HARRISBURG — With the summer season winding down, the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission (PFBC) will be offering several special fishing opportunities.

On Labor Day, Sept. 2, resident and non-resident adult anglers (age 16 and older) will be able to purchase a fishing license for $1. The license — good for Labor Day only — provides an easy and affordable way for anglers to enjoy a special day with family and friends while fishing on the commonwealth's waters.

The special license is available for purchase at www.GoneFishingPA.com or by visiting one of more than 700 license issuing agents. A processing and vendor fee of $1.90 will be applied to the purchase of the license.

The second opportunity is the Mentored Youth Panfish Day, which is also being held Sept. 2.  This provides youth anglers and their mentors a special opportunity on 20 waterways designated as Panfish Enhancement Lakes.

These lakes are specially managed to increase the number and size of panfish, which include bluegill, pumpkinseed and redear sunfish, which are collectively called sunfish, black and white crappies, and yellow perch.

On this date, youth who have obtained a free mentored-youth permit or have purchased a voluntary youth license, and are accompanied by a properly licensed mentor 16 years of age or older may keep fish under the minimum size. All other regulations and daily limits will remain in effect. 

The 20 lakes will be open to all anglers on Sept. 2, but only mentored youth participants (adults and kids) may keep fish under the minimum size.

Lakes include Foster Joseph Sayers Lake in Centre County and Blue Marsh Reservoir in Berks County.

To participate in the mentored youth program, adult anglers (16 years or older) must have a valid Pennsylvania fishing license and be accompanied by a youth. Accompanying youth anglers must have either a free PFBC-issued permit or purchase a voluntary youth fishing license.

Both permits and licenses can be purchased at www.GoneFIshingPa.com or from a license issuing agent.

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