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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.


Rulemaking #288

Special Fishing Regulations....view proposal
Public Comment Period: December 15, 2018 through January 14, 2019
COMMENT ON THIS NOTICE

Notice - 11.8.2018

Fees for Use Permits for Unpowered Boats....view notice
Effective Date: January 1, 2019

Notice - 11.8.2018

Special Regulation Designations....view notice
Effective Date: January 1, 2019

Notice - 11.8.2018

Proposed Changes to List of Class A Wild Trout Waters - January 2019....view notice
Public Comment Period: November 10 through December 9, 2018
COMMENT ON THIS NOTICE

Notice - 11.8.2018

Classification of Wild Trout Streams - Proposed Additions, Revisions, and Revisions - January 2019....view notice
Public Comment Period: November 10 through December 9, 2018
COMMENT ON THIS NOTICE

Notice - 10.19.2018

Triploid Grass Carp Permit Application - Rickard Lake, Pike County....view notice
Public Comment Period: October 27 through November 26, 2018
COMMENT ON THIS NOTICE

Notice - 9.5.2018

Notice Adopted....view final

Proposed Changes to List of Class A Wild Trout Waters - October 2018....view notice
Public Comment Period: August 11 through September 10, 2018

Notice - 9.5.2018

Notice Adopted....view final

Classification of Wild Trout Streams - Proposed Additions, Revisions, and Revisions - October 2018....view notice
Public Comment Period: August 11 through September 10, 2018

Notice - 8.28.2018

Stocked Trout Waters Open to Year-Round Fishing....view notice
Public Comment Period: September 1 - September 30, 2018

Notice - 8.28.2018

Delayed Harvest Artificial Lure Only Regulations....view notice
Public Comment Period: September 1 - September 30, 2018

Rulemaking #287

Reptile and Amphibian Permit Fees....view proposal
Public Comment Period: September 1 - September 30, 2018

Rulemaking #286

Application Fees....view proposal
Public Comment Period: September 1 - September 30, 2018

Rulemaking #285

Summary Book Fee....view proposal
Public Comment Period: September 1 - September 30, 2018

Rulemaking #284

Cutting and Removal of Firewood from Commission Property....view proposal
Public Comment Period: September 1 - September 30, 2018

Rulemaking #283

Scientific Collectors' Permits....view proposal
Public Comment Period: September 1 - September 30, 2018

Rulemaking #281

Exclusive Use Fishing Areas....view proposal
Public Comment Period: September 1 - September 30, 2018

Notice - 7.27.2018

Mentored Youth Fishing Program - Catfish - 2018....view notice
Effective Date: August 4, 2018

Notice - 7.23.2018

Walnut Creek Marina Mooring Fees 2018....view notice
Effective Date: December 1, 2018

Notice - 7.23.2018

Triploid Grass Carp Permit Application - Rickard Lake, Pike County....view notice
Public Comment Period: July 28 through August 27, 2018

Notice - 7.11.2018

Special Regulation Designation - Penns Creek....view notice
Public Comment Period: July 21 through September 19, 2018

Notice - 6.27.2018

Approved Courses of Instruction in Boating Safety Education....view notice
Effective Date....July 1, 2018

Notice - 5.7.2018

Temporary Change to Fishing Regulations - Lake Williams, York County....view notice
Effective Date....May 2, 2018

Notice - 4.23.2018

Notice Adopted....view final
Effective Date....Upon Publication in the PA Bulletin

Proposed Changes to List of Class A Wild Trout Waters - July 2018....view notice
Public Comment Period: May 5 through June 4, 2018

Notice - 4.23.2018

Notice Adopted....view final
Effective Date....Upon Publication in the PA Bulletin

Classification of Wild Trout Streams - Proposed Additions, Revisions, and Revisions - July 2018....view notice
Public Comment Period: May 5 through June 4, 2018

Rulemaking 280

Adopted....view final
Effective Date: Upon Publication in the PA Bulletin

Commission Property - Chapter 53....view notice
Public Comment Period: May 5 through June 4, 2018

Rulemaking 279

Adopted....view final
Effective Date: Upon Publication in the PA Bulletin

Boating - Chapters 99 and 111....view notice
Public Comment Period: May 5 through June 4, 2018

Notice - 4.6.2018

Lake Erie Creel Limits for Walleye and Yellow Perch - 2018....view notice
Effective Date....Immediately

Notice - 4.6.2018

Lake Erie Commercial Fishing - 2018....view notice
Effective Date....Immediately

Rulemaking 278

Address and Contact Updates....view final
Effective Date....March 24, 2018

Rulemaking 277

Fly-fishing Regulations....view final
Effective Date....March 24, 2018

Notice - 3.8.2018

Mentored Youth Fishing Day Program - Trout 2018....view notice
Public Comment Period: March 17 through April 16, 2018

Notice - 3.8.2018

Notice Adopted....view final
Effective Date....January 1, 2019

Proposed Special Regulation Designations - Panfish Enhancement....view notice

Notice - 3.8.2018

Boat and Marine Forfeiture; Maximum Amount - 2018....view notice
Effective Date....Immediately

Notice - 2.6.2018

Notice Approved....view final
Effective Date....Upon Publication in the PA Bulletin

Classifification of Wild Trout Streams - Proposed Additions, Revisions, and Removals - April 2018....view notice
Public Comment Period: February 17 through March 19, 2018

Notice - 2.6.2018

Notice Approved....view final
Effective Date....Upon Publication in the PA Bulletin

Proposed Changes to List of Class A Wild Trout Waters - April 2018....view notice
Public Comment Period: February 17 through March 19, 2018

Notice - 12.6.2017

Notice Approved....view final
Effective Date....February 17, 2018

Proposed Special Regulation Designations - January 2018 Meeting....view notice

Notice - 11.6.2017

Notice Approved....view final
Effective Date....February 17, 2018

Classification of Wild Trout Streams - Proposed Additions, Revisions, and Removals - January 2018....view notice

Notice - 11.6.2017

Notice Approved....view final
Effective Date....February 17, 2018

Proposed Changes to List of Class A Wild Trout Waters - January 2018....view notice

Rulemaking #276

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

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