|The Fish and Boat Commission takes the offense of fishing without a license (also
known as poaching) very seriously.
The base fine for fishing without a license is currently (2008) set at $50. An amount equal to
two times the cost of the required license and permit is added to the base fine.
A violator also may be sentenced to pay an additional fine of $20 per fish taken illegally.
Fishing without a license is the single most prosecuted fishing offense under the Fish and Boat Code.
Poaching fish from Pennsylvania waters is a little like shoplifting: Poachers are prosecuted. The simple message
is this: If you want to enjoy all the wonders of fishing in the waters of the Commonwealth, buy a fishing license.
The cost is modest; the benefits are great. If you fish without a license, you will face penalties that far exceed
the modest cost of a fishing license.
You Poach...You Pay!!