Begin Main Content Area



Saturday, April 2, 2022 (one opening day in 2022)

(How these dates are determined)

TIME: 8 a.m.
MINIMUM SIZE: Seven (7) inches
FISHING HOURS: 24 hours a day, after the 8 a.m. opener

Regular season (opening day through Labor Day)
    • 5 (combined species)
Extended season (Jan. 1-Feb. 20) & (day after Labor Day-Dec. 31)
    • 3 (combined species)

Creel limits apply to the majority of trout fishing waters. Other rules apply for Special Regulation Areas. Anglers should consult the Summary of PA Fishing Laws and Regulations for more details.


License Categories and Pricing

    • In addition to a fishing license, trout anglers 16 and older must posses a Trout Permit (or Combination Trout/Lake Erie Permit) to fish for trout.
    • A Lake Erie Permit (or Combination Trout/Lake Erie Permit) is also needed to fish for trout, salmon and steelhead in Lake Erie and its tributaries.
    • The license shall be kept about the person while fishing and shown upon the request of any waterways or other officer designated by the Commission. In addition to showing the license to the officer, the holder thereof shall, upon demand, establish further identification to the satisfaction of the officer by producing some other positive means of identification.
    • Valid Dates – 2022 licenses and permits are valid December 1, 2021 through December 31, 2022 (except 1, 3 and 7-day licenses) and are available beginning Dec. 1, 2021 at issuing agents statewide and online through our secure e-commerce site at
    • Multi-Year Licenses also available.

Visit our fishing license Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) page to find out more about fishing licenses.