PA Fish & Boat Urges Safety for Anglers and Boaters this Spring

The Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission (PFBC) began its quarterly business meeting by thanking anglers, agency staff, and volunteers for a safe and successful start to the 2023 trout season, setting the stage for plentiful fishing and boating adventures throughout the spring and summer months.

“The excitement that surrounds our spring fishing opportunities, especially the Opening Day of trout season earlier this month, can still be felt all across Pennsylvania,” said Tim Schaeffer, PFBC Executive Director.  “The quality of the trout raised at our state fish hatcheries this year has been incredible, and anglers have flocked to the water to test their skills, relax, and make lasting memories with friends and family.”

Schaeffer noted that world-class stocked trout fishing opportunities will continue statewide with in-season stockings through the end of May, and also encouraged anglers to explore new waters and seek out different types of fishing experiences.

“When you take advantage of the plentiful stocked trout, our phenomenal wild trout streams, panfish and catfish action that is starting to pick up as the water warms, and the opening of Walleye season on May 6, there truly is no better time than right now to hit the water.  If you fish from a boat, please remember to always wear your lifejacket.”

Anglers and boaters are reminded that the PFBC’s cold weather life jacket requirement remains in effect from November 1 through April 30.  During this time, anyone aboard a boat less than 16 feet in length, including all canoes, kayaks, and paddleboards, is required to wear a lifejacket.  In addition, the PFBC and many other organizations throughout the Commonwealth will partner with the National Safe Boating Council to celebrate National Safe Boating Week from May 20-26, 2023.