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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!

How to Draw a... Pumpkinseed
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.

Angler Award Program
Application and rules for PFBC Angler Award Program.

Angler’s Calendar
Checklist and a coupon to ask someone to go fishing.

Bass Tournament Game
Try out this fun “board game” to see who in your family will win the “Bass Tournament.” 

Casting Cans
How to prepare a soda can for casting.

Catfish Field Cards
Cut and paste activity to create your own catfish field cards.

Come and Get Em
Fish and lure matching game.

Fishing Mentor Circle (Maze & Take Me Fishing Coupon)
Help guide the angler to the center of the maze. Be sure you collect everything she needs.

Fixing Old Lures
Learn how to fix old lures, with easy “how-to” tricks.

Floaters and Fishermen
Puzzle: information on the conflicts that can occur between floaters (canoes, kayaks, tubers) and anglers and how to minimize these conflicts. Puzzle answer

Knotes on Knots
How to tie fishing knots such as blood knot, improved clinch knot and more.

Knot Sense
Learn how to tie 3 knots – Clinch knot; surgeon’s knot; surgeon’s end loop.

Make A Jig
Learn how to make your own jig.

Panfish Wordsearch
See if you can find all of the names of the panfish.

Wading Staff Project
Learn how to make your own wading staff for wading safety.

 

 

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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: An Adventure for Anyone!
PLAY brochure containing the following articles –
Fishing-An Adventures for Anyone; A Day of Fishing – Make it an adventure/Fishing Trip tips; Where to fish; Summer is for Discoveries; New Beginnings; Prepare for a great year of fishing (word search).

PLAY: Anglers Calendar
PLAY brochure containing the following articles –
Angler’s Calendar; Why do we have fishing regulations?; ‘Tis the season- All Year Long; Laws and Regulations; Your Fishing Calendar (check list and take me fishing coupon).

PLAY: Are You a SMART Angler
PLAY brochure containing the following articles –
Are you a SMART Angler?; Safety First!; Manners Are Important; Appreciate Clean Water; Release Some of Your Catch; Off the Hook!; Teach Others to Be SMART Anglers.

PLAY: Back To The Basics – Fishing
PLAY brochure containing the following articles –
Back to the Basics – Fishing; Great Gear (word scramble); Casting Corner; Terminal Tackle (word search); Time To Accessorize; Know Those Knots; Don’t Pick UP Hitchhikers.

PLAY: Back To Basics – Fishing (Lures and More)
PLAY brochure containing the following articles –
Back To basics – Bait vs. Lure; Baits in your backyard (cross word); Habitat Adventures; Old Mother Hubbard went to the cupboard to fetch a poor angler some Bait; The Lures of PA Waters; Come and Get Em (matching game); Bait Rules.

PLAY: Bass Fishing Fun
PLAY brochure containing the following articles –
Bass Fishing Fun; Finding Bass Waters – Where to Start; Finding Bass Waters- The Hunt for Habitat; Bass Basics – Equipment; Bass Basics – Lures and Riggs; Bass Basics – Natural and Live Baits; The Search for Big Black Bass (Word search).

PLAY: Fishing for Catfish – Nighttime Summer Fun
PLAY brochure containing the following articles –
Fishing for Catfish; Catfish: Taking a Closer Look; Sundown Safety; Catching Catfish; Recipes for Success; Where to fish for catfish; PA’s Catfish Field Cards (cut out the catfish and past them on their correct card).

PLAY: Fish For Dinner
PLAY brochure containing the following articles –
Fish for Dinner; Care of the Catch: Getting Fish Home; Care of the Catch: Dressing a Fish; Care of the Catch: Filleting; Fish Recipe: Bluegill Fillets; Fish Recipe: Whole Trout; Fish Dinner (word search).

PLAY: Fishing & History
PLAY brochure containing the following articles –
Fishing & History; Fishing the North American Way; Enough Fish for Everyone; Fishing Rod History; Fishing High Tech; The Future of Fishing.

PLAY: It’s Nice, Fishing Through the Ice
PLAY brochure containing the following articles –
It’s Nice, Fishing Through the Ice; Is the Ice Safe?; What’s at the End of Your Line?; Cutting through the ice; Tips and Tricks: A Safety Checklist; Ice Fishing (word search)

PLAY: Keeping It Cool
PLAY brochure containing the following articles –
Keeping It Cool; Panfish Profile; Safety First; Ice Safety Thickness; Hitting the Ice; Dance the Little Jig; Nice Ice Locations (word search).

PLAY: Lake Erie
PLAY brochure containing the following articles –
Lake Erie; Lake Erie Smallmouth Bass; Lake Erie Walleye; Lake Erie Yellow Perch; Lake Erie Steelhead; Fishing on Lake Erie by Boat; Fishing Lake Erie by Shoreline.

PLAY: Shad Fishing
PLAY brochure containing the following articles –
Jump Into Shad Fishing; Shad Profile; Hazards on the Water; The Right Tools For the Job; Cruising for Shad; Get In a Pinch; Get Out there.

PLAY: Shore Is Nice Here
PLAY brochure containing the following articles –
Shore Is Nice Here; Going to the Bank; Fashionable Fishing; Wading for a Bite; Making a Wading Staff; Wacky Wader Safety (word scramble).

PLAY: The Lure of PA’s Silver Shadows
PLAY brochure containing the following articles –
Silver Shadows; Profiling Erie’s “Silver Bullet”; Stream Manners; Equipment used to target Steelhead; Catching Lake Erie Steelhead; Fighting and Releasing Steelhead; Steelhead Alley (word search).

PLAY: Tackle-Crafting
PLAY brochure containing the following articles –
Tackle-crafting, Beginning Fly Tying, Knot Sense, Making Jigs, Recipe for a Rod Tube, Fixing Old Lures, It's the Law.

PLAY: Take A Friend Fishing
PLAY brochure containing the following articles –
Take a Friend Fishing; Be a SMART Angler; Getting Started with Sunfish; Know Those Knots; Casting with a Friend; Catch a Panfish with a Friend; Panfish (Word Search).

PLAY: Take Your Family Fishing
PLAY brochure containing the following articles –
Take Your Family Fishing; Fishing from a Rented Boat; The Ideal Fishing Spot; Checklist of Equipment, Bait and Other Gear; The Basics: Casting and Knots; Panfish Identification.

PLAY: The Lure of Being and Mentor
PLAY brochure containing the following articles –
The Lure of Being a Mentor; Who can be a Mentor? YOU Can!; Mentors of ALL ages; Mentor Notes; Mentor Pathways – Where do you start?;Take action; Mentor Circle – First Steps Begin with You! (maze & take me fishing coupon).

PLAY: Trout Training
PLAY brochure containing the following articles –
Trout Training; Finding Trout waters; Know Your Tr-“outfit”; Casting Practice; Trout Training-Rig It Right (cut and match game); Trout Tactics – On the Fly; Trout Tactics – Without a Spin.

PLAY: Urban Fishing
PLAY brochure containing the following articles –
Urban Fishing; Urban Fishing (word search); Harrisburg; Philadelphia; Wilkes-Barre; Pittsburgh; Erie.

PLAY: Why Do We Fish?
PLAY brochure containing the following articles –
Why Do we fish?; Physical Benefits of Fishing; Fishing and Wellbeing; Fish is Good Food; Fishing is Big Business.

 

 

Videos/Links

PLAYLISTS

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

VIDEOS

PFBC Virtual Family Fishing Program
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If you have always wanted to attend a PFBC Family Fishing Program (FFP) but have not yet had the opportunity to do so, the agency's Education staff have developed a Virtual FFP (VFFP) just for you!

Whether new to fishing, returning to fishing, or introducing someone to the sport of fishing, these videos- and the (in-person) Family Fishing Program, itself- will get you started in the right direction. Our virtual FFP videos provide a variety of educational "stations" that introduce you to the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission, the FFP program, Casting, Knot-Tying, All About Fish, How to be a SMART Angler, How to Rig and Bait a Rod for Fishing, and the Rules and Regulations you need to know before you go fishing. Each virtual "station" is also broken into short video clips and provided to you in a series-format on our YouTube channel and our Facebook page, so that you can watch only the videos that you wish, and in the order that you wish.

PFBC’s in-person Family Fishing Programs are for families with little or no fishing experience. Participants learn basic fishing skills and practice those skills while fishing during the program. The program is open to all ages, including children ages 5 and older. The program is free, and all equipment and bait is provided. NOTE: the fishing license requirement is waived during the program for participants age 16 and older.

We look forward to helping you begin this exciting new journey and hope to see you on the water soon!

Casting Station (Complete)- VFFP 2020
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Welcome to the Introduction to Casting "Station" video brought to you by the Pennsylvania Fish & Boat Commission. In this video, we will introduce you to Cody Whipple, the NC Regional Education Specialist, who will provide information on two common rod and reel combinations that can be used to have an enjoyable experience out on the water. He will explain the components of each setup, proper hand placement, two methods for casting, troubleshooting casting errors, and a fun way to practice casting at home. This station is just one of a series of stations that can be found when you attend a Family Fishing Program (FFP).

SMART Angling Station (Complete)- VFFP 2020
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Welcome to the Introduction to SMART Angling “Station” brought to you by the Pennsylvania Fish & Boat Commission. In this 20-minute video, SC Regional Outreach and Education Coordinator, Dee Fisher, provides the "SMART Angling Station" of our Virtual Family Fishing Program. A SMART Angler knows to keep Safety First; Mind (their) Manners; Appreciate Clean Water; Release their catch in a Respectful and Responsible manner; and Teach Others how to be SMART Anglers, too. This station is just one of a series of stations that can be found when you attend a Family Fishing Program (FFP).

Catching Catfish is Fun!
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Anna from Gibsonia reels in her first catfish. Share her excitment with this video!

First Steelhead Excitement
Fourteen second video clip that captures the pure excitement of catching a Steelhead for the first time!

Fishing Opportunities – PA Fish and Boat Commission
This video introduces viewers to the fishing opportunities available in PA.

Ice Fishing in PA (2016)
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When life gives you snow and ice, go ice fishing! Winter is a great time to be in the outdoors- make sure to get out and enjoy the fantastic ice fishing found in Pennsylvania. Not only is it fun, but it is inexpensive as well. Remember though, safety first.

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!

PA Steelhead Program
Learn about PFBC’s Steelhead program and much more in this video. Check out the video caption to learn more.

PFBC Kayak Fishing Program: Jeff Woleslagle Presentation
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The PFBC hosted an inaugural kayak fishing program at Bald Eagle State Park on Saturday, July 18, 2015. This program is intended to provide an opportunity for anglers or kayak enthusiasts to learn about the basics of kayak fishing.

PFBC Musky Fishing Opportunities
This video features PA’s Musky, their stocking program and fishing. Check out the video caption to learn more.

Steelhead Anglers are Giving Thanks!
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Pennsylvania Anglers are Giving Thanks... because the Steelhead run has started!

Talking PA Fishing with Roland Martin
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On Monday, February 3, 2020, at the Great American Outdoor Show in Harrisburg, pro angler Roland Martin sat down for a quick conversation with Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission Executive Director Tim Schaeffer about fishing in Pennsylvania, growing up in nearby Maryland, and getting more young people involved in the sport.

Winter Safety, Trout Stocking at Chapman State Park
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This video introduces viewers to the importance of staying safe when fishing in the winter, as well as, showcasing trout stocking.

 

 

Additional Resources

Are You a Smart Angler?
Fact sheet detailing SMART concept, what letters in SMART stand for.

Care of the Catch
Techniques for releasing or keeping fish.

Care of the Catch - Trout
Techniques for releasing or keeping trout.

Finding Fish Under Frozen Water
How to find fish in the winter. Techniques and more.

Ice Fishing and Jigging: What's on the End of Your Line?
Fact sheet on the use of Jigs, Flash baits and swimming lures when Ice fishing.

Ice Fishing in Pennsylvania
Ice fishing opportunities in Pennsylvania, tips and safety.

Popular Sport-fishes of Pennsylvania
How, where and when to catch them.

Put 'em Back Alive
Details tips for catching and releasing trout.

Rigging for Carp
Fact sheet discussing tackle, basic rigs and bait to use when fishing for carp.

Supermarket Baits
Fact sheet showing how common food items can be used for bait. Good for intro or basic fishing skills program.

To Catch a Bass
How to use jigs to catch bass.