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How Opening Days are Determined

Trout and Salmon – Regular Season

From 8 a.m. on the first Saturday after April 11, to midnight, Labor Day.

Trout and Salmon, Regional – Regular Season

From 8 a.m. on the first Saturday after March 28, to midnight, Labor Day.

Trout and Salmon – Extended Season

All approved trout waters, streams plus lakes and ponds - From January 1 to the last day of February; and from the day after Labor Day to December 31.

Muskellunge, Pike, Pickerel

Open year-round

Walleye, Sauger

From January 1 to March 14; and from 12:01 a.m. of the first Saturday in May to December 31.

Bass – Largemouth, Smallmouth, Spotted

Year round open season. No harvest between midnight of the day before the opening day of trout season in April through the first Saturday after June 11. During the no harvest season, anglers must immediately return any bass to the water and are prohibited from casting into spawning beds.

Fish-for-Free Days

These days are set by the Commission's Executive Director. The PA Fish and Boat Code allows for a maximum of 2 free days each year. Traditionally one of the free days is in early June, chosen to coincide with National Fishing & Boating Week.

View Fish-for-Free page.


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