|Summary Book of PA Fishing Regulations & Laws
As the name implies, a summary of fishing regulations. This is the online version of the booklet
that is given to license buyers. In addition to regulations it contains fishing tips and
other useful information....GO!
Commonwealth Inland Waters -- seasons, sizes and creel limits
Chart that lists snapshot of regulations for most species of gamefish on most PA waters. Note many waters have special regulations and there are also separate charts
for Conowingo Reservoir, Delaware River, Lake Erie / Presque
Isle Bay / Lake Erie Tributaries and Pymatuning Reservoir....GO!
In addition to listing season opening days, shows other significant dates and also how opening
days are determined....GO!
Also listed within the PFBC calendar.
How opening days are determined.
Fish-for-Free Days allow anyone (resident or non-resident) to legally
fish without a fishing license. Each year the Pennsylvania
Fish and Boat Commission's Executive Director designates 2 Fish for Free Days. No fishing
license is required to fish on Pennsylvania's waterways on these days. All other
fishing regulations still apply....GO!
Trout Stream Listings
The Commission classifies trout streams in a number of ways, for instance wild vs. stocked. This
page defines those classifications and has links to the listings....GO!
Special Regulation Areas
Shows special regulation areas by county, regardless of regulation category....GO!
Special Activity Permits
Information about fishing tournaments and derbies, also used to request the use of Commission property....GO!
Species Approved for Propogation
Fish species that can be legally introduced into PA waters....GO!
New or proposed regulations and legislation. Public comments are welcome on proposed....GO!
Charter Boats & Fishing Guides
Fishing guides and charter boat operators must be permitted by the Commission to operate within