|Seasons, sizes and creel limits – Except for trout season, which begins at 8 a.m., all regulatory periods in the fishing regulations are based on the calendar day, one of which ends at midnight and the next of which begins immediately thereafter.
* Includes only those waters in 18 southeastern PA counties and two waters crossing from those counties listed in the Regional Opening Day of Trout Season Program.
** Except those species in waters listed in the Brood Stock Lakes Program. Tiger muskellunge is a muskellunge hybrid.
*** Unlawful to take, catch or kill American shad, hickory shad (endangered species), river herring (alewife and blueback herring) in the Susquehanna River and all its tributaries. River herring also has a closed year-round season with zero daily limit applied to Lehigh River and tributaries, Schuylkill River and tributaries, West Branch Delaware River, Delaware River, Delaware estuary, Delaware River tributaries upstream to the limit of the tidal influence, and Conowingo Reservoir.
**** Lehigh River upstream of the first dam in Easton, Pennsylvania and its tributaries and the Schuylkill River upstream of the I-95 Bridge and its tributaries..
***** BAITFISH includes all forms of minnows; suckers, chubs, fallfish, lampreys; gizzard shad 8 inches or less; and all forms of darters, killifishes and stonecats (except those listed as threatened or endangered species). Legally taken gamefish may be used as bait. It is unlawful to use or possess goldfish, comets, koi and common carp as baitfish while fishing. FISHBAIT includes crayfish, crabs, and the nymphs, larvae and pupae of all insects spending any part of their life cycle in the water.
NOTE: It is not a violation of the bass regulations if a bass is immediately returned unharmed to the waters from which it was taken. It is unlawful for an angler to cast repeatedly into a clearly visible bass spawning nest or redd in an effort to catch or take bass.
NOTE: For bass regulations, power dam pools and recreational dam pools on the Susquehanna River
and navigational dam pools on the Ohio River drainage are "rivers." It is unlawful to conduct a fishing
tournament on the North Branch, West Branch or main stem of the Susquehanna River that allows tournament
anglers to harvest bass.
NOTE: Approved trout waters are closed to fishing from March 1 to the opening day of the regular
trout season in April, unless included in the Regional Opening Day of Trout Season
Program or Approved Trout Waters Open to Year-Round Fishing Program.
NOTE: Landlocked alewife less than 8 inches in length taken from inland ponds, lakes or reservoirs
that are collected by legal means may be harvested for use as baitfish.