Outdoors notebook: Voluntary youth fishing permit considered
By Bob Frye
Published: Sunday, May 5, 2013, 7:24 p.m.
The Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission is running behind schedule when it comes to selling fishing licenses.
At its peak in 1990, the commission sold about 1.16 million licenses. Last year, it sold 853,000, which was its highest total since 2009.
Through opening day of trout season this year, though, sales were down by 4.7 percent, said Bernie Matscavage, director of the commission's bureau of administration.
Things have picked up since. Sales were off by only 2.5 percent through April 30, said spokesman Rick Levis.
Selling licenses is critical to the agency's bottom line. It traditionally sells about 65 percent of all the licenses by April 30, 89 percent by June 30 and 96 percent by July 31, Matscavage said.
Long term, the vagaries of license sales are such that the commission is looking for other ways to make or save money. One idea unveiled by executive director John Arway involves creating a voluntary mentored youth trout permit.
The commission held a mentored youth trout day on a test basis on a handful of waters in Southeastern Pennsylvania in March. On that Saturday, a week before the regional opening day of trout season, kids could fish in stocked lakes with an adult.
It went well enough that the commission is considering expanding the program statewide for 2014.
If it does, the commission would be eligible for up to $5 in federal reimbursement for each $1 youth permit sold, Arway said. That's $6,000 for each 1,000 kids who participate, he added.
In time, it will be “Dryerson” no more.
That's the name people gave to Ryerson Station State Park in Greene County after the state found leaks in Duke Lake's dam. It was breached and the lake drained; it has been dry since.
The state and Consol Energy, blamed for allegedly causing the problem, have reached a settlement that will ultimately lead to a new lake. Consol has, among other things, agreed to pay the state $36 million, with that earmarked for replacing the dam. The work is being “fast-tracked,” park officials said, but still won't be done until 2017. Consol also will add 506 acres to the park.
The 2013 creel limit for Lake Erie yellow perch will remain at 30 per day and for walleyes will stay at six per day, according to Fish and Boat Commission officials.
Under rules adopted last year, the commission sets creel limits in spring, after an assessment of walleye and perch populations is done. The numbers of both species are stable, said the commission's Lake Erie biologist, Chuck Murray.
Bob Frye is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. Reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org or via Twitter @bobfryeoutdoors.
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.
- Outdoors notebook: Elk tag program may get reboot
- Study shows Pennsylvania bears like to put down roots
- Frye: Commission discusses ‘second opening day effect’
- Fishing report: Trout hitting well in most locations