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Activities/Crafts

How to Draw Videos

How to Draw a... Brook Trout
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Let’s learn How to Draw a Brook Trout with the help of one of PFBC’s Fishing Skills Instructors, Tiffany London.

How to Draw a... Pumpkinseed
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Displaying colors as vibrant as some tropical fish, Pumpkinseeds have bright turquoise colors on their head and body. Their belly can be yellow or sometimes orange in color.

Warm, sunny days in May are a great time to head to local lakes and learn how to fish! Pumpkinseeds are lots of fun to catch and easier to catch than most fish! They provide multiple opportunities for new anglers to learn how to hook, reel in and release fish for the first time.

How to Draw a... Smallmouth Bass
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Known as “Bronzeback” by some anglers, Smallmouth Bass, are a popular sportfish across PA. The scales on their body cast a bronze colored sheen. They have a series of 8-15 olive colored, vertical lines on their sides. Their eyes can be orange to red in color.

Big Summer Bass
Crossword puzzle testing your knowledge of Largemouth Bass and fishing techniques.

Fish Parts
Word search puzzle on external anatomy of soft ray fish. Label the parts and find the names in the word search. Good introduction to terminology. Answers

Freaky Fish
Cut and paste together different fish shapes to create your very own Freaky Fish! Check out more in the PLAY: Freaky Fish issue.

Little Cats
Do you know how many catfish are in PA? Test your knowledge, fill in the answers and uncover a secret message using this fun activity.

Life of a Trout
Activity - Cut out, paste and learn about PA’s trout, their habitat and their lifecycle.

Pike Family
Word search introducing you to the fish found in the Pike Family.

Smallmouth Bass Skills
Use the PLAY: Smallmouth Bass articles to find “BOLD Letter words” throughout the issue. Use those words to solve the puzzles in this activity!

The Search for Big Black Bass
Word search introducing you to PA’s Black Bass.

What fish can you catch at the lake
Word scramble and matching activity.

 

 

Coloring Pages

 

 

PLAY Newsletters

"Fishing is Reel Fun” booklet
This 18-page activity booklet is full of fishing and boating information to help anglers and boaters of all ability levels enjoy safe, fun, and year-round outdoor adventures in Pennsylvania. Enjoy!

PLAY: All About Fish
PLAY brochure containing the following articles: fish anatomy, a fish family tree, and How fish swim.

PLAY: All About Trout
PLAY brochure containing the following articles: All About Trout, PA's Trout & Salmon Family Tree, It's a Trout's Life, Trout Fishing, Care of the Catch.

PLAY: The Catfish Family
PLAY brochure containing the following articles: The Catfish Family;Catfish in Pennsylvania;Life of a Catfish; Know your Catfish; To Catch a Cat; Little Cats (questions & word secret message).

PLAY: Freaky Fish of PA
PLAY brochure containing the following articles: Freaky Fish of PA; Paddlefish & Gars; Catfish; Parasitic Lampreys; Northern Snakehead; Aquatic Invasive Species; Create Your Own Freaky Fish.

PLAY: PA’s Most Migratory Fish
PLAY brochure containing the following articles: PA’s Most Migratory Fish; The Life Cycle of American Shad; Where Have All the Fish Gone?; A Successful Shad Story; Many More Migratory Fish.

PLAY: PA’s Plentiful Yellow Perch
PLAY brochure containing the following articles: PA’s Plentiful Yellow Perch; Range & Habitat; ID a Perch; A Fish of Many Names; Life Cycle; What’s For Supper?; Perch Matching Game.

PLAY: PA's Unusual Fish
PLAY brochure containing the following articles: Unusual Fish, Paddlefish, Quillback Carpsucker, Longnose Gar, Atlantic Sturgeon, American Eel, Burbot.

PLAY: Perch Family
PLAY brochure containing the following articles: The Perch Family; Darters; Yellow Perch; Fishing for Yellow Perch; Sauger and Walleye; Fishing for Sauger or Walleye; The Perch Family (word search).

PLAY: Pike Family
PLAY brochure containing the following articles: All About the Pike Family; Grass Pickerel and Redfin Pickerel; Chain Pickerel; Northern Pike; Muskellunge; Pike Family Word Search.

PLAY: Smallmouth Bass
PLAY brochure containing the following articles: Smallmouth Bass; A Bronzeback is Born; Here a Bass, There a Bass; Smallmouth Bass Game; Tubing for Smallmouth, Smallmouth Bass Skills.

PLAY: The Sunfish Family (Bass)
PLAY brochure containing the following articles: The Sunfish Family, Sunfish Family Tree, Life of a Sunfish, Know Your Bass, To Catch a Bass, Care of the Catch.

 

 

Videos/Links

PLAYLISTS

The following two links are playlists that will take you through all of PFBC’s videos related to PA Fishes OR you can go through them individually by clicking links below.

VIDEOS

A Swimmingly Good Time!
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These Rainbow Trout are checking out their new home while demonstrating how they use their body and fins to swim.

All About PA Musky Program
Learn all about PFBC’s Musky rearing and stocking program. Check out the video caption for more details.

Collecting Walleye for Spawning- Linesville SFH (2018)
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See first-hand how Walleye are collected for spawning.

Fall Trout Stocking at Little Buffalo (2018)
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PFBC Hatchery staff, Waterways Conservation Officers and volunteers stock several hundred rainbow trout into Holman Lake at Little Buffalo State Park in Perry County.

Intro to Crappie Fishing
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Late May through early June can be a very productive time to catch Crappies! They are fun to catch and can be found within casting distance of the shoreline this time of year. Check out this Intro to Crappie Fishing video, created by PFBC Fishing Skills Instructors, Don and Renee Kelly (Owners of Wellsboro Tackle Shack)!

Intro to Panfish Fishing
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Late May & throughout summer is a great time to get out and fish for Panfish! They are fun to catch and quick to take your bait on warm days. Check out this Intro to Panfish Fishing video, created by PFBC Fishing Skills Instructor, Kelly Williams!

Lake Erie Brown Trout Program
Learn about PFBC’s Lake Erie Brown Trout program. Check out video caption for more details about the program.

Linesville State Fish Hatchery Brown Trout
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The staff at Linesville State Fish Hatchery in Crawford County has been stocking hundreds of trophy-sized brown trout into Lake Erie tributaries.

Pennsylvania Fishes
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Have you ever wondered about the variety of fishes that swim within Pennsylvania’s abundant waterways? Well, wonder no more!

Pennsylvania Musky Program (2019)
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The stocking of fewer but larger yearling muskies represents a change in the way the PFBC manages muskies; whereas previously, a larger number of smaller fingerling muskies were stocked. Biologist research indicates that the new approach of introducing larger fish will greatly increase the survival rate of these fish.

Pennsylvania’s Steelhead Program (2019)
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In this video, Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission hatchery staff and volunteers collect hundreds of steelhead during their annual spawning voyage to Trout Run, a protected tributary nursery water.

PA Rainbow Trout Spawning (2015)
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Have you ever wondered about the raising of trout in one of our State Fish Hatcheries? Last Spring we shared with you an in-depth look of the process from fingerling to stocking day. Now, we are pleased to bring you "The Prequel" to that video. Join us as we learn about raising your Rainbow Trout from spawning to fingerling.

Prep for 2020 Walleye and Sauger Season
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Did you know that the PFBC raises and stocks more than trout?

Raising Walleye (2016)
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The Fish and Boat Commission supplements Walleye populations through stocking. There is a good chance that a Walleye you caught was stocked by the Commission. This video provides a quick overview of the process.

Raising Your Trout
Learn how your trout are raised and stocked into Stocked Trout Waterways.

Raising Your Trout (2015 extended version)
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This approximately 50-minute video gives the viewer the illusion of watching a live video stream of the life cycle of a hatchery-raised trout, with commentary by Jim Wetherill, Regional Fisheries Manager (retired) of the Huntsdale State Fish Hatchery in Newville.

Recovery of the Chesapeake Logperch
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This video describes efforts by researchers from several conservation agencies to study the life cycle of the Chesapeake Logperch and restore their numbers within their historical home range. (Project partners include the PFBC, USFWS, Penn State University, Pennsylvania Biological Survey, Susquehanna River Basin Commission, Maryland Department of Natural Resources, Conservation Fisheries, Inc., and volunteers.)

Springtime Treasure – Yellow Perch
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Known in some parts of the United States as “Coontail”,“Convict”, or “redfin”, the Yellow Perch is a “springtime” treasure for PA anglers.

Steelhead Collection from Trout Run (2018)
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In this video, Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission hatchery staff and volunteers collect hundreds of steelhead during their annual spawning voyage to Trout Run, a tributary nursery water on the shore of Lake Erie.

Steelhead Stocking Lake Erie Tributaries (2015)
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This video shows PFBC staff from the Fairview State Fish Hatchery stocking juvenile Steelhead into Presque Bay.

Wild Trout Survey: East Branch Standing Stone Creek
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The Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission conducts a wild trout survey along the East Branch Standing Stone Creek, located within Greenwood Furnace State Park in Huntingdon County, PA.

Young-of-year Walleye Survey, Susquehanna River
This video shows PFBC biologists, on location, conducting an electro-fishing survey to study the populations of Walleye in the Susquehanna River. Check out the video caption for more details.

 

 

Additional Resources

The 100-Year Chain: The Pike Family
Overview of the pike family.

American Eel
Introduction to the American eel. 

Atlantic Sturgeon
Introduction to the Atlantic sturgeon.

Back to the Sea
Fact sheet details fall migration of fish such as American shad, herring, striped bass and American eel from Pennsylvania's Susquehanna and Delaware Rivers. Includes information on turbine passage.

Burbot
Introduction to the burbot.

Diadromy
Information on diadromous fishes--fish that migrate between salt and fresh water. Anadromous and catadromous fish.

Dino-fish
Information on the prehistoric fish, Dunkleosteous, found in Pennsylvania.

Fish Biology
PFBC PA Fishes Book chapter 1 - Fish Biology. Covers what makes a fish a fish, anatomy, senses and more.

From Egg to Creel: Life of a Hatchery Trout
Fact sheet on the steps in trout culture. How the Commission raises and stocks trout.

It's a Trout's Life
Compares life cycles of hatchery and wild trout.

Know Your Bass
How to tell the difference between largemouth and smallmouth bass.

Largemouth Bass: Focus on Habitat
This handout describes and shows the habitat for a largemouth bass.

Life of a Sunfish
Life cycle of sunfish.

Migratory Fish Restoration and Passage on the Susquehanna River

Paddlefish
Introduction to paddlefish.

Pennsylvania's Trout and Salmon Family Tree
Overview of the trout and salmon family.

Longnose Gar
Introduction to the longnose gar.

Quillback Carpsucker
Introduction to the quillback carpsucker.

Seasons of a Trout
Life cycle of a wild trout.

The Sunfish Family
Overview of the sunfish family.

Sunfish Family Tree
Family tree of Pennsylvania sunfish.

Trout Identification
Identification of brook, brown, rainbow, golden rainbow trout.

Water Temperature and Fish (SMART Angler's Notebook)
Shows the range of water temperatures that different species of fish can live in.