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Activities/Crafts

How to Draw Videos

How to draw a brook trout
Step-by-step - Learn how to draw PA’s State Fish, the Brook Trout, with one of PA Fish and Boat Commission’s Fishing Skills Instructors, Tiffany London!

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

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

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)

How To Draw a Pumpkinseed
Step-by-step - Learn how to draw one of PA’s popular panfish, the Pumpkinseed, with one of PA Fish and Boat Commission’s Fishing Skills Instructors, Tiffany London!

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

PA Fish Presentation Video
PFBC presentation – All About PA Fish.

PA’s Musky
Musky stocking of Tionesta Lake. Learn more about PFBC’s Musky program with Jared Sayers of Linesville State Fish Hatchery and Tim Schaeffer, PFBC Executive Director. Check out the video caption for more details.

PA Rainbow Trout Spawning (2015)
This video introduces viewers to the process PFBC staff follow to spawn Rainbow Trout in a hatchery setting.

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

Raising Walleye
This video introduces viewers to how PFBC staff raise Walleye to stock in PA waterways.

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

Recovery of the Chesapeake Logperch
This video describes efforts by researchers from several conservation agencies studying the life cycle of the Chesapeake Logperch and how they are working to restore their numbers within their historical home range. Check out the video caption for more details.

Steelhead Collection from Trout Run
This video introduces viewers to how PFBC staff collect Steelhead from Trout Run. Learn more about this process in the video description.

Wild Trout Survey: East Branch Standing Stone Creek
This video showcases a stream survey conducted by PFBC biologists and partners.

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.