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PROPOSED & RECENT REGULATIONS

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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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Send comments electronically on proposed rulemakings and notices by completing the Proposed Rulemakings & Notices comment form.


Notice - 12.6.2017

Proposed Special Regulation Designations - January 2018 Meeting....view notice
Public Comment Period: December 16, 2017 through January 16, 2018
COMMENT ON THIS NOTICE

Notice - 11.6.2017

Classification of Wild Trout Streams - Proposed Additions, Revisions, and Removals - January 2018....view notice
Public Comment Period: November 18 through December 18, 2017
COMMENT ON THIS NOTICE

Notice - 11.6.2017

Proposed Changes to List of Class A Wild Trout Waters - January 2018....view notice
Public Comment Period: November 18 through December 18, 2017
COMMENT ON THIS NOTICE

Rulemaking #276

License Display Requirement....view notice
Public Comment Period: November 4 through December 4, 2017

Notice - 8.14.2017

Mentored Youth Fishing Day Program - Panfish....view notice
Effective Date: Immediately

Notice - 7.18.2017

Classification of Wild Trout Streams - Proposed Additions, Revisions, and Removals - September 2017....view notice
Adopted....view final
Effective Date: October 14, 2017

Notice - 7.18.2017

Proposed Changes to List of Class A Wild Trout Waters - September 2017....view notice
Adopted....view final
Effective Date: October 14, 2017

Notice - 7.18.2017

Mentored Youth Fishing Day Program - Catfish – 2017....view notice
Effective Date: July 22, 2017

Notice - 7.18.2017

Criteria for Courses of Instruction in Boating Safety Education....view notice
Effective Date: July 1, 2017

Notice - 6.19.2017

Approved Courses of Instruction in Boating Safety Education....view notice
Effective Date: July 1, 2017

Rulemaking #275

Rulemaking was Approved, Effective Date: December 9, 2017....view final

Boating Regulations - Wake Surfing....view notice
Public Comment Period - July 22 through August 21, 2017

Notice - 5.24.2017

Proposed Special Regulation Designation - Catch and Release All-tackle....view notice
Adopted....view final
Effective Date: January 1, 2018

Notice - 4.24.2017

Proposed Changes to List of Class A Wild Trout Waters - July 2017....view notice
Adopted....view final
Effective Date: July 22, 2017

Notice - 4.24.2017

Classification of Wild Trout Streams - Proposed Additions, Revisions, and Removals - July 2017....view notice
Adopted....view final
Effective Date: July 22, 2017

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

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

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

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