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Fishing Regulations

Pennsylvania Fishing License
Information about Pennsylvania Fishing Licenses, how and where to buy, pricing, license types, etc.

Summary Book of PA Fishing Regulations & Laws
As the name implies, a summary of fishing regulations. This is the online version of the booklet that is given to license buyers. In addition to regulations it contains fishing tips and other useful information.

Commonwealth Inland Waters -- seasons, sizes and creel limits
Chart that lists snapshot of regulations for most species of gamefish on most PA waters. Note many waters have special regulations and there are also separate charts for Conowingo Reservoir, Delaware River, Lake Erie / Presque Isle Bay / Lake Erie Tributaries and Pymatuning Reservoir.

Opening Days
List of season opening days for different fish species, also lists other significant events and dates.

Fish-for-Free Days
Fish-for-Free Days allow anyone (resident or non-resident) to legally fish without a fishing license. Each year the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission's Executive Director designates 2 Fish for Free Days. No fishing license is required to fish on Pennsylvania's waterways on these days. All other fishing regulations still apply.

Trout Stream Listings
The Commission classifies trout streams in a number of ways, for instance wild vs. stocked. This page defines those classifications and has links to the listings.

Special Regulation Areas
Shows special regulation areas by county, regardless of regulation category.

Special Activity Permits
Information about fishing tournaments and derbies, also used to request the use of Commission property.

Species Approved for Propogation (PDF)
Fish species that can be legally introduced into PA waters.

Rulemakings & Notices
New or proposed regulations and legislation. Public comments are welcome on proposed.

Charter Boats & Fishing Guides
Fishing guides and charter boat operators must be permitted by the Commission to operate within PA.