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2014 Pennsylvania Trout Season Guide

After the long, cold winter anglers around the state are eagerly awaiting the arrival of spring and the chance to catch that first trout of the new season. For most of the state the opening day of trout falls on April 12. Interesting fact, the PA Fish and Boat Commission designates the first Saturday after April 11 as the opener each year. So, this is the absolute earliest opening day possible.

wading for trout
wading for trout
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If your preferred trout waters fall in one of the following counties in the southeast portion of the state (Adams, Berks, Bucks, Chester, Cumberland, Dauphin, Delaware, Franklin, Juniata, Lancaster, Lebanon, Lehigh, Montgomery, Northampton, Perry, Philadelphia, Schuylkill and York counties) opening day for Trout season arrives even soon: March 29, 2014.

Courtesy of the PA Fish and Boat Commission here are some relevant details about creel limits, trout stamps and newly available multi-year fishing license options.

Fishing Hours: 24 hours a day, after the 8 a.m. opener

Creel limits:

  • Regular season (opening day thru Labor Day)
    5 (combined species)
  • Extended season (Jan. 1-Feb. 28) & (day after Labor Day-Dec. 31)
    3 (combined species)

Fishing Licenses:

  • In addition to a fishing license, trout anglers 16 and older must possess a Trout (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 – 2014 licenses and permits are valid December 1, 2013 through December 31, 2014 (except 1, 3 and 7-day licenses) and are available Dec. 1, 2013 at issuing agents statewide and online through The Outdoor Shop.
  • Multi-Year Licenses – 3-Year and 5-Year licenses. Visit The Outdoor Shop to purchase. Convenience—Savings—Rewards with each purchase.

(Source: PA Fish and Boat Commission; www.fish.state.pa.us/fact_fast_trout.htm )