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PENNSYLVANIA LEAGUE OF ANGLING YOUTH (PLAY)

The Pennsylvania League of Angling Youth, or PLAY, started in 1981 as a way to get information about fish, fishing, conservation and safety in the hands of kids. PLAY newsletters are provided in the Commission’s magazine, Pennsylvania Angler & Boater, on a quarterly basis. Written for youth, ages 8 to 12 years old, the newsletters are also available online as PDF issues, and for some newsletters, in a video format (follow links below). Although these newsletters are developed for youth, we're confident that audiences of all ages will find the information useful and interesting. Just choose a topic of interest to join in the fun!

PLAY NEWSLETTERS

2021

Winter - Vernal Pools (PDF)
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Spring - Dive into Stream Ecology (PDF)
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Summer - Jump into Lake Ecology (PDF)
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Fall - Rivers Run Through Pennsylvania (PDF)
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2020

Winter - The "Lure" of Being a Mentor (PDF)
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Spring - The Perch Family (PDF) 
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Summer - Superheroes of Summer (PDF)
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Fall - AngleR3 Education (PDF)
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2019

Winter - Water Flows Through Pennsylvania (PDF) 
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Spring - Why Do We Fish? (PDF)
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Summer - Kayak Fishing (PDF)
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Fall - H2O on the Go (PDF)
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2018

Winter - Crazy for Crayfish (PDF)
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Spring - Water, Water, Read All About It (PDF)
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Summer - Anytime is a Great Time to Take Your Family Fishing! (PDF) 
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Fall - Fish for Dinner! (PDF)
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2017

Winter - Fishing-An Adventure for Anyone! (PDF) 
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Spring - Fishing in the High Tech World! (PDF)
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Summer - Urban Fishing (PDF)
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Fall - Careers with the Pennsylvania Fish & Boat Commission (PDF) 
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2016

Winter - Flowing through Time with PFBC (PDF) 
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Spring - Trout Training (PDF) 
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Summer - Bass Fishing Fun (PDF)
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Fall - Freaky Fish of Pennsylvania (PDF)
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2015

Winter - Angler's Calendar (PDF)
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Spring - All About Trout (PDF)

Summer - A Day at the Lake (PDF) 
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Fall - All About the Pike Family (PDF) 
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2014

Winter -Where Do They Go In Winter? (PDF)
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Spring - Shore is Nice Here (PDF)
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Summer - Competitive Fishing (PDF)

Fall - Fishing from a Human-powered Boat (PDF)
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2013

Winter - Good Fishing Needs Good Habitat (PDF)

Spring - Pennsylvania's FSI: Fish Scene Investigation (PDF) 
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Summer - Take a Friend Fishing (PDF)

Fall - PFBC Then & Now (PDF)

2012

Winter - Pennsylvania's Snakes (PDF)
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Spring - Pennsylvania's Handsome Hoppers (PDF)
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Summer - Pennsylvania's Secret Salamander Treasures (PDF)
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Fall - Pennsylvania's League of Lizards (PDF)
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2011

Winter - Keeping it Cool (PDF)
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Spring - Jump into Shad Fishing (PDF)

Summer - Fishing for Catfish (PDF)
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Fall - Steelhead (PDF)

2010

Winter - Back to the Basics: Paddling Gear (PDF)

Spring - Back to the Basics: Water Safety for Paddlers (PDF)

Summer - Back to the Basics: Paddling Techniques (PDF)
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Fall - Big Waterways, Big Boating Fun! (PDF) 
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2009

Winter - Back to the Basics: Gear (PDF)
Spring - Back to the Basics: Bait/Lures (PDF)
Summer - Putting It All Together (PDF)
Winter - Back to the Basics: Boats (PDF)

2008

Winter - The Road to Extinction
Spring - Sci-fi in the Real World
Summer - Fish Around the Clock
Fall - Catfish

2007

Winter - Smallmouth Bass
Spring - Mussels
Summer - Largemouth Bass
Fall - Fall Fishing

2006

Winter - PA's Plentiful Yellow Perch
Spring - Six Legs Underwater
Summer - Lake Erie
Fall - Pennsylvania's Turtles

2005

Winter - 25 Years, Winter Fishing
Spring - Are You Ready?
Summer - PA's Most Mighty Migratory Fish
Fall - Fall Fishing

2004

Winter - '04 Fishing Season, etc.
Spring - Are you a SMART Angler?
Summer - Watersheds
Fall - Fishing & History

2003

Winter - All About Trout

Spring - Introduction to Amphibians (PDF)
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Summer - The Sunfish Family (Bass)

Fall - PA's Unusual Fish

2002

Winter - Tackle-crafting
Spring - Dangers Around the Water
Summer - Introduction to Reptiles
Fall - All About Fish

2001

Winter - Ice Fishing (PDF)
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Spring - 20 Years of PLAY
Summer - Take Your Family Fishing
Fall - PA's Least Wanted