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Trot Lines
Question
Is it legal to use a trot line (a line across a body of water with an endless number of hooks attached - also referred to as a set line or throw line) in PA? If so, what type of regulations must be followed?
Answer
The PA Summary of Fishing Regulations and Laws, under the heading of "Tackle & Equipment" sub-heading "Rods, Lines and Hooks" says (as of 2011):

"An angler may use a maximum of two lines fished either by rod or hand when fishing for gamefish, baitfish or both. It is unlawful for a person to fish with more than two fishing rods at a time. No more than three hooks shall be attached to a line used in fishing (one hook having two or three points is considered a “single hook”). All rods, lines and hooks shall be under the immediate control of the person using them."

Trot lines are clearly illegal.

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