Fish and Boat Commission Offers Fish-for-Free Day!

Fishing requires a license, but the PA Fish and Boat Commission has gotten into the holiday spirit and decided to give everyone a gift on the Fourth.

According to an official release, during the extended Independence Day weekend, families and friends will gather to celebrate the holiday, and the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission (PFBC) will be offering a Fish-for-Free Day. From 12:01 a.m. to 11:59 p.m. on Monday, July 4, licenses temporarily will not be required for fishing. However, all other fishing regulations, including seasons and reel limititations, will still apply. To view the complete fishing regulations, use the FishBoatPA mobile app or the PFBC website (

Need to borrow a rod and reel? The PFBC offers a fishing tackle loaner program at dozens of locations across the Commonwealth, including many popular state parks. A map of fishing tackle loaner sites is available online here.

During the holiday weekend, the PFBC reminds anglers who will be fishing from boats to follow a basic-safety checklist before and during each boating adventure. Boaters should always wear a life jacket, have a float plan to let others know when and where they will be boating, check the weather forecast, have proper registrations and launch permits, and never boat under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

If you are fishing this Monday, be safe and have fun, this is the perfect opportunity to make some plans for the Fourth of July if you don’t already have some!

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