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Saturday, April 1, 2023 

(One Opening Day)

(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) & (Sept. 6-Dec. 31)
    • 3 (combined species).
    • New for 2022 - Extended season regulations only apply to waters managed as Stocked Trout Waters (STW).  All waters downstream of STW are no longer managed under extended season regulations. 
    • Waters not managed as STW are CLOSED to harvest and fishing must be done on a catch and immediate release basis only. (Note:  This includes stream sections that are designated as both Stocked Trout Waters and Class A Wild Trout Streams)
    • Harvest is prohibited during the extended season in waters managed under Delayed Harvest regulations.
    • These regulations remain in place through February 19,2023
Extended Trout Season Details:
Stocked Trout Waters
All waters not managed as Stocked Trout Waters
(Includes sections designated stocked and Class A)
Delayed Harvest
​Creel Limit = 3
​No Harvest; Catch and Immediate Release Only
​Creel Limit = 0

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.

Trout stocking schedules
View Stocking Overview


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.