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Pennsylvania

State offers first Fish-for-Free Day on Memorial Day weekend

Mary Ann Thomas
| Wednesday, May 16, 2018, 4:51 p.m.
Shane Dunlap | Tribune-Review

The Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission is offering the first Fish-for-Free Day on the Sunday of Memorial Day weekend, May 27, when anyone can fish without a fishing license anywhere in the state.

A second Fish-for-Free Day will be offered July 4.

On those days, from midnight to midnight, residents and nonresidents don't need a fishing license, but they must abide by fishing regulations.

The commission is offering the free days to open up fishing opportunities for the public, especially during the holidays, when so many people are outdoors near waterways.

“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 you haven't fished in a while,” said Steve Kralik, director of the bureau of outreach, education and marketing for the commission.

To make the fishing experience more convenient on the Fish-for-Free days, people can borrow equipment from dozens of fishing tackle loaner sites across the state. Many of the sites are right at state parks, which are a popular place for visitors on the Memorial Day weekend. Loaner sites are also available at county parks and some public libraries.

Mary Ann Thomas is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach her at 724-226-4691, mthomas@tribweb.com or via Twitter: @MaThomas_Trib.

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