The Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission is pleased to congratulate Commissioner Charlie Charlesworth on being named “2021 Conservationist of the Year” by the editors of Fly Fisherman magazine.

An article in the January 2021 edition of Fly Fisherman highlights Charlesworth’s decades of environmental stewardship, including the restoration of the once polluted Lackawanna River, now considered one of the Commonwealth’s premier trout streams and named 2020 River of the Year by the Pennsylvania Organization for Watersheds & Rivers. Today, nearly 18 miles of the Lackawanna River is designated by the PFBC as either a Class A Wild Trout Water or as Trophy Trout Water.

Anglers seeking more information about wild trout fishing opportunities on the Lackawanna River should visit the Pennsylvania’s Best Fishing Waters section on the PFBC website or FishBoatPA mobile app.

In addition to the award, Simms Fishing Products will make a $10,000 donation in Charlesworth’s name to Lackawanna Valley Trout Unlimited to continue its work in river restoration, water quality monitoring, and youth education.

Charlesworth was appointed as a PFBC Boating-At-Large Commissioner in June 2019. He resides in Clarks Summit, Lackawanna County.

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