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What you need to know about PA trout season: Fishing license costs, dates, more

Dan Peiper of Carlisle dumps a bucket of rainbow trout into the waters of Yellow Breeches Creek. The Fish and Boat Commission stocks trout at Yellow Breeches Creek in Cumberland County. March 28, 2024. Dan Gleiter | dgleiter@pennlive.com
Dan Peiper of Carlisle dumps a bucket of rainbow trout into the waters of Yellow Breeches Creek. The Fish and Boat Commission stocks trout at Yellow Breeches Creek in Cumberland County. March 28, 2024. Dan Gleiter | dgleiter@pennlive.com
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By Sean Adams / pennlive.com (TNS)

If you are looking for info on how to go after those waiting brown trout, brook trout, rainbow and golden rainbow trout, we’ve got some helpful info to get you moving in the right direction.

Trout season opening and important dates:

Trout season begins 8 a.m. April 6, with a creel limit of five trout that are are least seven inches. Starting Sept. 3, extended trout season begins, but with a creel limit of three.

Fishing licenses are not required for anglers May 26 or July 4 in public waters in Pennsylvania, but all other regulations apply.

Also, anglers should take note between Nov. 1 through April 30 that a mandatory life jacket requirement is in effect for boats, canoes, kayaks and paddleboards under 16 feet long.

Fishing licenses and permits:

To fish this season, everyone 16 years and older must have a valid Pennsylvania fishing license.

A resident fishing license will cost you $27.97 — an increase of $2.50 from last year. A fishing license can be purchased through the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission website in the HuntFishPA online portal, or using the FishBoatPA mobile app. They can also be purchased through one of the retail license issuing agents at sports shops or county treasurer’s offices.

There are also voluntary permits for bass, musky, wild trout/enhanced waters, and habitat/waterways conservation. While they are not required, they raise funds for their respective programs. A trout permit will set you back another $14.97.

New this year:

There are a few updates to be aware of this year, both for new anglers and returning veterans.

Several waterways have been added or removed to stocking program.

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For a complete list of rules and regulations:

Check out the for a more detailed look at the regulations and changes in other regions across the state.

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