Free fishing comes to Pennsylvania Memorial Day weekend


On the Sunday of Memorial Day weekend, and on July 4th Pennsylvanians are allowed to fish without a license. (Photo by AP)


(Harrisburg) — Anglers without a license are going to get a chance to fish for free on Sunday.

And for anyone who misses that opportunity, the state Fish and Boat Commission will offer another chance at license-free fishing in July.

If you’re over 16 and want to fish in a Pennsylvania lake, stream, or any other body of water, you generally need a license.

Those run about $23 a year for most residents. It may not be enough to break the bank, but the commission acknowledges the red tape may be enough to deter would-be anglers.

That’s where the free-fishing days come in.

They are scheduled on holidays–the first during Memorial Day weekend, and the second on the Fourth of July.

That way, those curious about fishing can give it a shot, and decide if they want to commit to a license.

Lots of state and community parks, and even some public libraries even loan out fishing tackle.

The rest of commonwealth’s regular fishing rules still apply.

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