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Opening Day - Walleye 5/6/2017


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Opening day of Walleye
National Safe Boating Week 5/20/2017

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Wear IT Pennsylvania!
Fish-for-Free Day 5/28/2017
12:01 AM to 11:59 PM

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Fish-for-Free Days allow anyone (resident or non-resident) to legally fish on Pennsylvania waterways on the designated days with NO FISHING LICENSE REQUIRED (Trout/Salmon and Lake Erie permits are also NOT required). All other fishing regulations still apply.
National Fishing & Boating Week 6/3/2017

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National Fishing and Boating Week is a national celebration, an event that highlights the importance of recreational boating and fishing.
Opening Day - Bass 6/17/2017


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Open season year round - NO HARVEST April 15 through June 16. Special regulations for Big Bass Program and Catch and Release on certain waters.
Fish-for-Free Day 7/4/2017
12:01 AM to 11:59 PM

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Fish-for-Free Days allow anyone (resident or non-resident) to legally fish on Pennsylvania waterways on the designated days with NO FISHING LICENSE REQUIRED (Trout/Salmon and Lake Erie permits are also NOT required). All other fishing regulations still apply.
Extended Trout Season begins 9/5/2017


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Through February 29, 2018
2017 Fishing Licenses & Vouchers Available for Purchase 12/1/2017


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Anglers can purchase a 2018 Fishing License beginning December 1, 2017, which gives them a bonus month for free. A voucher can also be purchased as a gift - recipients can redeem the voucher to get their fishing license.