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MENTORED YOUTH PROGRAM 2018

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2018 MENTORED YOUTH DAYS - CATFISH

July 28-29 (North Park Lake) & August 4-5 (Nockamixon State Park)

The Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission (PFBC) is offering two Mentored Youth fishing opportunities this summer near Pittsburgh and Philadelphia.

“Youth can never have enough opportunities to fish,” said PFBC Executive Director John A. Arway. “The Commission is committed to providing youth and their mentors with many different opportunities to learn fishing skills and participate in special Mentored Youth Days. These two programs are specifically designed to show kids who live in urban environments that there are good fishing opportunities close to their cities.”

The first opportunity will be on July 28 and 29 in North Park, in Allegheny County, on the Boathouse Pond portion of North Park Lake. North Park is located north of Pittsburgh at 10301 Pearce Mill Road, Allison Park, PA 15101. This is a cooperative effort involving Allegheny County Parks.

Beginning at 6 p.m. July 28 at North Park, properly licensed or permitted youth and mentors will have the chance to participate in the Mentored Youth summer catfish opportunity. Fishing will continue until 11 p.m. and again from dawn until 11 p.m. on July 29. PFBC staff, partners, and volunteers will be on hand both days to help participants.

The second opportunity will be on August 4 and 5 at the Children’s Pond, at Nockamixon State Park. Nockamixon State Park is located at 1542 Mountain View Drive, Quakertown, PA 18951. This is a cooperative effort involving the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, Bureau of State Parks.

Beginning at 6 p.m. August 4, properly licensed or permitted youth and mentors will have the chance to participate in the Mentored Youth summer catfish opportunity. Fishing will continue until 11 p.m. and again from dawn until 11 p.m. on August 5. PFBC staff, partners, and volunteers will be on hand both days to help participants.

The catfish population at both sites will be supplemented with a stocking of catfish prior to the Mentored Youth Days. The stocked catfish will range from 14 inches up to a hefty size of 24 inches. Youth may harvest two catfish per day, but mentors must practice catch and release.

2018 MENTORED YOUTH DAYS - TROUT

March 24 (regional) and April 7 (statewide) - 8 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Take part in the Commission’s Mentored Youth Trout Days. Youth under the age of 16 can join a mentor (adult) angler who has a current fishing license and trout permit to fish on Saturday, March 24 on Stocked Trout Waters within the 18 southeastern regional counties for regional trout season, and to fish  and to fish Stocked Trout Waters in the remaining counties on Saturday, April 7. Please note:


ADULT ANGLERS

To participate in the Mentored Youth Fishing Day, anglers 16 years of age or older (adult anglers) must possess a valid Pennsylvania Fishing License and a current Trout/Salmon Permit, and be accompanied by a youth (less than 16 years of age) who has obtained a Mentored Youth Fishing Permit or Voluntary Youth Fishing License from the Commission. While mentors will be permitted to fish for trout, they are not permitted to harvest trout and must release them unharmed.

YOUTH ANGLERS

Youth anglers must obtain a Mentored Youth Fishing Permit or Voluntary Youth Fishing License from the Commission and be accompanied by an adult licensed angler in order to participate. Youth may harvest up to two trout (combined species) with a minimum size of 7 inches. All other Commonwealth Inland Water regulations apply.


The Mentored Youth Permit is free.

The Voluntary Youth License is $2.90 ($1.00 cost + $1.90 agent/transaction fee).

Why Buy?
For each Voluntary Youth License purchased for $2.90 (or Voucher once it is redeemed), the PFBC receives $5 back in funding as a federal reimbursement. These funds are dedicated to be used in youth outreach and education programs. The Commission receives no federal reimbursement for Mentored Youth Permits.

While both the permit and the Voluntary Youth License provide the opportunity for youth to fish on Mentored Youth Fishing Days, the Voluntary Youth License provides an extended return for both Pennsylvania’s youth and the Commission, the Commission encourages anglers to purchase either a Voluntary Youth License or a Voluntary Youth License Voucher—for the future of fishing!


Youth permits, voluntary licenses and vouchers are available at GoneFishingPA.com or at any of the more than 900 licensing agents across the state.

Other Commonwealth inland regulations apply.

Please note that once an individual turns 16, he or she must possess a valid fishing license. The youth permit or voluntary youth license is only valid until the individual turns 16.

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