Pennsylvania Family Fishing Festivals Set for May and June

HARRISBURG, Pa. – The Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission (PFBC) has scheduled several opportunities in May and June for families to learn fishing skills and enjoy fishing.

The PFBC is holding three Family Fishing Festivals in May and three in June. These events lead up to the two statewide Fish-for-Free Days – the Sunday before Memorial Day, May 27, and Independence Day, July 4.

“Family Fishing Festivals are a convenient way to introduce friends and family to the sport of fishing at no cost,” said Carl Richardson, PFBC Education Section Manager. “These are educational events designed for families with little or no fishing experience. Participants will learn basic fishing skills and have an opportunity to practice those skills while fishing during the program.”

PFBC Family Fishing Festivals will be held at these locations:

May 5, SC Region: Gi­fford Pinchot State Park – Conewago Day Use Area, York County, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.

May 12, SW Region: Lake Rowena, Cambria County, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.

May 19, SE Region: Tohickon Access, Nockamixon State Park, Bucks County, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.

June 9, NC Region: Bald Eagle State Park – Pavilion #7, Centre County, 4 – 8 p.m.

June 16, NW Region: Presque Isle State Park – Waterworks Ponds, Erie County, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.

June 23, NE Region: Lackawanna State Park – Pine Pavilion, Lackawanna County, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.

The PFBC is waiving the fishing license requirement during the program for registered Family Fishing Festival participants 16 and older. The program is open to all ages, including children ages 5 and older. The PFBC provides equipment, bait, and tackle. PFBC staff will be present to teach skills and assist those who fish. Preregistration is required.

Visit to register or learn more about these programs. Space is limited, and there will be no registrations accepted the day of the event. In addition, PFBC partners will be hosting programs throughout the summer. These events can also be viewed at this website.