HARRISBURG - The Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission has scheduled several opportunities in May and June for families to learn fishing skills and enjoy fishing.
The commission is holding three Family Fishing Festivals in May and three in June. These events lead up to the two statewide Fish-for-Free Days - Memorial Day, May 26, and Independence Day, July 4.
"Family Fishing Festivals are a convenient way to introduce friends and family to the sport of fishing," said PFBC Executive Director John Arway. "While we offer family fishing programs throughout the year, the May and June events call more attention to the importance of fishing in the lives of many Pennsylvania families."
"Through the events, former and new anglers can try fishing at no cost," he added. "We know that once people try it, particularly kids, they will see that fishing is a great recreational activity and they will want to do it more."
Family Fishing Festivals are educational events designed for families with little or no fishing experience to have fun fishing together. Families will learn basic fishing skills and have an opportunity to practice those skills while fishing during the program.
The closest festival will take place June 7, in Centre County. That will be from 4-8 p.m. at Bald Eagle State Park's Foster Joseph Sayers Lake.
On May 3, an event will take place at Pinchot Lake in York County's Gifford Pinchot State Park from 9 a.m.-1 p.m.
The other Family Fishing Festivals statewide will be held at these locations:
* May 10, Nockamixon State Park, Lake Nockamixon, Bucks County, 9 a.m.-1 p.m.
* May 17, North Park, North Park Lake, Allegheny County, 2-6 p.m.
* June 21, Presque Isle State Park, Waterworks Ponds, Erie County, 9 a.m.-1 p.m.
* June 28, Lackawanna State Park, Lackawanna Lake, Lackawanna County, 9 a.m.-1 p.m.
The Fish Commission is waiving the fishing license requirement during the program for registered participants 16 and older. The program is open to all ages, including children ages 5 and older. The commission is providing equipment, bait and tackle. Agency staff will be present to teach skills and assist those who fish. Preregistration is required.
Visit www.GoneFishingPa.com to register or learn more about these events. Space is limited, and there will be no registrations accepted the day of the events.