California University of Pennsylvania
Eberly College of Science & Technology
Department of Earth Sciences
Parks & Recreation Management Program

What You Do in Your Free Time is Our Business!

22nd Annual Pike Run Youth Fishing Festival!!
Saturday, April 22, 2017

For Children 15 years & younger

Join Us At California Rotary Park in California, PA
3rd Street & Rt. 88 near Exit 32 of PA 43 - Turnpike

Saturday, April 22, 2017 @ 7:00am - 3:00pm

  • FREE Registration & FREE Fishing!

  • LOTS of FISH - BIG Ones Too!

  • Trophies & Prizes!

  • FUN for the Whole Family!

  • FREE Loaner Fishing Rods/Reels
    Courtesy of the PA Fish & Boat Commission

Click the picture of
Freddie the Fish to go
to the PRYFF Facebook


Registration will begin at 7:00AM to Noon and fishing will begin at 8:00AM Sharp!
Awards, trophies and prizes will be presented at 3:00PM

The event will be held at California’s Rotary Park.
The Pike Run Youth Fishing Festival is California’s largest & longest running community recreational event of the year!

Entertainment will be provided, so bring fishing rod (or borrow one of ours!), tackle, bait and let's have some FUN!
Expert fishing guides will be on hand to answer questions or help you learn how to catch trout!
This event provides a great family atmosphere for parents and children.
Games, Activities, Face Painting, a Bounce House & Happy the Clown w/ Balloon Animals!
Vendors will be on hand selling bait, tackle, food & drinks.

the Owl Says
"Give A Hoot,
Don't Pollute!"

For Questions Contact:

  • 2017 PRYFF Program Chair -  TBA
     - or email 

  • Dr. Candice Riley, PRYFF Faculty Advisor
    at (724) 938-5288 or email

Kids Don't Remember Their Best Day of Watching TV!

They WILL Remember Their BEST Day Fishing with YOU!
Come to the PRYFF & Make Some Real Lasting Memories!

Parents, you can print "Special Fishing & Boating Coupons" for your young anglers! - Click HERE
Print a Special Pike Run Youth Fishing Festival "Kids Hall Of Fame" Award! - CLICK HERE

2017 Pike Run Youth Fishing Festival

Rules and Regulations


  • Registration: Saturday, April 22, 2017 @ 7:00 a.m. to Noon

  • Fishing begins at 8:00 a.m.

  • The weigh-in & measuring will end at 3:00 p.m. and prizes will be awarded shortly after.



Who can fish?

  1. Fishing on Saturday is limited to children 15 & under.

  2. Children 13 and under must have a parent/guardian present.

  3. Festival staff reserves the right to remove any person from the festival boundaries for any behavior contradictory to the festival rules and regulations.

  4. Rules and Regulations:

  5. No wading, fishing from shoreline only!

  6. No vehicles, animals or bikes permitted on the track.

  7. Any bait that is permitted by PA Fish & Boat Commission can be used.

  8. The age groups for the festival are as follows:

    6 yrs and under

    7 to 10 yrs

    11 to 15 yrs


  9. First, Second, and Third Place Awards will be given for each age group.

  10. A limit of 5 fish can be caught and only 3 can be entered for judging.

  11. All fish caught & kept and fish that are caught & released during the fishing festival must be reported at checkout/registration table.

  12. All participants must register with the registration table at the festival from 7:00 a.m. to 12:00 - noon.

  13. The entire posted area will be open to contestant fishing ONLY!

  14. Each participant is only permitted to use one fishing rod.

  15. Only fish from the posted area are eligible for judging.

  16. Parents/guardians are not permitted to CAST OR reel in fish, but may assist their child with baiting and unhooking.

  17. All fish entered will be weighed and measured for their score; the fish must be a minimum of 7" in length (seven inches).

  18. The final score will be based on total length of the up to the 3 largest trout.

  19. All fish entered in the contest must be taken to the official weighing/measuring tent

  20. Please report ALL fish caught even if practicing catch & release fishing, we need to report the number of fish caught, released and kept to PA Fish & Boat Commission!

  21. The participants must take all fish caught home (unless practicing catch & release fishing).

  22. NO Littering, please pick up any litter you see, let's keep our streams clean!

  23. Remember to Leave No Trace & Tread Lightly!

Please Don't Trash
My Home!

Planning Ahead!

When is Next Pear's Pike Run Youth Fishing Festival?

Future Dates:


Regular Trout
Season Begins*



April 15, 2017

April 22, 2017


April 14, 2018

April 21, 2018


April 13, 2019

April 20, 2019


April 12, 2020

April 19, 2020

*How is this determined? (PA-FBC)


Organizers & Sponsors

Organized & programmed by:

  • Cal U Parks & Recreation Student Society

  • Cal U Parks & Recreation Management Program

  • Cal U Recreation Program Planning Class (REC 412)

  • Cal U Eco Learning Community

California University Sponsors:

  • California University of Pennsylvania

  • College of Science & Technology

  • Earth Sciences Department

  • Cal U Student Association, Inc.

Recent Sponsors:

  • Borough of California, PA

  • California, PA Rotary Club

  • Green Springs Trout Farms

  • Arby’s, Washington

  • Block Buster, Washington

  • Campy’s, California Borough

  • Coffee Connections, California Borough

  • Cracker Barrel, Washington

  • Dairy Queen, California Borough

  • Fridays, Washington

  • Highpoint Restaurant and Lounge, Coal Center

  • Kwik Fill, California Borough

  • Lagerheads, Coal Center

  • Peter J. Daily, 49th District State Representative

  • PNC Bank, California Borough

  • Ponderosa, Washington

  • Quizno’s, California Borough

  • Red Lobster, Washington

  • Riverhouse, Charloi

  • Sportsmen’s Warehouse

  • Starbucks, Washington

  • Subway, California Borough

  • Zerambo's Bait & Tackle, Bentleyville

  • Rose Plastics, California, PA

  • Trout Unlimited, Uniontown Chapter

  • Pennatronics, California, PA

In Cooperation with:

Special Thanks to:

Borough of California, Pennsylvania

California Borough Mayor, Walter Weld

California Borough Recreation Authority

Rotary Club, California, PA

California University of Pennsylvania

    Cal U Department of Earth Sciences

    Cal U Student Association Inc.

    Ed Marks & The Cal. U Grounds Crew

    Cal  U Park & Recreation Society

    Cal U Roosterhead Rugby Club

    AVI Food Services, Cal U

John Mariscotti Funeral Home

Mary Popvich, The Clown!

Zerambo’s Tackle

Green Springs Trout Farm

Peter J. Daley, 49th  District State Representative

Somerset Sports Shop Outlet, Somerset, PA

Lagerheads, Coal Center, PA

Dairy Queen, California, PA

Kwik Fill, California, PA

Coffee Connections, California, PA

High Point Restaurant & Lounge, Coal Center, PA

Quiznos, California, PA

Fox’s Pizza, Brownsville, PA

Gander Mountain, Moon Township, PA

Pizza Hut, Brownsville, PA

Monday, April 22, 2013
Earthday Network

April is National Children & Nature Awareness Month

The Fishing Fun Doesn't End after the Pike Run Youth Fishing Festival!!

June is National Kids Fishing Month!!

Visit the Little Lunkers Learning Center & Try your hand at the Fishing Fun & Games

Dr. John Confer, Professor
Director, Parks & Recreation Program
California University of Pennsylvania
Earth Sciences Dept, Parks & Recreation Mgmt. Program
Office: EBE 224 (inside EAS Office Suite 230), 2nd floor, Eberly Sciences & Technology Center
Fall 2016 Office Hours:
  Tu/Th @ 11-12:30AM & MW @ 3-3:50PM
  or by appointment (E-mail for appointment)
Phone: (724) 938-4211
Dr. Confer's Home Page:

Cal U Parks & Rec Mgmt Program Facebook Page