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PA Fish-for-Free Day is Sunday, May 28

Families and friends visiting Pennsylvania’s popular outdoor spots over the Memorial Day holiday weekend can enjoy a day of free fishing, thanks to the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission (PFBC). The Sunday of Memorial Day weekend - May 28 – marks the first of two free fishing days in the Commonwealth. The second is Independence Day – Tuesday, July 4.

Fish-for-Free Days allow anyone – residents and non-residents – to legally fish in Pennsylvania without a fishing license. From 12:01 a.m. to 11:59 p.m. on both days, no fishing license is needed to fish in Pennsylvania's waterways. All other fishing regulations apply. For more information, click HERE

33rd Annual Southtowns Walleye Association Walleye Tournament, June 10-18

Walleye fish for cash opportunities start with the 33rd Annual Southtowns Walleye Association Walleye Tournament. In this 9-day/1-fish tournament, the single biggest fish wins. That means any lucky angler can win!

There are cash awards for the top 200 places, the top 10 places win big money, with the top prize as much as $8,000 in cash plus prizes.

In-person registration ends June 10. Boat field is not limited, $35 entry fee, Calcutta options. Info: Bob Fessler/Don Mullen, 716-462-9576, southtownswalleye.org.

7th Annual Sunset Bay Walleye Shootout, July 22

The 7th Annual Sunset Bay Walleye Shootout will take place with more than 100 teams competing for this 100% cash back tournament. This is a 1-day tourney with an optional Big-Fish Friday derby. Limited to 85 boat field, $500 entry fee, teams of 2 to 5 anglers per boat, 6-fish bag weigh-in, 7:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m., 5:00 p.m. weigh-in at Cabana Sam’s, up to $100,000 in cash and prize awards. Part of Lake Erie King-Of-The-Lake Series (www.kotl.ca/walleye.html). Info: Don Ruppert at 716-498-7770, Bob Rustowicz at 716-830-6394; walleyeshootout.com.

Lake Erie Commercial Trap Net Locations Released

In conjunction with the Erie Commercial Trap Licensees, the PA Fish and Boat Commission has released the locations of commercial trap nets in Lake Erie. This is a temporary trial venture in hopes of reducing recreational angler conflicts with the commercial trap net gear. A map with locations and a new informational brochure about commercial trap netting can be found on the Lake Erie page of the Commission’s website.

Walleye are in season!

The current season for walleye in Lake Erie opened on May 1, 2017, with the Lake Erie Tributaries, Presque Isle Bay and Peninsula Waters having opened on May 6, 2017. Walleye season is now in full swing for Erie, PA! For more information regarding season changes, please visit the FishErie Regulations page.

2017 Perch and Walleye Limits Set

The PA Fish and Boat Commission has announced the 2017 Lake Erie creel limits for yellow perch and walleye. Both species limits will remain the same as 2016 - 30 per day for yellow perch and 6 per day for walleye. For more information, please visit the PA Fish and Boat Commission website.

2017 PA Trout Stocking Schedules Now Available

The Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission (PFBC) has released their Trout Stocking Schedules for 2017. To view, click here or download the PFBC app, "FishBoatPA." For more information from the PFBC, visit their website.

New Regulations for Pymatuning Reservoir Take Effect March 1

Effective March 1, the daily limit for crappie on both the PA and OH side of the Pymatuning Reservoir moves to 20 fish per day, with a nine-inch minimum size. For more information, click HERE.

Monthly Fly Tying Classes at FishUSA

FishUSA will be holding monthly fly tying classes for both beginner and advanced fly tiers. All classes are held on either the first Tuesday of the month (Beginners) or the third Thursday (Advanced), except for the July Beginners class, which will take place on Wednesday, July 5. All classes are 2 hours long, lasting from 6-8 PM each evening. Classes are limited to 12 seats and a flat registration fee of $10 for 12 classes is required. To register, please contact FishUSA or visit our Pro Shop, 6960 West Ridge Road, Fairview, PA 16415.

The following are the dates and species for the classes. 
April - Trout

 Beginner - April 4        
 Advanced - April 20
May - Trout

 Beginner - May 2

 Advanced - May 18
June - Bass

 Beginner - June 6

 Advanced - June 15
 July - Bass

 Beginner - July 5 (Wed.)

 Advanced - July 20
 August - Carp & Panfish

 Beginner - August 1

 Advanced - August 17
 September - Musky

 Beginner - September 5

 Advanced - September 21
 October - Steelhead Streamer

 Beginner - October 3

 Advanced - October 19
 November - Steelhead

 Beginner - November 7

 Advanced - November 16
 December - Steelhead

 Beginner - December 5

 Advanced - December 21