Waters Announced for 2014 Mentored Youth Fishing Days

HARRISBURG, Pa. (Dec. 18) – The Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission (PFBC) today unveiled the waters which will be included in the 2014 statewide expansion of the popular Mentored Youth Fishing Day program.

“Think of this as a holiday gift for kids,” said PFBC Executive Director John Arway. “The pilot program last year was such a huge hit with anglers and their friends and family that we decided to expand the program statewide in 2014. Adult anglers from across the state now will have a special day to fish with the children in their lives in advance of the traditional opening day of trout season.”

The Mentored Youth Fishing Day pilot was launched in 2013 on the Saturday preceding the regional opening day of trout season and was immediately popular with adult anglers and the kids in their lives. More than 3,700 adult anglers registered 5,110 kids for the fishing opportunity.

“We expect to see an even higher level of involvement and enthusiasm this year since anglers have been sharing their stories about the great time they had in the pilot program,” added Arway.

For the 2014 fishing season, the first Mentored Youth Fishing Day will be held on 11 waters on March 22, the Saturday before the regional opening day of trout season in 18 southcentral and southeast counties.

The waters include:

County and Water

Berks – Antietam Lake

Berks – Scotts Run Lake at French Creek State Park

Bucks – Levittown Lake

Cumberland – Children’s Lake

Cumberland – Doubling Gap Lake at Colonel Denning State Park

Dauphin – Middletown Reservoir

Lebanon – Lions Lake

Lehigh – Lehigh Canal, Section 08

Montgomery – Deep Creek Dam at Green Lane Park

Perry – Little Buffalo Lake at Little Buffalo State Park

Schuylkill – Locust Lake

The second Mentored Youth Fishing Day will be held on 29 waters on April 5, the weekend before the traditional opening day of trout season. The waters include:

County and Water

Allegheny – North Park Lake

Butler – Harbar Acres Lake

Cambria – Lake Rowena

Centre – Cold Stream Dam

Clearfield – Janesville Dam

Clearfield – Parker Lake at Parker Dam State Park

Columbia – Briar Creek Lake

Elk – Twin Lakes

Erie – East and West Basin Ponds at Presque Isle State Park

Erie – Upper Gravel Pit

Fayette – Dunlap Creek Lake

Fulton – Cowans Gap Lake at Cowans Gap State Park

Huntingdon – Whipple Lake at Whipple Dam State Park

Jefferson – Cloe Lake

Lackawanna – Eston Wilson Lake

Luzerne – Lake Frances at Nescopeck State Park

Lycoming – Little Pine Lake

McKean – Hamlin Lake

Mercer – Buhl Lake

Monroe – Hidden Lake

Pike – Lily Pond

Potter – Lyman Run Reservoir at Lyman Run State Park

Somerset – Laurel Hill Lake at Laurel Hill State Park

Tioga – Hamilton Lake

Union – Halfway Lake at RB Winter State Park

Warren – Chapman Dam Reservoir at Chapman State Park

Washington – Canonsburg Lake

Westmoreland – Mammoth Lake

Westmoreland – Twin Lakes Number One Reservoir (Lower)

To participate in the program, adult anglers (16 years of age or older) must possess a valid fishing license and trout/salmon permit and be accompanied by a youth. Youth anglers must obtain a free PFBC-issued permit, which will be available beginning Feb. 1, 2014, at www.GoneFishingPA.com or at any of the more than 900 licensing agents across the state.

A survey of participants in the pilot program found that 89 percent of the registered youth fished that day; a majority of mentors were family members; and more than 80 percent of the mentors said they were satisfied with the experience. All total, the kids and their mentors fished 7,727 hours and reported releasing 4,405 trout and harvesting 1,183. Nearly 80 percent of the mentors said they usually fish the opening day of trout season. However, more than one-third of respondents said that they do not typically take youth out on opening day.

For more information about the program, visit www.GoneFishingPA.com.