PFBC Co-Sponsors Giveaway
Inside the Outdoors, February 5,

If you are one who loves the great outdoors and has dreamed of possibly owning a kayak to float the Loyalhanna Creek or boat upon the waters of Keystone State Park Lake, you may be the lucky recipient as the winner of a giveaway package.

The Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission (PFBC) has partnered with Cabala’s to sponsor a kayak package giveaway during the winter months when many anglers are either getting ready for the upcoming fishing seasons, visiting sports and outdoors shows, or making plans to get out more in the upcoming new year.

According to Eric Levis, press secretary of the PFBC, “The grand prize in this unique giveaway is an Emotion Stealth Angler 11 Kayak; an advanced angler tackle bag; two cool mesh life jackets; and a fish eagle classic rod/reel combo. All the prizes have been donated by Cabala’s.

“This is an opportunity to invite people to come and visit us at sports and outdoor shows this winter,” said Steve Keralik, director of the PFBC Bureau of Outreach, Education and Marketing. “It also gives us a chance to speak with people and promote the good fishing and boating opportunities available here in the commonwealth.”

One can visit the Allegheny Sport, Travel and Outdoor Show February 17-21 and sign up at the PFBC booth there. The public may also enter this giveaway by visiting through March 14.

In addition he added, “We, particularly, want to thank the sponsor for donating the prizes. One lucky individual is going to be nicely equipped for kayak fishing this year.”

The winner will be notified after April 8. A date, time and location for the winner to pick up the kayak package will be determined in the weeks after the winner is notified.

No purchase is required. Only one entry will be accepted for adults 18 and older who live in the United States. Employees of both the PFBC and Cabela’s are not eligible.


Since I am highlighting one of the current activities of the PFBC, now would be a good time to highlight some of the new provisions mentioned in the 2016 Pennsylvania Fishing Summary Fishing Regulations and Laws booklet that is given to recipients who buy licenses and permits.

For example, the PFBC has initiated a new stocking program that provides anglers with an exciting opportunity to fish for larger trout in select waters. Under the program, approximately 3,200 large trout, two to three-years old and measuring between 14 and 20 inches, will be distributed among select waters under the Delayed Harvest, Artificial Lures Only special regulation.

Locally, Loyalhanna Creek from State Route 711 1.67 miles downstream to State Route 2045, is one of these Keystone Select Stocked Trout Waters.

With that stated, Dan McMaster from Ligonier Outfitters Newsstand, stated recently that his business is still selling buttons whereby the income will be used to stock trout in the project despite the fact that the PFFC will also stock this body with large trout.

If these fish hold to the areas where they were stocked, come June 15 to Labor Day, anglers ought to hit pay dirt, as the saying goes, as larger than usually stocked trout will be available for the harvesting. Minimum size is nine inches with the creel limit of three fish.

Fish for Free days for 2016 are May 29 and July 4. All fishing laws apply. One does not need a license during those 24-hour spans.

A durable plastic card version of the Senior Resident Lifetime license is available for $11.70. These may be purchased through issuing agents.

Finally, crappie cannot be harvested that are under the nine-inch length. This applies now to both Bridgeport Reservoir and Indian Lake in Westmoreland County. Lower and Upper Twin Lakes already have this size as part of their rule status. Seven other counties also stipulate that one only harvest nine-inch crappies.


While browsing the website of Yellow Creek State Park, I noticed that one is permitted to iceboat on the frozen surfaces of the lake during the winter months.

For those whom are new to this winter challenge, “An iceboat,” according to “is a boat or purpose-built framework similar in functional design to a sailboat but fitted with skis or runners (skates) and designed to run over ice instead of through water.”

A little history, iceboating dates back before the 19th century whereby these crafts were used for transportation of goods and racing. These boats reached lengths of 30 to 50 feet. Many active sailing clubs are thriving in the northern states. Thus, the sport continues on today

“Iceboating is permitted on all area lakes,” so states PFBC Southwest Region Manager Tom Qualters , “but all parties must wear vests while doing so."

- Paul J. Volkmann
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