Before the July 4 Fireworks, Go Fish Locally for Free

HARRISBURG PA – Get out your fishing rod and tackle box, and if you’re a traditionalist start searching your backyard for worms. You’ll want gear and bait handy on Sunday (July 4, 2021; Independence Day), when the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission will allow anyone – youth or adult, state resident or not – to legally fish on the Commonwealth’s waterways without a fishing license.

Your catch can include trout or salmon without the need for special permits, too, the commission says. Be forewarned, though: all other fishing regulations still apply.

The commission calls this promotion its “Fish-for-Free Days,” and they’re intended to interest more families and individuals to “catch the fun of fishing!,” its website notes. Only one other free fishing day was scheduled earlier this year, on May 30, also a Sunday.

To enable potential fishers to find good fishin’ holes, the commission additionally offers a data-laden, county-by-county map to provide guidance with a few mouse clicks. In western Montgomery County and neighboring municipalities, for example, it identifies:

  • Boat ramps and access points along the Schuylkill River in Pottstown, South Pottstown, East Coventry, Limerick, Spring City, Royersford, Phoenixville, and Mont Clare;
  • The stocked trout lake that is Green Lane Reservoir; and
  • Stocked trout streams as Unami Creek (from the Bucks-Montgomery County line to south of Perkiomenville), the East Branch of the Perkiomen Creek (from south of Harleysville to east of Schwenksville), and Skippack Creek (across the width of the county, from south of Souderton to Oaks).

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