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Stocked Trout Waters Closed to Fishing 3/1/2018


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Stocked Trout Waters are closed to fishing until the opening day of Trout season.
Mentored Youth Trout Day - Regional 3/24/2018
08:00 AM to 07:30 PM

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Youth under the age of 16 can join a mentor (adult) angler who has a current fishing license and trout permit to fish on Saturday, March 24 on stocked trout waters within the 18 southeastern regional counties.
Regional Opening Day of Trout 3/31/2018
08:00 AM

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Trout opening day for 18 counties in southeast PA
Mentored Youth Trout Day - Statewide 4/7/2018
08:00 AM to 07:30 PM

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Youth under the age of 16 can join a mentor (adult) angler who has a current fishing license and trout permit to fish on Saturday, April 7 on stocked trout waters.
Opening Day of Trout - Statewide 4/14/2018
08:00 AM

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Statewide (regular) opening day of trout season
Opening Day - Walleye 5/5/2018


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Opening day of Walleye
National Safe Boating Week 5/19/2018

(Daily 1 of 7)
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Wear IT Pennsylvania!
Fish-for-Free Day 5/27/2018
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.
Opening Day - Bass 6/16/2018


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Open season year round - NO HARVEST April 14 through June 15. Special regulations for Big Bass Program and Catch and Release on certain waters.
Fish-for-Free Day 7/4/2018
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 9/4/2018


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Through February 28, 2019
2018 Fishing Licenses & Vouchers Available for Purchase 12/1/2018


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Anglers can purchase a 2019 Fishing License beginning December 1, 2018, 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.