Virtual Fisheries Summit to Highlight Pennsylvania’s Diverse Fishing Opportunities

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HARRISBURG, PA — The Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission (PFBC) is inviting the public to participate in its 2021 Virtual Fisheries Summit on Saturday, February 20.

This virtual event will feature narrated presentations from PFBC fisheries biologists on the wealth of diverse fishing opportunities across the Commonwealth and discuss the status of various warm-water, cool-water, and cold-water fisheries.  Presentations will be viewable on the PFBC Facebook page with a schedule of individual presentations being posted throughout the day.  All individual presentations will be also published on the PFBC YouTube channel.

“Many Pennsylvanians don’t realize the incredible number of fishing opportunities that exist well beyond the world-class wild trout and stocked trout fisheries that are so popular,” said Kris Kuhn, Director of the PFBC Bureau of Fisheries.  “Through our Virtual Fisheries Summit, we hope to shine a light on many of Pennsylvania’s thriving and diverse angling opportunities, inspire anglers to try something new, and connect them with the resources they need to have a successful experience on the water.”

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To provide interactivity between PFBC experts and the public during the Virtual Fisheries Summit, questions and comments that are relevant to the presented topics are welcome on the PFBC Facebook page in the comments section of each virtual presentation.  The Summit will conclude with a live streaming panel discussion where comments and questions will be addressed by PFBC experts.  All comments submitted must be in compliance with the PFBC’s social media policy.

2021 Virtual Fisheries Summit Schedule:
Saturday February 20, 2021
Viewable on and

·        8:45 a.m.  Welcome and Opening Remarks from PFBC Executive Director Tim Schaeffer and Commissioner Rick Kauffman

·        9:00 a.m.  Riverine Black Bass Fisheries presented by Geoffrey Smith, PFBC Susquehanna River Biologist

·        9:30 a.m.  Lacustrine Black Bass Fisheries presented by Geoffrey Smith, PFBC Susquehanna River Biologist

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·        10:00 a.m.  Panfish Fisheries presented by Mike Porta, PFBC Area 6 Fisheries Manager

·        10:30 a.m.  Inland Reservoir Striped Bass Fisheries presented by Bryan Chikotas, PFBC Area 7 Fisheries Manager

·        11:00 a.m.  Migratory Fishes presented by Daryl Pierce, PFBC Area 5 Fisheries Manager

·        11:30 a.m.  Overlooked Fisheries presented by Doug Fischer, PFBC Nongame Fisheries Biologist

·        12:30 p.m.  Walleye Fisheries presented by Timothy Wilson, PFBC Area 1 Fisheries Biologist

·        1:00 p.m.  Esocid Fisheries presented by Brian Ensign, PFBC Area 2 Fisheries Biologist

·        1:30 p.m.  Catfish Fisheries presented by Michael Depew, PFBC Area 8 Fisheries Biologist

·        2:00 p.m.  Lake Erie Fisheries presented by Mark Haffley, PFBC Area 9 Fisheries Biologist

·        2:30 p.m.  Wild and Stocked Trout Fisheries presented by David Nihart, PFBC Division of Fisheries Management Chief

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·        3:00 p.m.  Aquatic Invasive Species presented by Sean Hartzell, PFBC Aquatic Invasive Species Coordinator

·        3:30 p.m.  Question and Answer Session featuring a panel discussion with PFBC Fisheries experts

·        4:15 p.m.  Closing Remarks from Andy Shiels, PFBC Deputy Director of Field Operations

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