July 4th marks 2nd Fish for Free Day

Anyone in the state can fish on The Fourth of July.

The Fourth of July is the second of two Fish-for-Free Days in Pennsylvania this year.

All state residents and non-residents can legally fish on Pennsylvania waterways from 12:01 a.m. to 11:59 p.m. on the Fourth of July without a fishing license or permits. All other Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission and other fishing regulations still apply.

May 28, Memorial Day, was the other Fish-for-Free Day.

“The dates around Memorial Day and Independence Day were chosen because they are popular picnic and camping days, with many families already spending the day at lakes and parks throughout the state,” said Steve Kralik, director of the PFBC Bureau of Outreach, Education and Marketing. “Fish-for-Free days offer an easy, convenient way to introduce friends and family to the sport of fishing, or to reconnect with the sport if someone hasn’t fished in some time.”

Free use of fishing gear is available at participating sites throughout northwestern Pennsylvania. In Warren County, loaner equipment is available at Chapman State Park.

The public can go to loaner locations like Chapman State Park and borrow rods, reels and a tackle box full of hooks and other terminal tackle.

This equipment is borrowed in much the same way books are borrowed from a library. Those wanting to borrow gear complete a form and the loan is made. At the end of the loan period, the equipment is returned to the site.

This program is a partnership between the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission, the American Sportfishing Association, and the sponsors listed below.

The program is designed to make it easy for anyone to access fishing tackle.

This equipment may also be loaned to groups conducting angler education programs in the community.

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