The Pennsylvania Fishing Tackle Loaner Program (FTLP) provides partner organizations fishing rods, reels and equipped tackle boxes. The partners loan this equipment to individuals or groups, enabling them to enjoy fishing without having to buy gear themselves. The PFBC purchases the equipment directly from manufacturers at discount pricing.
The public can go to the locations identified and borrow rods, reels and a tackle box full of hooks and other terminal tackle. This equipment is borrowed in much the same way books are borrowed from a library. Those wanting to borrow gear complete a form and the loan is made. At the end of the loan period the equipment is returned to the site.
This program is a partnership between the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission, the American Sportfishing Association, and the sponsors listed below. The program is designed to make it easy for anyone to access fishing tackle.
Whether you are giving fishing a try for the first time, or returning to a childhood activity, these sites provide free tackle for loan. It’s hoped that those making the loans will enjoy fishing so much they are hooked for life. This equipment may also be loaned to groups conducting angler education programs in the community.
At the end of 2018, there were 83 FTLP sites located in 43 counties, and they made more than 1,000 loans of equipment. Current partner organizations include community libraries, state, county and local parks.
Organizations with an interest in becoming a FTLP site should send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org, with FTLP in the subject line.
Pennsylvania Fishing License
A current Pennsylvania fishing license, signed in ink and displayed (attach to a hat or outer garment), is required of persons age 16 and over to fish or angle for any species of fish. A license is also needed to take fishbait or baitfish. Casting and/or retrieving whether by rod, reel and line, or by handline, for oneself or another person, requires a current license unless specifically exempted by law.
* Licenses are not needed on Fish for Free days
Fish-for-Free Days 2019
Sunday, May 26, 2019
Thursday, July 4, 2019
Fish-for-Free Days allow anyone (resident or non-resident) to legally fish on Pennsylvania waterways on the designated days with NO FISHING LICENSE REQUIRED (Trout/Salmon and Lake Erie permits are also NOT required). All other fishing regulations still apply.