If you are just passing through or living in Pennsylvania at this time, we suggest you go online and do a bit of research before deciding to go on an angling adventure. The state’s Fish & Boat commission has a rather comprehensive website that can let you know everything you need to be aware of with regard to the law, opening days, fish-for-free days, as well as special regulation areas, special activity permits, notices, and the broad array of charter boats and guides that can be found in Pennsylvania.
In case you have a specific preference regarding the species you want to target, the section on the best fishing waters in Pennsylvania can help you get started. Depending on your location or the fish you are after, you can target anything ranging from bluegill, common carp, and largemouth and smallmouth bass to trout, walleye, and catfish. In fact, one of the reasons that anglers should consider a visit to this state is that it is jam-packed with plenty of species that they can catch in an open season.
Since a license is required in order for you to tend to your activity comfortably, we are going to tell you some of the basics you need to get it. First off, it’s worth noting that all people above the age of 16 need a license, and youth under this age has to be accompanied by an adult. At the time that this article was written, there were only two fish-for-free days, meaning May 28 and July 4. These dates vary from year to year, so do take the time to check out the official website where all info pertaining to the regulations is available.
You can purchase a license either online on the website that we have mentioned above, or go to a license issuing agent, a Fish & Boat Commission office, or a County Treasurer office.
As for the cost of such licenses, it varies greatly depending on the fisherman or woman. For example, if you are a Pennsylvania resident and want to get an annual license, you’ll pay under twenty-five dollars. If you’re a senior resident, you’ll have to pay just half of this. Permits are also available for tourists, and their cost varies depending on the stay of the angler in the state. While a permit available for seven days can cost just under forty, one that will allow you to fish for three days costs under thirty.
You can even purchase licenses that last for several years and even a decade. Of course, the cost of such a permit for a non-resident can be rather restrictive as it can be as expensive as five hundred or more. All of these expenses vary from season to season and should be checked online.
There are also regulations per species that you should get accustomed to before deciding to go fish in Pennsylvania. This practice can help you stay out of trouble. Some other laws deal with to boating, boundary waters, fishing with children and disabled individuals, as well as the types of permits you might need for salmon, trout, or boat fishing.
As with any other state, in Pennsylvania, you have to protect the environment, which is why you need to clean after yourself once you have wrapped up your fishing trip. You are not allowed to cut or damage any shrubs or trees or build or tend an open fire without legal permission. You may not run any sort of vehicle into a stream, river, or any water. Keep in mind that most of the money coming from license sales is used to protect the environment and some of it is destined for research and conservation so that you, as an angler, can fish for as many as years as possible.