Monday, March 7, 2016

FishBoatPA Smartphone App

More than 33,500 users have downloaded the FishBoatPA mobile smartphone app, according to the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission (PFBC).

The FishBoatPA app is available for free on both Google’s Play Store and Apple’s App Store.

The app shows anglers which waters have been stocked with trout, provides driving directions, and other information.

When the FishBoatPA app opens, one of the first item anglers see is an “Upcoming Trout Stocking” link, which updates in real-time.

Users can sort stocking schedules by county. The app is tied directly into the PFBC’s online stocking schedule, so anglers can see past and upcoming stockings and the type of trout placed in a water.

GIS coordinates allow users to use mapping apps installed on their phones to get directions to their favorite stocking site.

The “Near Me” feature uses a phone’s GIS coordinates to locate and display trout waters within 5, 15, 25 and 50 miles of the user.

Using the ‘My Trophies’ feature, anglers can post pictures to share with others by email, text message, or through social media sites like Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest and Twitter.

Another prominent feature on the app home page is the link “Get a license today.” This enables users to find an issuing agent near them and to see pricing options for licenses.

The app also links to a “Fish ID” guide with color pictures; a “Learn” section with links to helpful information like tying knots and learning how to properly handle fish; and to PFBC rules and regulations.

source: Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission

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