FISH AND BOAT COMMISSION
Mentored Youth Fishing Day Program; Panfish
[48 Pa.B. 4936]
[Saturday, August 11, 2018]
Acting under the authority of 58 Pa. Code § 65.20 (relating to Mentored Youth Fishing Day Program), the Executive Director has designated September 3, 2018, as a Mentored Youth Fishing Day for panfish in selected Panfish Enhancement Lakes previously designated under 58 Pa. Code § 65.11 (relating to panfish enhancement). This designation under 58 Pa. Code § 65.20 will be effective upon publication of this notice in the Pennsylvania Bulletin.
To participate, anglers 16 years of age or older (adult anglers) must possess a valid Pennsylvania fishing license and be accompanied by a youth (less than 16 years of age) who has obtained a mentored youth permit or a voluntary youth license from the Fish and Boat Commission (Commission). Youth anglers must obtain a 2018 mentored youth permit or a voluntary youth license from the Commission and be accompanied by an adult angler with a valid Pennsylvania fishing license to participate.
There are 19 selected lakes that are currently managed under panfish enhancement special regulations, with some lakes normally having a minimum size of 7 inches for sunfish, some lakes having a minimum size of 9 inches for crappie and some lakes having a minimum sizeof 9 inches for yellow perch or a combination of 2 or 3 of these fish species with minimum size restrictions on these lakes. On September 3, 2018, there will be no minimum size for panfish, but the daily limits will remain in effect. Other Commonwealth inland regulations will apply. It is unlawful to fish in waters designated as part of the Mentored Youth Fishing Day Program (Program) except in compliance with the requirements of 58 Pa. Code § 65.20 when participating in the Program.
On September 3, 2018, the identified waters will be open to all anglers but only Program participants (youth and their mentors) may possess panfish of less than the normal minimum size limits. The Panfish Enhancement Lakes included in the Mentored Youth Fishing Day on September 3, 2018, are as follows:
County Water Berks Blue Marsh Reservoir Cambria Beaverdam Run Reservoir Cambria Hinkston Run Reservoir Cambria Wilmore Dam Centre Foster Joseph Sayers Lake* Chester Chambers Lake Fayette/Westmoreland Bridgeport Reservoir Monroe Bradys Lake Monroe Gouldsboro Lake Montour Lake Chillisquaque Pike Lower Lake (Lower Promised Land Lake) Pike Promised Land Lake (Upper Promised Land Lake) Somerset Quemahoning Reservoir Washington Cross Creek Lake Washington Peters Township (Reservoir # 2) Westmoreland Indian Lake Westmoreland Lower Twin Lake Westmoreland Northmoreland Lake Westmoreland Upper Twin Lake
* Also regulated under 58 Pa. Code § 65.24 (relating to miscellaneous special regulations) for crappie, that is, 10 fish daily creel limit of which no more than 5 fish may be greater than or equal to 9 inches in length. This miscellaneous special regulation will not apply to Program participants.
JOHN A. ARWAY,
[Pa.B. Doc. No. 18-1247. Filed for public inspection August 10, 2018, 9:00 a.m.]
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