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Commonwealth Inland Waters Fishing Regulations

Trout Fishing

  • Season: Regular opening day from April 1 at 8 a.m. through Sept. 4.
    • Extended Season: Jan. 1-Feb. 19 & Sept. 5-Dec. 31 for stocked trout waters; catch and release only in stocked Class A wild trout streams.
  • Minimum Size: 7 inches for all seasons.
  • Daily Limit: 5 (combined species) during regular season; 3 (combined species) during extended season.

Bass (Largemouth, Smallmouth, and Spotted)

  • Seasonal Regulations:
    • Jan. 1-April 7 & Oct. 1-Dec. 31: 15 inches minimum, 4 fish limit.
    • April 8-June 9: Catch and release only.
    • June 10-Sept. 30: 12 inches minimum, 6 fish limit.

Muskellunge, Pickerel, and Northern Pike

  • Muskellunge and Tiger Muskellunge: Open year-round, 40 inches minimum, 1 fish limit.
  • Pickerel: 18 inches minimum, 4 fish limit.
  • Northern Pike: 24 inches minimum, 2 fish limit.

Walleye, Saugeye, and Sauger

  • Season: Jan. 1-March 14 & May 6-Dec. 31.
  • Minimum Size and Limit:
    • Walleye and Saugeye: 15 inches, 6 fish limit.
    • Sauger: 12 inches, 6 fish limit.

American Shad and River Herring

  • American Shad: Open year-round; catch and release only in specific rivers.
  • River Herring: Closed year-round in Susquehanna River and tributaries.

Other Species

  • General Open Season: For sunfish, yellow perch, crappies, catfish, and others not listed, open year-round with no minimum size and a 50 fish combined limit.
  • American Eel: Open year-round, 9 inches minimum, 25 fish limit.
  • Striped Bass: Open year-round, 20 inches minimum, 2 fish limit.

Baitfish and Fishbait

  • General Rule: Open year-round with a 50 combined species limit.
  • Mudbugs: Unlimited from lakes, ponds, and swamps; 50 per day from rivers and streams.

Seasons, Sizes, and Creel Limits Overview

General Regulation Timing

  • Regulatory periods for fishing regulations are aligned with the calendar day, transitioning at midnight to the next day, with trout season commencing at 8 a.m.

Species-Specific Notes

Tiger Muskellunge
  • A hybrid of muskellunge, not included in waters designated for the Brood Stock Lakes Program.
American Shad and River Herring
  • American Shad: Illegal to capture in the Susquehanna River and its tributaries.
  • River Herring: Closed season year-round in designated rivers and estuaries.
Bass Regulations
  • Immediate release of bass without harm does not constitute a regulation breach. Targeting spawning nests for bass capture is prohibited.
  • Specific river sections are defined as "rivers" for bass fishing regulations, affecting tournament rules.
Trout Fishing
  • Stocked trout waters are not accessible for fishing from February 20 until the regular season opening in April, with exceptions for Year-Round Fishing Program areas.
  • Class A trout streams are fishable year-round, with no harvest permitted post-Labor Day until the subsequent trout season opening.
Baitfish and Fishbait
  • Baitfish: Includes minnows, suckers, chubs, Fallfish, lampreys, Gizzard Shad (up to 8 inches), and other small fish, excluding threatened or endangered species. The use of goldfish, comets, koi, and Common Carp as bait is illegal.
  • Fishbait: Consists of crayfish, crabs, and aquatic insect life stages.

Pymatuning Reservoir Fishing Regulations

Species-Specific Regulations

Walleye and Saugeye (Hybrids)

  • Season: Open year-round
  • Minimum Size: 15 inches
  • Daily Limit: 6 (combined species)

Bass: Largemouth, Smallmouth

  • Season: Open year-round
  • Minimum Size: 12 inches
  • Daily Limit: 5

Muskellunge and Tiger Muskellunge (Hybrids)

  • Season: Open year-round
  • Minimum Size: 30 inches
  • Daily Limit: 2 (combined species)

Crappie

  • Season: Open year-round
  • Minimum Size: 9 inches
  • Daily Limit: 20

All Other Species

  • Season: Open year-round
  • Minimum Size: No minimum
  • Daily Limit: None

Baitfish/Fishbait

  • Season: Open year-round
  • Minimum Size: No minimum
  • Daily Limit: None

Frogs and Tadpoles

  • Season: July 1 through Oct. 31
  • Minimum Size: No minimum
  • Daily Limit: 15

Snapping Turtles

  • Season: July 1 through Oct. 31
  • Minimum Size: No minimum
  • Daily Limit: 15 daily, 30 possession

Turtles (excluding Snapping Turtles)

  • Season: Open year-round
  • Minimum Size: No minimum
  • Daily Limit: 2

Additional Restrictions for Pymatuning Reservoir

General Restrictions

  • Frog Capture: Use of lights or firearms prohibited.
  • Turtle Hooks: Must be at least 3.5 inches long with a minimum 1 inch space between point and shank.

Equipment for Carp and Suckers

  • Permitted Tools: Spears, longbows, compound bows, and crossbows.
  • Minnow Seines and Dip Nets: Limited to 4 feet; mesh size between 1/8 inch and 1/2 inch.

Ice Fishing Regulations

  • License Recognition: Ohio or Pennsylvania fishing licenses are valid across the lake.
  • Fishing Devices: Up to five, with each containing a single line and no more than three hooks.
  • Ice Holes: Maximum diameter of 10 inches.
  • Device Supervision: Must be under immediate control of the user.

Special Notes

  • Crayfish: Heads must be removed immediately unless used as bait in the water of capture.
  • Crappie Regulations: Subject to Panfish Enhancement Special Regulations.
  • Reciprocal Fishing: Refer to specified page for details on Pennsylvania and Ohio reciprocal fishing privileges.

Conowingo Reservoir up to Holtwood Dam Fishing Regulations

Trout Fishing

  • Season: Open year-round
  • Minimum Size: No minimum
  • Daily Limit: 2 (combined species)

Bass Fishing

  • Seasons:
    • Jan. 1 through Feb. 28
    • June 16 through Dec. 31
  • Minimum Size: 12 inches
  • Daily Limit: 5 (combined species)

Northern Pike

  • Season: Open year-round
  • Minimum Size: 30 inches
  • Daily Limit: 2

Walleye

  • Season: Open year-round
  • Minimum Size: 15 inches
  • Daily Limit: 5

Muskellunge and Tiger Muskellunge (Hybrids)

  • Season: Open year-round
  • Minimum Size: 36 inches
  • Daily Limit: 1

Pickerel

  • Season: Open year-round
  • Minimum Size: 14 inches
  • Daily Limit: 5

Striped Bass and Hybrids

  • Season: Open year-round
  • Minimum Size: 18 inches
  • Daily Limit: 2 (only one may exceed 30 inches)

Panfish (Sunfish, Bluegill, Rock Bass)

  • Season: Open year-round
  • Minimum Size: No minimum
  • Daily Limit: 15 (combined species)

Crappies

  • Season: Open year-round
  • Minimum Size: No minimum
  • Daily Limit: 15

Carp

  • Season: Open year-round
  • Minimum Size: No minimum
  • Daily Limit: 15

Channel Catfish

  • Season: Open year-round
  • Minimum Size: No minimum
  • Daily Limit: 5

Suckers

  • Season: Open year-round
  • Minimum Size: No minimum
  • Daily Limit: 30

American Eel

  • Season: Open year-round
  • Minimum Size: 9 inches
  • Daily Limit: 25

Yellow Perch

  • Season: Open year-round
  • Minimum Size: No minimum
  • Daily Limit: No limit

Baitfish/Fishbait

  • Season: Open year-round
  • Minimum Size: No minimum
  • Daily Limit: 35

Special Regulations for Crayfish

  • It is illegal to catch or process crayfish without immediate removal of the head behind the eyes upon capture. Use of crayfish as bait requires head removal, and possessing a female crayfish with eggs is prohibited.

Closed Seasons

  • Species: American Shad, Hickory Shad, River Herring, and Bivalves/Shellfish are closed year-round, including all threatened and endangered species.

Fishing Privileges in Boundary Waters

License Agreements and Requirements

Conowingo Reservoir or Youghiogheny River Lake

  • License Validity: Either a Pennsylvania or Maryland license is acceptable.
  • Conditions: Valid when fishing from a boat, excluding coves and tributaries. Shore fishing is not included in this agreement.

Delaware River (Including West Branch)

  • Pennsylvania and New York: A license from either state allows you to fish from a boat or either shore.
  • Pennsylvania and New Jersey: Similarly, licenses from Pennsylvania or New Jersey permit fishing from a boat or either shore on the Delaware River between these states. For all other Delaware Estuary waters, a Pennsylvania license is mandatory.

Pymatuning Reservoir

  • License Validity: Both Pennsylvania and Ohio licenses are recognized.
  • Conditions: License valid only when fishing from a boat; shore fishing is excluded.

Kinzua Reservoir

  • Requirement: Exclusive requirement of a Pennsylvania fishing license for fishing in the Kinzua Reservoir located in McKean and Warren counties, as no agreement exists with New York.

Areas Without Agreements

  • General Note: No fishing agreements exist for other boundary waters, necessitating adherence to the specific licensing requirements of the water body being fished.

Saltwater Angler Registry: Delaware River and Estuary

Registration Requirements

Anglers targeting or catching shad, striped bass, and river herring in the Delaware River below Trenton Falls or in the Delaware Estuary must register. This can be done through:

  • PFBC Registration: Free registration using a QR code provided by the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission (PFBC).
  • NOAA National Saltwater Angler Registry: Registration available for a fee, accessible through the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) website or by phone.

Exceptions to Registration

No registration is required for anglers who:

  • Are under 16 years old.
  • Hold a Highly Migratory Species Angling Permit.
  • Fish commercially with a valid license.
  • Have valid registration with NOAA's National Saltwater Angler Registry or an exempted state's registry.

How to Register

  • PFBC: Pennsylvania fishing license holders can register for free with the PFBC. Details are available online.
  • NOAA National Registry: Visit www.countmyfish.noaa.gov and follow the Angler Registry link or call 1-888-MRIP-411 (1-888-674-7411) for registration.

Important Note

Registered anglers are required to possess a valid state fishing license in addition to their registration in the Saltwater Angler Registry.

Fishing Regulations for Delaware River and Estuary

Seasons, Sizes, and Daily Limits

The following regulations apply to the Delaware River, West Branch Delaware River, and their tributaries up to the limit of tidal influence, as well as the Lehigh River up to the first dam in Easton, Pennsylvania:

  • Seasons: Open year-round
  • Sizes: No minimum size specified
  • Creel Daily Limits: No daily limit specified

Attention: Non-Offset (Inline) Circle Hooks Requirement

When fishing with bait for any species of fish in the Tidal Delaware Estuary and its tributaries up to the limit of tidal influence, anglers must use non-offset (inline) circle hooks.

Definition of Non-Offset (Inline) Circle Hook

A non-offset hook is one where the point is pointed perpendicularly back towards the shank, and both the point and the barb are in the same plane as the shank.

Attention: Gaffing Striped Bass Prohibited

It is unlawful for any person to gaff or attempt to gaff any Striped Bass at any time when fishing.

Species, Seasons, Sizes, and Daily Limits

  • Trout

    • Seasons: April 1 at 8 a.m. through Oct. 15
    • North of I-84: Minimum Size - 14 inches, Daily Limit - 1 (combined species)
    • South of I-84: No minimum size, Daily Limit - 5 (combined species)
    • West Branch Delaware River: Minimum Size - 12 inches, Daily Limit - 2 (combined species)
  • Bass (Largemouth, Smallmouth)

    • Seasons: Jan. 1 through April 7 and June 10 through Dec. 31
    • Minimum Size: 12 inches
    • Daily Limit: 5 (combined species)
    • April 8 through June 9: NO HARVEST - Catch and immediate release only
  • Muskellunge and Tiger Muskellunge (Hybrids)

    • Open year-round
    • Minimum Size: 40 inches
    • Daily Limit: 1
  • Northern Pike

    • Open year-round
    • Minimum Size: 24 inches
    • Daily Limit: 2
  • Pickerel

    • Open year-round
    • Minimum Size: 12 inches
    • Daily Limit: 5
  • Walleye

    • Delaware River between New Jersey and Pennsylvania: Open year-round
    • Delaware River between New York and Pennsylvania: Jan. 1 until midnight, March 14 and May 6 until midnight, Dec. 31
    • Minimum Size: 18 inches
    • Daily Limit: 3
  • American Shad

    • Open year-round
    • No minimum size
    • Daily Limit: 2
  • American Eel

    • Open year-round
    • Minimum Size: 9 inches
    • Daily Limit: 25
  • Striped Bass and Hybrid Striped Bass

    • From the Pennsylvania state lineupstream to Calhoun Street Bridge: Jan. 1 through March 31 and June 1 through Dec. 31
      • Length: 28 to less than 35 inches
      • Daily Limit: 1
    • April 1 through May 31: Length: 21 to less than 24 inches, Daily Limit: 2
    • From Calhoun Street Bridge upstream: Open year-round, Length: 28 to less than 35 inches, Daily Limit: 1

Additional Regulations

  • Baitfish/Fishbait: Open year-round, No minimum size, Daily Limit: 50 (combined species)
  • River Herring: CLOSED YEAR-ROUND
  • Hickory Shad, Sturgeon, and other threatened and endangered species: CLOSED YEAR-ROUND
  • Mussels/Clams: CLOSED YEAR-ROUND

Mandatory Use of Non-Offset (Inline) Circle Hook

When fishing with bait for any species of fish in the tidal Delaware Estuary, including tributaries, anglers must use a non-offset (inline) circle hook. This hook type ensures safer catch and release practices.

Delaware River Estuary Water Areas and Upper Tidal Limits

The Delaware River estuary encompasses various water areas along with their upper tidal limits:

  • Chester Creek

    • Upper Tidal Limit: Kerlin Street (Chester-city)
  • Crum Creek

    • Upper Tidal Limit: U.S. Route 13 (Eddystone)
  • Darby Creek

    • Upper Tidal Limit: Pine Street (Darby-borough)
  • Delaware River

    • Upper Tidal Limit: From the PA state line upstream to the U.S. Route 1 bridge
  • Frankford Creek

    • Upper Tidal Limit: U.S. Route 13 (Frankford Avenue)
  • Marcus Hook Creek

    • Upper Tidal Limit: U.S. Route 13 (Marcus Hook-borough)
  • Neshaminy Creek

    • Upper Tidal Limit: Hulmeville Falls
  • Pennypack Creek

    • Upper Tidal Limit: U.S. Route 13 (Frankford Avenue)
  • Poquessing Creek

    • Upper Tidal Limit: State Road
  • Ridley Creek

    • Upper Tidal Limit: MacDade Boulevard (Chester-city)
  • Schuylkill River

    • Upper Tidal Limit: Fairmount Dam

Delaware River Blue Crabs Regulations

To ensure sustainable harvesting and protect the blue crab population in the Delaware River and its estuary waters, the following regulations apply:

  • Season: Open year-round

  • Minimum Size:

    • Hardshell: 4 inches *
    • Softshell: 3.5 inches *
  • Daily Limit: One (1) bushel (combined - hard shell and soft shell)

Additional Guidelines:

  • Female Blue Crabs Bearing Eggs:

    • It is prohibited to possess female blue crabs bearing eggs or from which the egg pouch or bunion has been removed.
  • Crab Pots:

    • Limited to no more than two pots per person when taking crabs.
    • Additionally, two handlines may be used.
  • Unattended Crab Pots:

    • Must be labeled with the name and address of the owner or user.
    • Disturbing unattended crab pots is unlawful, except by the owner, user, or members of the immediate family, and officers or representatives of the PFBC.
  • Horseshoe Crabs:

    • It is unlawful to sell, offer for sale, or purchase horseshoe crabs.
    • Importing into or transporting horseshoe crabs for the purpose of sale is prohibited.

Note: Sizes are measured as specified, either in hardshell or softshell conditions.

Fishing Regulations for Lake Erie and Tributary Streams

For Lake Erie, Presque Isle Bay, peninsular waters, and all Lake Erie tributaries, including but not limited to Cascade Creek, Conneaut Creek, Crooked Creek, and more, the following regulations are in effect:

  • Seasons: Open year-round for most species.
  • Minimum Size: Varies by species (see below).
  • Daily Limits: Varies by species (see below).

Species Regulations:

  • Muskellunge and Tiger Muskellunge (Hybrids):

    • Minimum Size: 40 inches
    • Daily Limit: 1
  • Northern Pike:

    • Minimum Size: 24 inches
    • Daily Limit: 2
  • Walleye:

    • Jan. 1 through March 14 and May 6 through Dec. 31
      • Minimum Size: 15 inches
      • Daily Limit: 6***
    • April 8 through June 9*
      • Minimum Size: 20 inches
      • Daily Limit: 1
  • Bass (Largemouth and Smallmouth):

    • Jan. 1 through April 7 and June 10 through Dec. 31
      • Minimum Size: 15 inches
      • Daily Limit: 4 (combined species)
    • April 8 through June 9*
      • Minimum Size: 20 inches
      • Daily Limit: 1
  • Yellow Perch:

    • Dec. 1 through April 30
      • Minimum Size: 7 inches
      • Daily Limit: 30***
    • May 1 through Nov. 30
      • No Minimum Size
      • Daily Limit: None
  • Other Gamefish (Sunfish, Crappies, Catfish, etc.):

    • Open year-round
    • No Minimum Size
    • Daily Limit: 50 (combined species)
  • Brook and Brown Trout:

    • Regular Season until midnight Labor Day
      • Minimum Size: 9 inches
      • Daily Limit: 5 (combined species)****
    • After Labor Day until Friday before regular trout season
      • Minimum Size: 15 inches
      • Daily Limit: 3 (combined species)****
  • Rainbow Trout, Salmon, and Lake Trout:

    • Regular Season until Friday before regular trout season the following year
      • Minimum Size: 15 inches
      • Daily Limit: 3 (combined species)****
  • Burbot, Smelt, Baitfish/Fishbait, American Eel:

    • Open year-round with specific regulations (see page 8 for details).

Additional Regulations:

  • Burbot (taken by scuba divers): June 1 through Sept. 30 - No minimum size, 5 daily limit.
  • Burbot (taken by hook and line): Open year-round - No minimum size, 5 daily limit.

Prohibited Activities:

  • Mussels/Clams: Closed year-round.
  • Sturgeon, Spotted Gar, and other threatened and endangered species: Closed year-round.

Transportation of VHS-Susceptible Fish Out of the Lake Erie Watershed

An infectious fish disease known as Viral Hemorrhagic Septicemia (VHS) has been identified in the Great Lakes, affecting various fish species. The initial list of susceptible species includes Black Crappie, Bluegill, Brown Trout, and many others.

Regulations:

  • Transportation Restrictions:
    • It is unlawful to transport VHS-susceptible fish species out of the Lake Erie Watershed into other watersheds within the Commonwealth, except under specific conditions.
    • Using VHS-susceptible fish, parts, or eggs from the Lake Erie Watershed as fishbait in other Commonwealth waters is illegal unless certified as VHS-negative.
    • Dead recreationally caught fish can be transported out of the Lake Erie Watershed for human consumption purposes only.
    • As a conservation measure, anglers are advised not to transport live fish out of the Lake Erie Watershed to other watersheds due to disease and invasive species concerns.

Additional Information:

  • Fishing Tournaments:

    • Conducting or participating in bass fishing tournaments on Lake Erie or Presque Isle Bay is prohibited from the second Saturday in April until midnight the second Saturday in June.
  • Trout Fishing Restrictions:

    • Fishing or possessing trout in Lake Erie tributary streams is prohibited from 12:01 a.m. on March 31 until 8 a.m. on April 1 (32 hours total).
  • Adaptive Management:

    • The daily limits for trout and salmon species are subject to adaptive management, with updates available from PFBC offices and fishandboat.com.

Special Regulations for Lake Erie Tributary Streams

Nursery Waters Designation

  • Trout Run and its tributaries, along with Godfrey Run, Orchard Beach Run, and Crooked Creek (where posted), are designated as Nursery Waters.
  • It is prohibited to fish, wade, or possess fishing equipment while in or along Lake Erie tributary streams designated as Nursery Waters.

Prohibited Fishing Methods

  • Archery fishing or spear fishing is strictly prohibited in or along Lake Erie tributary streams.

Night Fishing Restrictions

  • From September 5 until the opening day of trout season in April, all Lake Erie tributary streams are closed to fishing from 10 p.m. until 5 a.m. on the following day.
  • Exceptions: Fishing is allowed during this period at Walnut Creek north of Manchester Bridge Road and Elk Creek north of Route 5.

Shoreline Fishing Restrictions

  • It is illegal to fish from 10 p.m. until 5 a.m. on the following day within 50 yards of the mouth of both Trout Run and Godfrey Run while fishing the Lake Erie shoreline.

Lake Erie Permit Requirements

Mandatory Permit

  • Anglers fishing in the waters of Lake Erie, Presque Isle Bay, and their tributaries, including waters flowing into those tributaries, must possess a valid Lake Erie permit or Combination Trout Lake Erie permit.

Designated Tributaries

  • The following main tributaries require a permit: Cascade Creek, Conneaut Creek, Crooked Creek, Eightmile Creek, Elk Creek, Fourmile Creek, Mill Creek, Raccoon Creek, Sevenmile Creek, Sixmile Creek, Sixteenmile Creek, Turkey Creek, Twelvemile Creek, Twentymile Creek, and Walnut Creek.
  • Additionally, a permit is necessary for all waters flowing into these main tributaries.

Exemptions

  • Anglers fishing the East and West Basin ponds (Waterworks Ponds, Presque Isle State Park) are exempt from requiring a Lake Erie Permit.
  • Similarly, anglers fishing inland ponds, lakes, and reservoirs in Erie County are not obligated to possess a Lake Erie Permit.

Crayfish Regulations

  • For all crayfish species, immediate removal of the head behind the eyes upon capture is mandatory, unless used as bait in the water from which taken.

Miscellaneous Waters Special Regulations

Beaver: Hopewell Township Park Lake

  • Bass: Minimum size of 15 inches, daily creel limit of 2.
  • Panfish: Daily creel limit of 10 combined species. Use of live fish for bait prohibited. Refer to Big Bass Program for NO-HARVEST dates.

Blair/Huntingdon/Juniata/Mifflin/Perry: Juniata River and Tributaries

  • Rock Bass: Daily creel limit of 10, open season year-round, no minimum size limit.

Butler: Glade Run Lake

  • All species except trout: Catch and release/no harvest. Unlawful to take, kill, or possess any fish except trout. All non-trout fish must be immediately returned unharmed.

Centre: Bald Eagle Creek

  • Trout (All Species): Inland regulations apply. Open year-round.
  • From June 15 through Labor Day: Daily creel limit for trout is 3 (combined species). Minimum size of 9 inches.
  • Day after Labor Day through June 14: No trout may be killed or possessed.

Centre: Foster Joseph Sayers Lake

  • Black and White Crappie: Daily creel limit of 10 (combined species), with no more than 5 exceeding 9 inches. Total panfish daily creel limit may not exceed 50 when other panfish species are in the creel.

Clarion: Beaver Creek Ponds

  • Closed to fishing from January 1 through opening day of bass season.
  • Bass: Minimum size of 15 inches, daily creel limit of 2 on entire project area.
  • Panfish: Creel limit of 10 per day combined species on entire area.

Columbia and Northumberland: South Branch of Roaring Creek

  • Catch and release/no harvest fishery for all species. Unlawful to take, kill, or possess any fish. All fish caught must be immediately returned unharmed.

Crawford: Paden Creek, Linesville Creek, and Shenango River

  • Nursery waters closed to all fishing from March 1 through May 1.
  • Waters involved: Paden Creek (Finley Creek), Linesville Creek, and Shenango River.

Crawford/Erie: Conneaut Creek

  • Lake Erie Tributary Regulations apply for entire stream in Crawford and Erie counties.

Erie: Lake Pleasant

  • Unlawful to use any fish, live or dead, as bait except for "salted minnows."
  • Unlawful to release any fish into Lake Pleasant except for those caught while fishing.

Huntingdon: Raystown Lake and Raystown Branch

  • Trout (All Species): No closed season. Daily creel limit of 5 per day during regular season; 3 per day from the day after Labor Day to 8 a.m. on the opening day of the next regular season, minimum size of 7 inches.

Huntingdon: Whipple Lake

  • All species except trout: Catch and release/no harvest. Unlawful to take, kill, or possess any fish except trout. All fish caught other than trout must be immediately returned unharmed.

Luzerne: Harveys Lake

  • Open year-round to fishing. Daily limit of 3 trout (combined species) from 8 a.m. on opening day of trout season through the last day in February. No trout may be killed or possessed from February 20 to the opening day of trout season.

Monroe/Northampton/Pike: Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area

  • Regulations: Prohibition on use of crayfish, clams, mussels, reptiles, or amphibians as fishbait.

Northampton: Minsi Lake

  • All species except trout: Catch and release/no harvest. Unlawful to take, kill, or possess any fish except trout. All fish caught other than trout must be immediately returned unharmed.

Somerset/Fayette/Westmoreland/Allegheny: Youghiogheny River

  • Trout: No closed season. Daily limit of 5 trout from opening day of trout season through Labor Day; 3 trout from the day after Labor Day through the opening day of trout season the following year.

Warren: Allegheny River

  • From opening day of regular trout season through Labor Day: Minimum size for trout is 14 inches, daily limit of 2 (combined species).
  • From day after Labor Day until opening day of trout season the following year: No trout may be killed or possessed.

Warren: Chapman Dam Reservoir

  • All species except trout: Catch and release/no harvest. Unlawful to take, kill, or possess any fish except trout. All fish caught other than trout must be immediately returned unharmed.

Wayne: West Branch Delaware River

  • Artificial Lures Only Season: Runs from October 16 until 8 a.m. on opening day of trout season. Fishing permitted with artificial lures or flies only.
  • Trout: Daily creel limit of zero (0) during artificial-lures-only season.

Westmoreland: Donegal Lake

  • All species except trout: Catch and release/no harvest. Unlawful to take, kill, or possess any fish except trout. All fish caught other than trout must be immediately returned unharmed.
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