(WBRE/WYOU-TV) All this month Eyewitness News is taking a look at strange laws in Pennsylvania that will have you asking… Are You Kidding Me?
So far we’ve addressed banging gongs and pans in public. Another law about your bathroom placement, And now, a regulation that seems a little fishy.
In Pennsylvania, It is illegal to reach down into the water and catch a fish with your hands. It all stems from Title 58 of the State code. Chapter 63 says fishing is legal only when using a line or a hook.
We spoke with an official from the Pennsylvania fish and boat commission. They tell us that… If you hold a line and hook in your hands… And dip your hands into the water to catch a fish… That would technically be legal because you’re using an authorized device.
But if you use your bare hands… You’re breaking the law.
We asked some people if they think this law is justified… Or should be cast aside.
03:46 “You can probably hurt your hand and.. What if you cut yourself and you put your hands in the pond and you spread the blood “ said Natalie Ortega
“I think that people should use common sense. I don’t think it needs to be a law. I mean, we have more important things to worry about than catching fish with your hands! “ noted Leona Luongo.
“No, it’s not dangerous…. Bears can do it….” added Jeremiah Walch
The Fish and Boat Commission did say.. If you’re just walking in a creek and a fish bumps into, it’s ok to move them or brush them away. But it’s when you’re there for the act of fishing that things get a little choppy.
And we’re wondering if you know of any laws that have you asking “Are You Kidding Me?” Send us a message on Facebook and let us know!