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Cast a line at Italian Lake for Family Fishing Day

Matt Maisel
Director of Communications, City of Harrisburg
(717) 255-7295
[email protected]

October 20, 2022

HARRISBURG – One of the city’s most popular events returns this weekend at Italian Lake, and is sure to offer families a “reel” good time.

Family Fishing Day will begin at 9 a.m. on Saturday, October 22. This annual event offers families a rare chance to fish in an urban setting. For many who attend, this is their first, or perhaps only opportunity during the year, to learn how to fish.

“We want to offer everyone in the city the same opportunities as anyone else,” said Dave Baker, Director of Parks and Recreation. “We are grateful to be able to partner with so many wonderful organizations to bring our residents this exciting and educational family-based event.”

The City of Harrisburg teams up with the Civic Club of Harrisburg and the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission to host Family Fishing Day. This is the second year of the event. It will take place rain or shine. Check-in at Italian Lake begins at 9 a.m., followed at 9:30 a.m. by a quick fishing tutorial by PFBC experts. Then, at 10 a.m., it’s time to cast out a line and enjoy fishing time at the lake until noon.

Pre-registration is suggested, by visiting https://www.register-ed.com/events/view/182383. The pre-registration deadline is Friday, October 21. All participants must attend the 9:30 a.m. educational program.

Equipment will be provided on a first-come, first-served basis, said Baker, so please register ahead of time and arrive early. Bring your own fishing equipment if possible. Bait will be provided, and the lake will be pre-stocked with fish.

Children must have a parent or guardian with them at all times.

Around 200 people attended last year, and Baker expects more for the second time around.

Italian Lake does not allow fishing at any other time of the year. However, thanks to the partnership with the Pa. Fish and Boat Commission, it is possible for this one day a year. Fishing licenses will not be required for adults and anyone 16 years of age and older, who have completed registration and the educational component. Youth under the age of 16 are not required to have a fishing licenses.

Parking is available on 3rd and Division Streets. There is no parking permitted along Parkside Lane or within the Italian Lake area.