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2015 Pennsylvania Trout Season
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PA Opening DaysOpening Day
bulletSaturday, April 18, 2015

Regional Opening Day
bulletSaturday, April 4, 2015

(How these dates are determined)

Regional Opening Day counties:

  • All waters in Adams, Berks, Bucks, Chester, Cumberland, Dauphin, Delaware, Franklin, Juniata, Lancaster, Lebanon, Lehigh, Montgomery, Northampton, Perry, Philadelphia, Schuylkill and York counties (County Guide).

Streams on county borders that are part of Regional Opening Day:

  • Mahantango Creek, between Northumberland and Dauphin counties. This is the ONLY stream in Northumberland County opening on the earlier date.
  • West Branch Mahantango Creek, between Snyder and Juniata counties. This is the ONLY stream in Snyder County opening on the earlier date.
  • Two streams in Carbon County -- Lizard Creek and Mahoning Creek.

Time: 8 a.m.

Minimum Size: Seven (7) inches

Fishing Hours: 24 hours a day, after the 8 a.m. opener

Creel limits:

  • Regular season (opening day thru Labor Day)
       5 (combined species)
  • Extended season (Jan. 1-Feb. 28) & (day after Labor Day-Dec. 31)
       3 (combined species)

Creel limits apply to the majority of trout fishing waters (inland waters). Other rules apply for Special Regulation Areas. Anglers should consult the Summary of PA Fishing Laws and Regulations, distributed free with their licenses, for more details.

Fishing Licenses:

  • In addition to a fishing license, trout anglers 16 and older must posses a Trout/Salmon Permit (or Combination Trout-Salmon/Lake Erie Permit) to fish for trout.
  • A Lake Erie Permit (or Combination Trout-Salmon/Lake Erie Permit) is also needed to fish for trout, salmon and steelhead in Lake Erie and its tributaries.
  • Licenses must be signed in ink and displayed on an outer garment. Anglers must also be able to provide positive proof of identification (other than the fishing license) upon request of a Waterways Conservation Officer.
  • License Fees – 2014 licenses and permits are valid December 1, 2013 through December 31, 2014 (except 1, 3 and 7-day licenses) and are available Dec. 1, 2013 at issuing agents statewide and online through the The Outdoor Shop.
  • Multi-Year Licenses – 3-Year and 5-Year licenses. Visit The Outdoor Shop to purchase. Convenience—Savings—Rewards with each purchase.
Resident 16-64 $22.70 $64.70 $106.70
Senior Resident 65+ 11.70 31.70 51.70
Senior Resident - Lifetime 65+ 51.70 -- --
1-day Resident (not valid Mar. 15-Apr. 30) 16+ 11.70 -- --
National Guard & Armed Forces Reserve (resident)* 16+ 2.70 -- --
Prisoner of War (resident)* 16+ 2.70 -- --
Prisoner of War - Senior Lifetime (resident)* 65+ 2.70 -- --
Non-resident 16+ 52.70 154.70 256.70
7-day Tourist 16+ 34.70 -- --
3-day Tourist 16+ 26.70 -- --
1-day Tourist (includes all privileges, not valid Mar. 15-Apr. 30) 16+ 26.70 -- --
Trout/Salmon Permit 16+ 9.70 25.70 41.70
Lake Erie Permit 16+ 9.70 25.70 41.70
Combination Trout-Salmon/Lake Erie Permit 16+ 15.70 43.70 71.70
* Licenses are only available at Commission and county treasurer offices. Locations are contained within our complete agent listing, county treasurers are generally located at county court offices.

Prices listed include all agent and transaction fees.

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