|Many streams, lakes, ponds and reservoirs are officially classified as “approved
trout waters” (PFBC GIS
data at PASDA). This means that these waters contain significant portions that are open to public fishing and
are stocked with trout. These waters are open to trout harvest during the “extended season” (see
Commonwealth Inland Waters). Unlisted tributary streams (those not included in this list of “approved trout
waters”) are not open to harvest of trout during the “extended season.” Only approved trout waters
and all waters downstream of approved trout waters are open during this period. Spearing fish is not permitted
in any of these waters at any time of the year.
These waters are closed to all fishing (including taking of minnows) from March 1 to 8 a.m. on the opening day of the trout season. A person shall be deemed to be fishing if he or she has in possession any fishing line, rod or other device that can be used for fishing while on or in any water or on the banks within 25 feet of any water where fishing is prohibited.
Check with the nearest Fish & Boat Commission office if there is any question about whether or not a water area is “approved.”