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 REGION COUNTIES -- Berks, Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Lancaster, Lehigh, Montgomery, Northampton, Philadelphia, Schuylkill (County Guide


December 14 , 2022

 Starting on December 1st, 2022 you can purchase your 2023 annual fishing licenses. You can consider purchasing a fishing license voucher as a Christmas or Holiday gift, also, a great gift for a child in your life is a Mentored Youth Permit which is free.  Other option is to purchase a Voluntary Youth License which is only $2.90. This is an inexpensive way to give a gift to a child and a gift for future kids' programs provided by the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission. While children under the age of 16 do not need a license, a Voluntary Youth Fishing License or free Mentored Youth Permit is required for special youth fishing opportunities in the coming year.

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Mandatory Cold Weather Life Jacket Wear reminder- From November 1st to April 30th, boaters are required to wear life jackets on boats less than 16 feet in length or ANY canoe or kayak. The regulation is intended to protect boaters from the dangers of cold-water shock if they fall into the water. 

Northampton County

Anglers have been catching bass and panfish in area ponds with a variety of lures. Bushkill township owns and maintains a couple of these ponds on Kromer Rd and Albert Rd.

Anglers have also been seen fishing for bass in the Lehigh Canal on Sand Island in Bethlehem.

Anglers have been fly-fishing for trout in the Saucon Creek in Saucon Park and upstream.

Lastly, Minsi Lake has a boat mooring area for public use in accordance with the registration requirements, however, all boats moored there are to be removed for the winter starting December 1st.

Southern Lancaster County

Outdoor enthusiasts who have fished for Conestoga Smallmouth Bass, or paddled in its waters, are encouraged t cast their vote for Conestoga River as the River of the Year!  Presently, the 60-miles Conestoga River stands as one of four nominees for the 2023 River of the Year Program.

Read the full DCNR November 30, 2022, press release:

Pennsylvania's "River of The Year" program initiated in 1983 as a co-sponsored program of PA Department of Conservation & Natural Resources and the Pennsylvania Organization for Watersheds &Rivers.

The waterway that receives the most votes becomes the River of the Year! The sponsor organization receives a $10,000grant form DCNR and technical assistance to help them with celebrating their waterway.

Lancaster counties 44 miles of the Susquehanna River SUSQUEHANNA RIVERLANDS - SUSQUEHANNA RIVER WATER TRAIL have twice been recognized during the 40-year program tenure inclusive of the Susquehanna River proper being named River of The Year.

Reports compiled by Anneli Frank Langer (, Southeast Region Education Specialist, using information provided by Waterways Conservation Officers, Area Fisheries Managers and other PFBC staff