Pennsylvania – Fishers statewide are now able to catch trout in their favorite spots across Pennsylvania. The traditional Statewide Opening Day of trout season was April 13.

Please remember, any fishers age 16 and older must have a trout/salmon permit in addition to their general fishing license.

This year, some counties in the eastern part of PA were able to fish for trout earlier, with an opening date of March 30.

Since late February, the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission (PFBC) has been busy stocking waterways with a fresh supply of brook, brown and rainbow trout. And with approximately 3.2 million adult trout stocked in lakes and creeks, along with more than 10,000 miles of wild trout waters, anglers will have plenty of opportunities to catch a stocked or wild trout!

For more information, visit the PA Fish and Boat Commission webpage on trout season or their Facebook page event.


According to the PA Fish and Boat Commission website:



Saturday, March 30, 2019
(PFBC Facebook Events page Opens In A New Window)


Saturday, April 13, 2019
(PFBC Facebook Events page Opens In A New Window)

(How these dates are determined)

Regional Opening Day Counties
All waters in Adams, Berks, Bucks, Chester, Cumberland, Dauphin, Delaware, Franklin, Juniata, Lancaster, Lebanon, Lehigh, Montgomery, Northampton, Perry, Philadelphia, Schuylkill and York counties (County Guide).

Streams on county borders that are part of Regional Opening Day:

  • Mahantango Creek, between Northumberland and Dauphin counties. This is the ONLY stream in Northumberland County opening on the earlier date.
  • West Branch Mahantango Creek, between Snyder and Juniata counties. This is the ONLY stream in Snyder County opening on the earlier date.
  • Two streams in Carbon County — Lizard Creek and Mahoning Creek.

TIME: 8 a.m.
MINIMUM SIZE: Seven (7) inches
FISHING HOURS: 24 hours a day, after the 8 a.m. opener

Regular season (opening day thru Labor Day)

    • 5 (combined species)

Extended season (Jan. 1-Feb. 28/29) & (day after Labor Day-Dec. 31)

    • 3 (combined species)

Creel limits apply to the majority of trout fishing waters. Other rules apply for Special Regulation Areas. Anglers should consult the Summary of PA Fishing Laws and Regulations for more details.


License Categories and Pricing

    • In addition to a fishing license, trout anglers 16 and older must posses a Trout/Salmon Permit (or Combination Trout-Salmon/Lake Erie Permit) to fish for trout.
    • A Lake Erie Permit (or Combination Trout-Salmon/Lake Erie Permit) is also needed to fish for trout, salmon and steelhead in Lake Erie and its tributaries.
    • Licenses must be signed in ink and displayed on an outer garment. Anglers must also be able to provide positive proof of identification (other than the fishing license) upon request of a Waterways Conservation Officer.
    • License Fees – 2019 licenses and permits are valid December 1, 2018 through December 31, 2019 (except 1, 3 and 7-day licenses) and are available beginning Dec. 1, 2018 at issuing agents statewide and online through the The Outdoor Shop.
    • Multi-Year Licenses – 3-Year, 5-Year and 10-Year licenses. Visit The Outdoor Shop to purchase. Convenience—Savings—Rewards with each purchase.

Visit our fishing license Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) page to find out more about fishing licenses.