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PA Bulletin, Doc. No. 19-1187



Mentored Youth Fishing Day Program; Panfish

[49 Pa.B. 4086]
[Saturday, August 3, 2019]

 Acting under the authority of 58 Pa. Code § 65.20 (relating to Mentored Youth Fishing Day Program), the Executive Director has designated September 2, 2019, 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 2019 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 20 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 size of 9 inches for yellow perch or a combination of two or three of these fish species with minimum size restrictions on these lakes. On September 2, 2019, 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 2, 2019, 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 2, 2019, 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
Crawford Pymatuning Reservoir
Fayette/Westmoreland Bridgeport Reservoir
Mercer Shenango River Lake
Monroe Bradys Lake
Monroe Gouldsboro Lake
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.

Executive Director

[Pa.B. Doc. No. 19-1187. Filed for public inspection August 2, 2019, 9:00 a.m.]

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