Be Aware of Scams

It has been brought to our attention that someone is sending emails using our Chapter President’s name, Charlie Knowlden, and attempting to solicit money for the fight against COVID-19 and for the front line workers during this time.  The emails are using Charlies name but have an incorrect email address.

The Chapter does not, and will not, solicit funds for any activity that is not affiliated with a Chapter event or activity.

If you receive any emails soliciting funds for any reason, please ignore them and feel free to contact us for any questions or clarification.  This unfortunately is not the first time scammers have targeted our Chapter and it probably will not be the last.  We have not lost any funds due to previous scams and we are asking you to be vigilent and do not give any money to anyone without first verifying who they are and the organization that they are will.

Fishing in Pennsylvania during COVID-19 Pandemic

All of Pennsylvania is now under the Stay at Home Order by Governor Wolfe.  There are exceptions to this and outdoor recreation is one of those exceptions provided we follow some basic precautions.  Fishing is more than catching fish.  It provides therapy in many ways, allows us to reset our busy and difficult lives, allows us to get back in touch with nature, and allows us to escape  the difficulties and pressures of the world for a short time.

Going outside during this Stay at Home Order is a personal choice and one that only you can make. Trout season starts in a few weeks and this is the start of fishing season for many.  The Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission has issued guidelines for fishing during the COVID-19 Pandemic and you can read them by clicking the link below.

Fishing in Pennsylvania during the COVID-19 Pandemic

Lycoming County Planning & Community Development wants your input

The Lycoming County Planning & Community Development, in partnership with Clinton County and Tioga County are applying for a BUILD grant to fund multiple connectivity projects in all three counties. We are attempting to get feedback from as many residents of Clinton, Lycoming, and Tioga counties as possible. Please take a few moments to answer a brief 10 question survey on how you use the regional trail system (see link below).

https://tinyurl.com/vj7y3o9

If you have any questions or need more information please contact Sal Vitko at svitko@lyco.org or 570-320-2140. Thank you for all of your help.

Chapter Events Cancelled

As of today, all events that have been scheduled by the Susquehanna Chapter of Trout Unlimited are cancelled until further notice.  This is being done as a preventative measure as recommended by Trout Unlimited and many Local, State, and Federal Officials.

Our Country is in a place that we have not been before and our Chapter asks that everyone be cautious and follow the recommendations of Health and Government Officials.

Fishing and outdoor events (hiking, biking, bird watching, etc) remain options for us to do in this time of uncertainty. Social Distancing has become a common phrase and as anglers and outdoor people, we have practiced this as part of our outdoor experience.

Thank you to everyone for your support and we wish everyone well in the coming days and weeks!

 

PFBC ANNOUNCES CONSOLIDATED STATEWIDE SCHEDULE FOR TROUT SEASON, BEGINS ACCELERATED STOCKING OPERATIONS, ADDS MORE CONVENIENT ONLINE LICENSE PURCHASE AND DISPLAY OPTIONS

HARRISBURG, Pa (March 16) – Amid concerns regarding the spread of COVID-19, the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission (PFBC) today announced several changes to the 2020 trout season intended to protect the safety of the public and staff, while preserving the opportunity to enjoy the fun and recreational health benefits of fishing.

These changes, effective immediately, include consolidating the 2020 trout season schedule into a single, statewide schedule for all Pennsylvania counties; accelerating trout stocking operations and limiting volunteer participation; and adding more convenient ways to purchase fishing licenses online and display proof of a fishing license and boating documents on a digital device.

“Thank you to the anglers and boaters of Pennsylvania for their understanding as we all experience these changes together,” said Tim Schaeffer, PFBC Executive Director. “While our calendars may start to look a little different, one thing we can count on is that there will be a trout season and there will still be plenty of fish out there to enjoy. Working under unprecedented circumstances, our staff is committed to providing the quality fishing experience that we all expect.”

Statewide Mentored Youth Program and Opening Day

The PFBC will operate under a consolidated statewide schedule for all counties during the 2020 trout season. Under this revised plan, a single Mentored Youth Trout Day will occur on Saturday, April 11, and a Statewide Opening Day of trout season will take place on Saturday, April 18.

As a result of these changes, separate, earlier regional mentored youth and opening days will no longer occur in the 18 southeastern counties, including: Adams, Berks, Bucks, Chester, Cumberland, Dauphin, Delaware, Franklin, Juniata, Lancaster, Lebanon, Lehigh, Montgomery, Northampton, Perry, Philadelphia, Schuylkill and York. Anglers in these areas should revise their plans as necessary to adjust to the statewide schedule.

These changes, made by the PFBC under direction provided by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the Pennsylvania Department of Health, are intended to reduce large gatherings of people and the number of anglers traveling into the regional area (18 southeastern counties), which is already heavily affected by the COVID-19 outbreak.

Accelerated Trout Stocking Operations and Volunteer Participation

2020 trout stocking will be conducted on an accelerated schedule, and volunteers will not be permitted to assist with stocking activities.

“We realize that many of our stocking volunteers look forward to helping us, but we must take these necessary precautions to ensure public safety during this vital period,” said Schaeffer. “Just as we’ve counted on our volunteers for decades to help us stock trout, we’re counting on them now to play it safe and stay home. We appreciate their service throughout the years, and we hope that we can invite them back to join us again very soon.”

To complete trout stocking operations without the assistance of the public, the PFBC will modify stocking methods for this year. Many PFBC staff are being reassigned from their normal work duties to assist with stocking fish into lakes and streams. In some cases, pre-season and in-season allocations of trout will be combined into single stocking events to increase the efficiency of stocking trips. Initially, stockings will be prioritized to deliver trout to regions of the Commonwealth that are predicted to be affected most severely by COVID-19 that could result in restrictions on travel.

Moving forward this season, trout stockings will be announced upon their completion, rather than in advance on the FishBoatPA mobile app and PFBC website (www.fishandboat.com). The change in stocking procedures will not result in any reduction in the approximately 3.2 million trout scheduled to be stocked statewide in 2020, and stocking will occur seven days a week until further notice.

“This change in our stocking approach is necessary to fulfill a critical mission of our agency and our obligation to anglers,” added Rick Kauffman, PFBC District 8 Commissioner. “We’re trying to get as many fish in the water as possible as quickly as possible while we still have the best access to waterways and available staff. While our methods may be different this season, people will have the same opportunity to get outdoors and fish, which has proven benefits to our physical and mental health.”

More Convenient Ways to Purchase and Display Your Fishing License, Launch Permits and Boat Registrations

To reduce unnecessary travel and social contact amid health concerns, anglers and boaters will be able to display their fishing license, launch permit, or boat registration renewal digitally on a phone or other mobile device as proof of possession.

This change will allow customers who may be unable to, or feel uncomfortable visiting a store to purchase a fishing license, launch permit, or boat registration renewal to make the purchase using the FishBoatPA app or computer through The Outdoor Shop (www.pa.wildlifelicense.comOpens In A New Window) and not have to possess a printed copy of the document. Upon purchase of a fishing license, a .pdf file containing an image of your license is provided and can be saved to a mobile device or computer. Similarly, with each boating related transaction, customers will receive a digital receipt that serves a temporary permit or registration valid for immediate use. Eventually, customers will receive validation decals and registration cards in the mail from the PFBC, which can take several weeks.

If approached by a Waterways Conservation Officer (WCO) in the field, the angler or boater would only have to produce the digital image of the license, permit or registration on their phone or mobile device. A digital copy of the .pdf, photo, or screenshot of your fishing license, launch permit or boat registration on your phone or mobile device will all be accepted as proof of possession.