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The Fish and Boat Commission is the state agency with authority to adopt rules and regulations regarding fishing and boating. Before a regulation becomes final, the Commission must first publish a notice of proposed rulemaking in the Pennsylvania Bulletin seeking comments, objections or suggestions from the public. Comments are accepted for at least 30 days. After the public comment period, the Commission considers the proposed amendment "on final rulemaking." If adopted on final rulemaking, the amendment becomes effective on the date of publication in the Pennsylvania Bulletin or other date specified by the Commission.

The Commission also publishes notices regarding issues, such as access closures, exclusive use areas and proposed special regulation designations. The Commission may or may not seek comments regarding these issues. Check individual notices for more information.

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Notice - 4.24.2017

Proposed Changes to List of Class A Wild Trout Waters - July 2017....view notice
Public Comment Period - May 6 through June 5, 2017
COMMENT ON THIS NOTICE

Notice - 4.24.2017

Classification of Wild Trout Streams - Proposed Additions, Revisions, and Removals - July 2017....view notice
Public Comment Period - May 6 through June 5, 2017
COMMENT ON THIS NOTICE

Notice - 4.3.2017

Lake Erie Creel Limits for Walleye and Yellow Perch 2017....view notice
Effective Date: May 1, 2017

Notice - 4.3.2017

Lake Erie Commercial Fishing - Walleye Total Allowable Catch....view notice
Effective Immediately

Notice - 3.7.2017

Mentored Youth Fishing Day Program - Trout 2017....view notice
March 25, and April 8, 2017

Notice - 3.7.2017

Brood Stock Lakes....view notice
Public Comment Period - March 18 through April 17, 2017

Rulemaking #274

Smallmouth Bass - Susquehanna/Juniata Rivers - Special Regulations....view notice
Public Comment Period - March 11 through May 10, 2017
COMMENT ON THIS RULEMAKING

Notice - 2.8.2017

Proposed Changes to List of Class A Wild Trout Waters - April 2017....view notice
Adopted....view final
Effective Date - May 6, 2017

Notice - 2.8.2017

Classification of Wild Trout Streams - Proposed Additions, Revisions, and Removals - April 2017....view notice
Adopted....view final
Effective Date - May 6, 2017

Notice - 1.30.2017

Panfish Enhancement - Pymatuning Reservoir....view notice (final)
Effecitve Date - March 1, 2017

Notice - 1.30.2017

Boat and Marine Forfeiture; Maximum Amount....view notice (final)

Rulemaking #273

Rulemaking was Approved, Effective Date - March 11, 2017....view final

Harvey's Lake, Luzerne County - Fishing Regulations....view notice
Public Comment Period: December 3, 2016 through January 2, 2017

Notice - 11.7.16

Notice was Approved, Effective Date - February 11, 2017....view final

Proposed Changes to List of Class A Wild Trout Waters - January 2017....view notice
Public Comment Period: November 19 through December 19, 2016

Notice - 11.7.16

Notice was Approved, Effective Date - February 11, 2017....view final

Classification of Wild Trout Streams - Proposed Additions, Revisions, and Removals - January 2017....view notice
Public Comment Period: November 19 through December 19, 2016

Notice - 11.7.16

Snowmobile Use - Hunters Lake, Sullivan County; Mountain Spring Lake, Luzerne County; and Oswayo State Fish Hatchery, Potter County....view notice
Effective Immediately

Notice - 10.11.16

Lake Erie Blasting Permit...view notice
Public Comment Period: October 15 – November 14, 2016

Rulemaking #272

Rulemaking was Approved, Effective Date - March 11, 2017....view final

Glade Run Lake fishery...view notice
Public Comment Period: September 3 to October 3, 2016
Final Rulemaking: Pending

Notice-9.2.16

Temporary Changes to Fishing Regulations - Minsi Lake
Final Rulemaking: Adopted...view notice
Effective Date: September 3, 2016

Notice-8.29.16

Temporary Changes to Fishing Regulations Donegal Lake, Kyle Lake, Somerset Lake
Final Rulemaking: Adopted...view notice
Effective Date: August 26, 2016

Notice-8.12.16

Proposed Special Regulation Designations and Re-designations - September 2016...view notice
Public Comment Period: August 20 – September 19, 2016 
Final Rulemaking: Adopted...view final
Effective Date: January 1, 2017

Notice-8.9.16

Mentored Youth Fishing Day Program – Panfish
Final Rulemaking : Adopted... view final
Effective Date: Immediately

Notice-7.12.16

Proposed Additions to List of Class A Wild Trout Waters - September 2016... view notice
Public Comment Period: July 23 to August 22, 2016
Final Rulemaking: Adopted...view final
Pending Effective Date: October 15, 2016

Notice-7.12.16  

Classification of Wild Trout Streams - Proposed Additions and Revisions - September 2016... view notice 
Public Comment Period: July 23 to August 22, 2016
Final Rulemaking: Adopted...view final 
Effective Date: October 15, 2016

Rulemaking #271 

Foster Joseph Sayers Lake Crappie Regulations... view notice 
Public Comment Period: May 21 through June 20, 2016 
Final Rulemaking: Pending 
Effective Date: Pending

Rulemaking #270 

Boating Regulation Changes... view notice 
Public Comment Period: May 21 through June 20, 2016 
Final Rulemaking: Adopted....view final 
Effective Date: January 1, 2017

Rulemaking #269

Special Fishing Regulations – Opossum and Leaser Lakes... view notice 
Public Comment Period: November 21 – December 21, 2015 
Final Rulemaking: Adopted... view final 
Effective Date: June 19, 2016

Rulemaking #268 

Boating Regulations... view notice 
Public Comment Period: November 21 – December 21, 2015 
Final Rulemaking: Adopted... view final 
Effective Date: March 26, 2016

Rulemaking #267

Endangered and Threatened Species... view notice
Public Comment Period: November 21 – December 21, 2015 
Final Rulemaking: Adopted... view final 
Effective Date: September 3, 2016

Rulemaking #266

Striped Bass in the Delaware River... view notice 
Public Comment Period: July 18 through August 17, 2015 
Final Rulemaking: Adopted... view final 
Effective Date: January 1, 2016

Rulemaking #265  

Boating regulations... view notice 
Public Comment Period: July 18 through August 17, 2015 
Final Rulemaking: Adopted... view final 
Effective Date: January 1, 2016

Rulemaking #264  

Simplification and consolidation of regulations... view notice 
Public Comment Period: April 4 through June 3, 2015 
Final Rulemaking: Adopted... view final 
Effective Date: January 1, 2016 except for the amendments pertaining to Opossum Lake and Leaser Lake, which will go into effect on June 18, 2016

Rulemaking #263  

Delayed Harvest Artificial Lures Only (DHALO) Program... view notice 
Public Comment Period: N/A 
Final Rulemaking: Proposal withdrawn.... view final 

Rulemaking #262  

Administrative changes 
Final Rulemaking: Adopted.... view final 
Effective Date: April 4, 2015 

Rulemaking #261

Threatened and endangered species regulations... view notice 
Public Comment Period: December 20, 2014 – January 19, 2015 
Final Rulemaking: Adopted.... view final 
Effective Date: July 18, 2015

Rulemaking #260

Lake Perez fishing... view notice 
Public Comment Period: December 20, 2014 – January 19, 2015 
Final Rulemaking: Adopted.... view final 
Effective Date: July 18, 2015

Rulemaking #259  

Boating in special regulation areas... view notice 
Public Comment Period: September 20 through October 20, 2014 
Final Rulemaking: Adopted... view final 
Effective Date: March 14, 2015

Rulemaking #258

Navigation lights on boats, paddleboards, hydro flying devices, Packer’s Island... view notice 
Public Comment Period: July 12 through August 11, 2014 
Final Rulemaking: Adopted.... view final 
Effective Date: January 1, 2015

Notice-7.12.16

Closure - Muncy Access Area, West Branch Susquehanna River... view notice
Effective Date: Upon posting at the site 

Notice-6.29.16

Approved Courses of Instruction in Boating Safety Education... view notice
Effective Date: July 1, 2016

Notice-4.26.16 

Proposed Additions to List of Class A Wild Trout Waters - July 2016... view notice
Public Comment Period: May 7 through June 6, 2016 
Final Rulemaking: Adopted... view final
Effective Date: July 23, 2016

Notice-4.26.16

Classification of Wild Trout Streams - Proposed Additions and Revisions - July 2016... view notice
Public Comment Period: May 7 through June 6, 2016 
Final Rulemaking: Adopted... view final
Effective Date: July 23, 2016

Notice-4.5.16

Lake Erie Creel Limits for Walleye and Yellow Perch 2016 
Final Rulemaking: Adopted... view final
Effective Date: Immediately

Notice-4.5.16 

Lake Erie Commercial Fishing – 2016 
Final Rulemaking: Adopted... view final
Effective Date: Immediately

Notice-4.5.16

Temporary Changes to Fishing Regulations - White Oak Pond & Miller Pond, Wayne County 
Final Rulemaking: Adopted... view final
Effective Date: Immediately

Notice-3.9.16  

Mentored Youth Fishing Day Program Trout – 2016 
Final Rulemaking: Adopted... view final
Effective Date: March 19, 2016 

Notice-2.4.16

Boat and Marine Forfeiture; Maximum Amount 
Final Rulemaking: Adopted... view final
Effective Date: Immediately

Notice-1.14.16

Classification of Wild Trout Streams Proposed Additions and Revisions – March 2016... view notice
Public Comment Period: January 23 through February 22, 2016 
Final Rulemaking: Adopted... view final
Effective Date: April 16, 2016

Notice-1.14.16

Proposed Additions to List of Class A Wild Trout Waters – March 2016... view notice
Public Comment Period: January 23 through February 22, 2016 
Final Rulemaking: Adopted... view final
Effective Date: April 16, 2016

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