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FSI: Your Turn
Solve the “word equations” to reveal some of the tools needed to investigate. Check out the PLAY Issue (PA FSI: Fish Science Investigation) to help you out.
Make a Time Capsule
Share your fishing or boating story with someone in the future, but boxing up some of your found memories and sealing them away until a specified date in the future.
Mentored Youth Program
Mentored Youth Trout Fishing Days provide an opportunity for young anglers and their adult mentors to fish for trout prior to the opening day of trout.
PA State Fish Hatcheries
Find all of PFBC State Fish Hatcheries in the word search.
PFBC Career Opportunities
Discover types of jobs found within PA Fish and Boat Commission. Word Search.
You can find additional activities and crafts on the last page of every PLAY newsletter!
PLAY: Careers With the PA Fish and Boat Commission
PLAY brochure containing the following articles –
Careers with PFBC; Protect Our Aquatic Resources with Law Enforcement; Conserve and Manage Aquatic Resources with Fisheries; Enhance Recreational Fishing with Hatcheries & Other PFBC Jobs which Protect the Environment; Improve Fishing & Boating Opportunities with Engineering and Property Services; Provide Fishing and Boating Opportunities with Outreach, Education and Marketing; PFBC Career Opportunities (word search).
PLAY: Flowing through time with PFBC
PLAY brochure containing the following articles – Flowing through time with PFBC; 1866-1941: Launching the Agency; 1941-1991: Casting Forth the Mission; 1991-2016: Propelling into the Future; Make a Time Capsule.
PLAY: PA FSI: Fish Scene Investigation
PLAY brochure containing the following articles – PA FSI: Fish Scene Investigation; Collecting and Analyzing the Data; Tools of the trade: Electrofishing; Tools of the Trade: Nets and Surveys; Decisions, Decisions; FSI: Your Turn (word equations).
PLAY: PFBC Then & Now
PLAY brochure containing the following articles – PFBC Then & Now; American Shad – The PFBC’s Founding Fish; Historical Hatcheries; Lake Erie Fish Research and Patrol by Boat – Then; Lake Erie Fish Research and Patrol by Boat – Now; Stocking Trout in PA – The Times have Changed & Stocking Then & Now; PA State Fish Hatcheries (word search).
The following two links are to playlists that will take you through all of PFBC’s videos related to the agency operations, careers, fish management, stocking and more OR you can click on individual topics using the additional links below.
The following videos introduce viewers to what PFBC does and a few important milestone events. Learn more about each video in the video description.
Aquatic Resource Management
This video introduces viewers to PFBC’s work in aquatic resource protection and management.
Boating Opportunities – PA Fish and Boat Commission
This video introduces viewers to the boating opportunities available in PA.
Fishing and Boating Opportunities in PA
Learn about the fishing and boating opportunities that PA offers.
Fishing Opportunities – PA Fish and Boat Commission
This video introduces viewers to the fishing opportunities available in PA.
Fishing Opportunities at State Park
Introduces fishing opportunities at State Parks.
PA Angler & Boater Magazine’s 85th Anniversary
This video introduces viewers to magazine covers from PFBC’s PA Angler and Boater Magazine, in celebration of their 85th anniversary.
PFBC Centre Region Office Dedication
This video introduces viewers to the dedication of PFBC’s newest facility in Centre County, PA.
Unveiling of PFBC Historical Marker (2016)
This video introduces viewers to a historical marker placed at PFBC headquarters in Harrisburg, during the year-long 150th celebration of the agency.
Our 150th Year: A Year of Reflection
This video introduces viewers to a recap of events held throughout 2016 to celebrate PFBC’s 150th year.
ACCESS & ENGINEERING
Below are a few videos that introduce viewers to some of the work PFBC does to provide access, improve lake safety and more. Learn more about each video in the video description.
Howe Township Access Improvement
This video introduces viewers to PFBC’s work to provide parking, boat ramps and access to waterways in PA.
Turning the Valve at Tamarack Lake
Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission Executive Director Tim Schaeffer joins local community groups, volunteers and elected officials for a valve turning ceremony (e.g. refilling of the lake) at Tamarack Lake located in Crawford County. The lake has been mostly dry since 2012 when it was drained for a lengthy dam reconstruction and rehabilitation project.
BOATING, PADDLING & WATER SAFETY
Below are several videos that introduce viewers to PFBC boating/paddling safety videos and announcements. Learn more about each video in the video description.
4th of July Weekend/BUI News Conference (2019)
This video introduces viewers to the importance of safe boating and not boating under the influence of alcohol.
Basic Boating Basics
This video introduces viewers to the basics of safe boating. What you need to know before you go. Check out the video caption to learn more.
Boaters- Life Jackets Save Lives
This video introduces viewers to the importance of life jackets.
Boating Opportunities: PA Fish and Boat Commission
This video introduces viewers to boating opportunities in PA. Check out the video caption to learn more.
Don’t Drink and Boat
This video introduces viewers to the dangers of drinking and boating. Check out the video caption for additional details.
This video introduces viewers to fall paddling opportunities and safety.
Good Day PA! Boating Safely this Memorial Day Weekend
This video provides a boating safety reminder for holiday weekends. A great video to help remind paddlers and boaters how to stay safe on the water.
Kayak Fishing Program – Safety
In this video, PFBC Southcentral Region Education Specialist, Adam Spangler, introduces viewers to the basics of life jackets and safety, launch permits, kayak parts, how to get in the kayak, parts of the paddle and basic paddling strokes and more!
Learning to Kayak 101
This video introduces viewers to basics on how to paddle a whitewater kayak. Check out the video caption for further details.
Mandatory Life Jacket Requirement
This video shares the importance of wearing a life jacket and shares the dates you need to wear a life jacket for “cold weather wear” (Nov 1 – April 30).
Canoeing, kayaking, and stand-up paddleboarding are very popular recreational water sports in Pennsylvania. Before you embark on your first kayak trip, you should know what is required by PA law; what is recommended; and what is just nice to have.
PFBC- National Safe Boating Week 2020
National Safe Boating week comes around each year, to remind boaters how to be safe on the waterways. Check out the video and description for more details.
PFBC Safe Boating Conference
This video highlights the importance of safe boating.
Safe Boating Basics
This video introduces viewers to basic safe boating techniques. Check out the video description for more details.
Safe Summer Boating Message
Shares tips for safe, summer boating.
PFBC Commission Meetings
This link takes you to PFBC’s Commissioner Meeting playlist. These videos introduce viewers to how PFBC’s Commissioner meetings are run, and important decisions made to not only protect and enhance PA’s waterways, but also to provide safe and fun fishing and boating opportunities.
EDUCATION & LAW ENFORCEMENT
Below are videos that introduce viewers to some of the work that PFBC Law Enforcement and Education staff conduct. Learn more about each video in the video description.
PA-HART Operation Hurricane (2019)
PFBC Family Fishing Programs
PFBC 21st Waterway Conservation Officer (WCO) Class Graduation
PFBC on Location: Regional Education Specialist
Below are several videos that introduce viewers to some of PFBC’s work that involves fish management and fish habitat improvement work, resource protection, hatcheries, how PFBC raise fish to stock and stocking events at PA streams/lakes. Learn more about each video in the video description.
FISH MANAGEMENT, HABITAT IMPROVEMENT & RESOURCE PROECTION
Bobs Creek Habitat Project
Lake Erie Brown Trout Program
Lake Habitat Project at Frances Slocum State Park
Lake Habitat Project – Minsi Lake
Lake Habitat Section Catfish Spawning Box
Lake Nessmuk Habitat Project- Phase 1 (2017)
PFBC Musky Program
Recovery of the Chesapeake Logperch
Stream Habitat – Case Study – Little Lehigh Creek
Stream Habitat - Case Study – Spring Creek
Wild Trout Survey: East Branch Standing Stone Creek
Young-of-Year Walleye Survey, Susquehanna River
HATCHERIES & COOPERATIVE NURSERIES
The following videos introduces viewers to a few of PFBC’s hatcheries located around the state and our Cooperative Nursery Program. Learn more about each video in the video description.
Counting Trout at Reynoldsdale State Fish Hatchery
Huntsdale State Fish Hatchery Open House (2017)
Linesville State Fish Hatchery Brown Trout
PFBC’s Cooperative Nursery Program
Tylersville State Fish Hatchery
SPAWNING FISH AT PFBC HATCHERIES
The following videos introduce viewers to how PFBC spawn fish in their hatcheries for stocking purposes. Learn more about each video in the video description.
Collecting Walleye for Spawning- Linesville SFH (2018)
PA Rainbow Trout Spawning (2015)
Raising Your Trout
Steelhead Collection from Trout Run
The following videos introduce viewers to how fish are stocked in lakes and streams in PA. A few videos also introduce videos to the Keystone Select Waterway program. Learn more about each video in the video description.
2020 Trout Stocking: Pine Grove Furnace State Park
Children’s Lake Trout Stocking
Fall Trout Stocking on Clarks Creek
Fall Trout Stocking at Harveys Lake and Harveys Creek
Fall Trout Stocking at Little Buffalo
Fall Trout Stocking at R. B. Winter State Park
Keystone Select Trout: McMichael Creek
Keystone Select Trout Stocking: Quittapahilla Creek
Steelhead Stocking in Full Swing at Lake Erie Tributaries
Stocking Trout in Pennsylvania State Parks
Trout Being Raised in PA for Fishing
Trout Stocking in Pennypack Creek, Philadelphia
Winter Safety, Trout Stocking at Chapman State Park
Career Opportunities With the PFBC
Describes some of the career opportunities in the Fish and Boat Commission and how these positions are filled. Also includes information on volunteer opportunities.
Great White Fleet
Fact sheet on stocking trucks and how the Commission stocks trout.
PA State Fish Hatcheries: Engines for Rural Economic Development
Overview of PA hatcheries and how they support PA's economy.
Pleasant Gap State Fish Hatchery's 100th Anniversary
History of the Pleasant Gap hatchery.
Pleasant Mount State Fish Hatchery's 100th Anniversary
History of the Pleasant Mount hatchery.
The Toolbox: Electrofishing
How PFBC uses electrofishing equipment to catch fish and conduct fish studies.
The Toolbox: Trap Nets
Why and how trap nets are used by the PFBC.