Fishing is fun, inexpensive and family friendly. It is also an economic powerhouse. According to The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service’s (USFWS) 2011 National Survey of Fishing, Hunting and Wildlife-Associated Recreation, fishing is one of the most popular outdoor recreational activities in the United States. An estimated 33 million people aged 16 or older participate in the activity, and spend $48 billion annually on equipment, licenses, trips and other fishing-related items or events.
June 18 has been designated as the unofficial national Go Fishing Day, following National Fishing and Boating Week. Whether you’re an amateur who is still learning or a pro who competes in fishing competitions, Hanover offers plenty of spots to hone your fishy skills.
Codorus State Park is home to the 1,275-acre Lake Marburg, a warm-water fishery with popular species such as yellow perch, bluegill, northern pike, crappie, largemouth bass, catfish, muskellunge and tiger muskellunge. According to the park’s website, bow fishing is permitted in the shallow cove areas and there is a fishing pier for people with disabilities.
Take advantage of the numerous fishing opportunities in the area — Hanover Dam, Lake Lehman, Long Arm Creek and numerous other lakes, dams and reservoirs. Keep in mind that a license is required to fish in public waters in Pennsylvania. Find more information at www.gonefishingpa.com.