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Pennsylvania Fish for Free Days

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Father and son heading out to go fishing. Photo: Getty Images / Mike Harrington
Getty Images / Mike Harrington

Fish for Free Days in Pennsylvania allow all residents and non-residents to legally fish in Pennsylvania waters without a fishing license. On these two special days only, the fishing license requirement is waived for everyone. It's a great excuse to get out and try fishing with your buddies or the family!

When:  Memorial Day, May 26, 2014  and  Independence Day, July 4, 2014

Where:  All public Pennsylvania lakes, rivers, creeks, streams and other waterways are open for fishing on PA Fish for Free Days.

What You Need to Know:
It is important to remember that Fish-for-Free Days in Pennsylvania only set aside the fishing license requirement. All other fishing rules and regulations still apply, including fishing seasons, fish sizes and creel limits.

PFBC Family Fishing Festivals:
In conjunction with Fish-for-Free Days, the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission (PFBC) offers Family Fishing Festivals in May and June, offering opportunities for families with little or no fishing experience to learn fishing skills and have fun fishing together.

Families will learn basic fishing skills and have an opportunity to practice those skills while fishing during the program. The program is open to everyone age 5 and older, and the PFBC waives the fishing license requirement during the program for registered participants 16 and older. The program is FREE and includes equipment, bait, tackle and instruction. Preregistration is required.

PFBC Family Fishing Festivals will be held at these Western PA locations in 2014: 

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. 

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