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The Fish and Boat Commission is the state agency with authority to adopt rules and regulations regarding fishing and boating. Before a regulation becomes final, the Commission must first publish a notice of proposed rulemaking in the Pennsylvania Bulletin seeking comments, objections or suggestions from the public. Comments are accepted for at least 30 days. After the public comment period, the Commission considers the proposed amendment "on final rulemaking." If adopted on final rulemaking, the amendment becomes effective on the date of publication in the Pennsylvania Bulletin or other date specified by the Commission.

The Commission also publishes notices regarding issues, such as access closures, exclusive use areas and proposed special regulation designations. The Commission may or may not seek comments regarding these issues. Check individual notices for more information.

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RULEMAKINGS
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#259 Subject: Boating in special regulation areas...view notice
Public Comment Period: September 20 through October 20, 2014
Final Rulemaking: Pending
Effective Date: Pending
 
#258 Subject: Navigation lights on boats, paddleboards, hydro flying devices, Packer’s Island...view notice
Public Comment Period: July 12 through August 11, 2014
Final Rulemaking: Pending
Effective Date: Pending
 
#257 Subject: License display, senior resident trout/salmon permits...view notice
Public Comment Period: March 22 through April 21, 2014
Final Rulemaking: Adopted...view final
Effective Date: September 20, 2014
 
#256 Subject: Crayfish regulations...view notice
Public Comment Period: February 15 through April 16, 2014
Final Rulemaking: Adopted...view final
Effective Date: January 1, 2015
 
#255 Subject: Class A stocking policy...view notice....view list of waters
Public Comment Period: December 7, 2013 – March 7, 2014
Final Rulemaking: Pending
Effective Date: Pending
 
#254 Subject: American eel fishing regulations...view notice
Public Comment Period: December 7, 2013 – January 6, 2014
Final Rulemaking: Adopted...view final
Effective Date: August 9, 2014
 
#253 Subject: Class A wild trout streams – stocking and harvest...view notice
Public Comment Period: December 7, 2013 – March 7, 2014
Final Rulemaking: Adopted...view final
Effective Date: January 1, 2015
 
#252 Subject: Mentored Youth Fishing Days...view notice
Public Comment Period: December 7, 2013 – January 6, 2014
Final Rulemaking: Adopted...view final
Effective Date: March 22, 2014
 
#251 Subject: Class A fishing regulations...view notice
Public Comment Period: September 14 through October 14, 2013
Final Rulemaking: Adopted...view final
Effective Date: March 22, 2014
 
#250 Subject: Resident licenses...view notice
Public Comment Period: September 14 through October 14, 2013
Final Rulemaking: Adopted...view final
Effective Date: March 22, 2014
 
#249 Subject: Fishing regulations-number of hooks...view notice
Public Comment Period: September 14 through October 14, 2013
Final Rulemaking: Adopted...view final
Effective Date: March 22, 2014
 
#248 Subject: Lake Erie tributary fishing regulations...view notice
Public Comment Period: September 14 through October 14, 2013
Final Rulemaking: Adopted...view final
Effective Date: March 22, 2014
 
#247 Subject: Boating Regulations...view notice
Public Comment Period: September 14 through October 14, 2013
Final Rulemaking: Adopted...view final
Effective Date: April 1, 2014
 
#245 Subject: Eastern Spadefoot Toad...view notice
Public Comment Period: June 15 through July 15, 2013
Final Rulemaking: Adopted....view final
Effective Date: December 7, 2013
 
#244 Subject: Tautog size limit; replacement costs for fish and herptiles...view notice
Public Comment Period: June 15 through July 15, 2013
Final Rulemaking: Adopted....view final
Effective Date: January 11, 2014
 
#243 Subject: American shad creel limits on Delaware River ...view notice
Public Comment Period: June 15 through July 15, 2013
Final Rulemaking: Adopted....view final
Effective Date: January 1, 2014
 
#242 Subject: Commission property regulations; boating accident investigations and regulations...view notice
Public Comment Period: June 15 through July 15, 2013
Final Rulemaking: Adopted....view final
Effective Date: January 1, 2014
 
#241 Subject: Miscellaneous special fishing regulations - Shenango and Youghiogheny rivers ...view notice
Public Comment Period: April 13 through May 13, 2013
Final Rulemaking: Adopted...view final
Effective Date: September 14, 2013
 
#240 Subject: Penns Creek fishing regulations...view notice
Public Comment Period: April 13 through May 13, 2013
Final Rulemaking: Adopted...view final
Effective Date: January 1, 2014
 
#239 Subject: Proposed Removal of Early Season Trout Stocked Waters Program...view notice
Public Comment Period: December 22, 2012 through January 21, 2013
Final Rulemaking: Adopted...view final
Effective Date: June 15, 2013
 
#238 Subject: Protection of endangered and threatened species and their habitat...view notice
Public Comment Period: January 5 through March 5, 2013
Final Rulemaking: Adopted...view final
Effective Date: January 1, 2014
 
#237 Subject: Special fishing regulation areas, Eastern Mud Turtles, Round Hickorynut, Pistolgrip, Rayed Bean, Chesapeake Logperch, American Brook Lampreys...view notice
Public Comment Period: June 16 through July 16, 2012
Final Rulemaking: Adopted...view final
Effective Date: Changes to §§65.5, 65.6 and 65.14 (relating to catch and release areas; delayed harvest artificial lures only areas; and catch and release fly-fishing only areas) go into effect on January 1, 2013. Changes to §§75.1, 75.2 and 75.3 (relating to endangered species; threatened species; and candidate species) goes into effect upon publication in the Bulletin, which will occur on December 22
 
#236 Subject: Regulations for temporary registration certificates, capacity plates, wake surfing...view notice
Public Comment Period: June 16 through July 16, 2012
Final Rulemaking: Adopted...view final
Effective Date: January 1, 2013
 
#235 Subject: Passenger for hire vessels...view notice
Public Comment Period: July 14 through August 13, 2012
Final Rulemaking: Adopted...view final
Effective Date: January 1, 2013
 
#234 Subject: American shad regulations on Lehigh and Schuylkill rivers...view notice
Public Comment Period: April 7 through May 7, 2012
Final Rulemaking: Adopted...view final
Effective Date: January 1, 2013
NOTICES
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11.17.14 Notice: Alcohol Prohibitions–Commission-controlled propertiesNew...view notice
Effective Date: January 1, 2015
 
11.7.14 Notice: Proposed Changes to List of Class A Wild Trout WatersNew...view notice
Public Comment Period: November 15 through December 15, 2014
Comment on this Notice
Effective Date: Pending
 
11.7.14 Notice: Correction - Classification of Wild Trout Streams - Rodges Run, Bucks CountyNew...view notice
Effective Date: Immediately
 
10.15.14 Notice: Proposed Special Regulation Re-designation Pine Creek, Lycoming CountyNew...view notice
Public Comment Period: October 25 through December 24, 2014
Comment on this Notice
Effective Date: Pending
 
8.21.14 Notice: Temporary Changes to Fishing Regulations – Lake Jean...view notice
Effective Date: Immediately
 
7.28.14 Notice: Special Regulation Designation...view notice
Effective Date: January 1, 2015
 
7.28.14 Notice: Exclusive Use Fishing Areas...view notice
Effective Date: January 1, 2015 for Ross Run. Immediately for Pymatuning Pond.
 
7.22.14 Notice: Mentored Youth Fishing Day Program – Panfish...view notice
Effective Date: Immediately
 
7.16.14 Notice: Proposed Changes to List of Class A Wild Trout Waters...view notice
Public Comment Period: July 26 through August 25, 2014
Final Rulemaking: Adopted....view final
Effective Date: October 25, 2014
 
7.16.14 Notice: Classification of Wild Trout Streams...view notice
Public Comment Period: July 26 through August 25, 2014
Final Rulemaking: Adopted....view final
Effective Date: October 25, 2014
 
6.2.14 Notice: Approved Courses of Instruction in Boating Safety Education...view notice
Effective Date: July 1, 2014
 
5.27.14 Notice: Pine Creek Delayed Harvest Artificial Lures Only Area, Approved Trout Waters Open to Year-Round Fishing...view notice
Public Comment Period: June 7 through July 6, 2014
Final Rulemaking: Pending
Effective Date: Pending
 
4.2.14 Notice: Lake Erie Commercial Fishing – 2014...view notice
Effective Date: Immediately
 
4.2.14 Notice: Lake Erie Creel Limits for Walleye and Yellow Perch...view notice
Effective Date: May 1, 2014
 
4.1.14 Notice: Mentored Youth Fishing Day Program...view notice
Effective Date: April 12, 2014
 
2.19.14 Notice: Proposed Changes to List of Class A Wild Trout Waters...view notice
Public Comment Period: March 1 through March 31, 2014
Final Rulemaking: Adopted...view final
Effective Date: May 24, 2014
 
2.19.14 Notice: Classification of Wild Trout Streams – Proposed Additions, Adjustments and Removals...view notice
Public Comment Period: March 1 through March 31, 2014
Final Rulemaking: Adopted...view final
Effective Date: May 24, 2014
 
2.5.14 Notice: Boat and Marine Forfeiture; Maximum Amount...view notice
Effective Date: Immediately
 
1.29.14 Notice: Mentored Youth Fishing Day Program...view notice
Effective Date: Immediately
 
12.12.13 Notice: Display of License Button...view notice
Effective Date: January 1, 2014
 
12.12.13 Notice: Mentored Youth Fishing Day Program...view notice
Effective Date: January 1, 2014
 
11.25.13 Notice: Designations and Re-Designations of Waters Subject to Special Fishing Regulations...view notice
Effective Date: January 1, 2014
 
11.25.13 Notice: Temporary Changes to Fishing Regulations – American Eels...view notice
Effective Date: January 1, 2014
 
8.13.13 Notice: Temporary Changes to Fishing Regulations Lake Nessmuk
Final Rulemaking: Adopted...view final
Effective Date: Immediately upon posting at the site
 
7.18.13 Notice: Proposed Changes to List of Class A Wild Trout Waters ...view notice.
Public Comment Period: July 27 through August 26, 2013
Final Rulemaking: Adopted...view final
Effective Date: October 26, 2013
 
7.18.13 Notice: Wild Trout Streams - Proposed Additions ...view notice.
Public Comment Period: July 27 through August 26, 2013
Final Rulemaking: Adopted...view final
Effective Date: October 26, 2013
 
5.1.13 Notice: Proposed Changes to List of Class A Wild Trout Waters....view notice
Public Comment Period: May 11 through June 10, 2013
Final Rulemaking: Adopted...view final
Effective Date: August 10, 2013
 
5.1.13 Notice: Classification of Wild Trout Streams....view notice
Public Comment Period: May 11 through June 10, 2013
Final Rulemaking: Adopted...view final
Effective Date: August 10, 2013
 
4.5.13 Notice: 2013 Lake Erie Creel Limits for Walleye and Yellow Perch
Final Rulemaking: Adopted....view final
Effective Date: May 1, 2013
 
4.5.13 Notice: Lake Erie total allowable commercial catch for walleye and yellow perch
Final Rulemaking: Adopted....view final
Effective Date: Immediately
 
2.22.13 Notice: Proposed Special Regulation Designations and Re-designations....view notice
Public Comment Period: March 9 through April 8, 2013
Final Rulemaking: Pending
Effective Date: Pending
 
2.6.13 Notice: Proposed Changes to List of Class A Wild Trout Waters....view notice
Public Comment Period: February 16 through March 18, 2013
Final Rulemaking: Adopted....view final
Effective Date: May 4, 2013
 
2.6.13 Notice: Classification of Wild Trout Streams Proposed Additions to List....view notice
Public Comment Period: February 16 through March 18, 2013
Final Rulemaking: Adopted....view final
Effective Date: May 4, 2013
 
1.29.13 Notice: Correction Notice of Designation of Waters Subject to Special Fishing Regulations
Final Rulemaking: Adopted...view final.
Effective Date: Immediately
 
12.21.12 Notice: Qualified Endangered and Threatened Species – Surveyor Requirements...view notice.
Public Comment Period: January 5 through March 5, 2013
Final Rulemaking: Adopted...view notice
Effective Date: January 1, 2014
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