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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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#271 Subject: Foster Joseph Sayers Lake Crappie Regulations...view notice
Public Comment Period: May 21 through June 20, 2016
Final Rulemaking: AdoptedNew...view final
Effective Date: January 1, 2017
 
#270 Subject: Boating Regulation Changes...view notice
Public Comment Period: May 21 through June 20, 2016
Final Rulemaking: Pending
Effective Date: Pending
 
#269 Subject: Special Fishing Regulations – Opossum and Leaser Lakes...view notice
Public Comment Period: November 21 – December 21, 2015
Final Rulemaking: Adopted...view final
Effective Date: June 19, 2016
 
#268 Subject: Boating Regulations...view notice
Public Comment Period: November 21 – December 21, 2015
Final Rulemaking: Adopted...view final
Effective Date: March 26, 2016
 
#267 Subject: Endangered and Threatened Species...view notice
Public Comment Period: November 21 – December 21, 2015
Final Rulemaking: Pending
Effective Date: Pending
 
#266 Subject: Striped Bass in the Delaware River...view notice
Public Comment Period: July 18 through August 17, 2015
Final Rulemaking: Adopted...view final
Effective Date: January 1, 2016
 
#265 Subject: Boating regulations...view notice
Public Comment Period: July 18 through August 17, 2015
Final Rulemaking: Adopted...view final
Effective Date: January 1, 2016
 
#264 Subject: Simplification and consolidation of regulations...view notice
Public Comment Period: April 4 through June 3, 2015
Final Rulemaking: Adopted...view final
Effective Date: January 1, 2016 except for the amendments pertaining to Opossum Lake and Leaser Lake, which will go into effect on June 18, 2016
 
#263 Subject: Delayed Harvest Artificial Lures Only (DHALO) Program...view notice
Public Comment Period: N/A
Final Rulemaking: Proposal withdrawn....view final
 
#262 Subject: Administrative changes
Final Rulemaking: Adopted....view final
Effective Date: April 4, 2015
 
#261 Subject: Threatened and endangered species regulations...view notice
Public Comment Period: December 20, 2014 – January 19, 2015
Final Rulemaking: Adopted....view final
Effective Date: July 18, 2015
 
#260 Subject: Lake Perez fishing...view notice
Public Comment Period: December 20, 2014 – January 19, 2015
Final Rulemaking: Adopted....view final
Effective Date: July 18, 2015
 
#259 Subject: Boating in special regulation areas...view notice
Public Comment Period: September 20 through October 20, 2014
Final Rulemaking: Adopted...view final
Effective Date: March 14, 2015
 
#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: Adopted....view final
Effective Date: January 1, 2015
 
#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: Adopted....view final
Effective Date: January 1, 2015
 
#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
NOTICES
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8.12.16 Notice: Proposed Special Regulation Designations and Re-designations - September 2016New...view notice
Public Comment Period: August 20 – September 19, 2016
Comment on this Notice
Final Rulemaking: Pending
Effective Date: Pending
 
8.9.16 Notice: Mentored Youth Fishing Day Program – Panfish
Final Rulemaking: AdoptedNew...view final
Effective Date: Immediately
 
7.12.16 Notice: Proposed Additions to List of Class A Wild Trout Waters - September 2016New...view notice
Public Comment Period: July 23 to August 22, 2016
Comment on this Notice
Final Rulemaking: Pending
Effective Date: Pending
 
7.12.16 Notice: Classification of Wild Trout Streams - Proposed Additions and Revisions - September 2016New...view notice
Public Comment Period: July 23 to August 22, 2016
Comment on this Notice
Final Rulemaking: Pending
Effective Date: Pending
 
7.12.16 Notice: Closure - Muncy Access Area, West Branch Susquehanna River...view notice
Effective Date: Upon posting at the site
 
6.29.16 Notice: Approved Courses of Instruction in Boating Safety Education...view notice
Effective Date: July 1, 2016
 
4.26.16 Notice: Proposed Additions to List of Class A Wild Trout Waters - July 2016...view notice
Public Comment Period: May 7 through June 6, 2016
Final Rulemaking: Adopted...view final
Effective Date: July 23, 2016
 
4.26.16 Notice: Classification of Wild Trout Streams - Proposed Additions and Revisions - July 2016...view notice
Public Comment Period: May 7 through June 6, 2016
Final Rulemaking: Adopted...view final
Effective Date: July 23, 2016
 
4.5.16 Notice: Lake Erie Creel Limits for Walleye and Yellow Perch 2016
Final Rulemaking: Adopted...view final
Effective Date: Immediately
 
4.5.16 Notice: Lake Erie Commercial Fishing – 2016
Final Rulemaking: Adopted...view final
Effective Date: Immediately
 
4.5.16 Notice: Temporary Changes to Fishing Regulations - White Oak Pond & Miller Pond, Wayne County
Final Rulemaking: Adopted...view final
Effective Date: Immediately
 
3.9.16 Notice: Mentored Youth Fishing Day Program Trout – 2016
Final Rulemaking: Adopted...view final
Effective Date: March 19, 2016
 
2.4.16 Notice: Boat and Marine Forfeiture; Maximum Amount
Final Rulemaking: Adopted...view final
Effective Date: Immediately
 
1.14.16 Notice: Classification of Wild Trout Streams Proposed Additions and Revisions – March 2016...view notice
Public Comment Period: January 23 through February 22, 2016
Final Rulemaking: Adopted...view final
Effective Date: April 16, 2016
 
1.14.16 Notice: Proposed Additions to List of Class A Wild Trout Waters – March 2016...view notice
Public Comment Period: January 23 through February 22, 2016
Final Rulemaking: Adopted...view final
Effective Date: April 16, 2016
 
12.2.15 Notice: Proposed Special Regulation Designations...view notice
Public Comment Period: December 12, 2015 through January 11, 2016
Final Rulemaking: Adopted...view final
Effective Date: February 13, 2016
 
11.10.15 Notice: Proposed Changes to List of Class A Wild Trout Waters - January 2016...view notice
Public Comment Period: November 14 through December 14, 2015
Final Rulemaking: Adopted...view final
Effective Date: February 13, 2016
 
11.10.15 Notice: Classification of Wild Trout Streams - Proposed Additions, Revisions and Removals - January 2016...view notice
Public Comment Period: November 14 through December 14, 2015
Final Rulemaking: Adopted...view final
Effective Date: February 13, 2016
 
10.14.15 Notice: Temporary Changes to Fishing Regulations - White Oak Pond, Wayne County; Miller Pond, Wayne County...view notice
Effective Date: October 14, 2015
 
9.30.15 Notice: Mentored Youth Fishing Day Program - Trout...view notice
Effective Date: Immediately
 
9.1.15 Notice: Mentored Youth Fishing Day Program - Panfish and Trout...view notice
Effective Date: September 7, 2015
 
8.11.15 Notice: Proposed Special Regulation Designations - Catch and Release Lakes Program...view notice
Public Comment Period: August 22 – September 22, 2015
Final Rulemaking: Adopted...view final
Effective Date: January 1, 2016
 
7.7.15 Notice: Proposed Changes to List of Class A Wild Trout Waters...view notice
Public Comment Period: July 18 through August 17, 2015
Final Rulemaking: Adopted...view final
Effective Date: October 24, 2015
 
7.7.15 Notice: Classification of Wild Trout Streams - Proposed Additions and Revisions to List...view notice
Public Comment Period: July 18 through August 17, 2015
Final Rulemaking: Adopted...view final
Effective Date: October 24, 2015
 
4.21.15 Notice: Proposed Changes to List of Class A Wild Trout Waters...view notice
Public Comment Period: May 2 through June 1, 2015
Final Rulemaking: Adopted...view final
Effective Date: August 1, 2015
 
4.21.15 Notice: Classification of Wild Trout Streams - Proposed Additions and Revisions to List...view notice
Public Comment Period: May 2 through June 1, 2015
Final Rulemaking: Adopted...view final
Effective Date: August 1, 2015
 
4.9.15 Notice: Lake Erie Creel Limits for Walleye and Yellow Perch 2015...view notice
Effective Date: May 1, 2015
 
4.9.15 Notice: Lake Erie Commercial Fishing – 2015...view notice
Effective Date: Immediately
 
4.1.15 Notice: Mentored Youth Fishing Day Program – Trout Additional Waters...view notice
Effective Date: Immediately
 
3.9.15 Notice: Classification of Wild Trout Streams – Proposed Additions...view notice
Public Comment Period: February 28 through March 30, 2015
Final Rulemaking: Adopted...view final
Effective Date: May 23, 2015
 
2.12.15 Notice: Proposed Changes to List of Class A Wild Trout Waters...view notice
Public Comment Period: February 28 through March 30, 2015
Final Rulemaking: Adopted...view final
Effective Date: May 23, 2015
 
2.12.15 Notice: Boat and Marine Forfeiture; Maximum Amount...view notice
Effective Date: Immediately
 
2.9.15 Notice: Temporary Changes to Fishing Regulations - Delaware River Striped Bass
Final Rulemaking: Approved...view final
Effective Date: March 1, 2015
 
2.5.15 Notice: Removal of Exclusive Use Fishing Area - Deep Creek
Final Rulemaking: Approved...view final
Effective Date: February 14, 2015
 
2.2.15 Notice: Mentored Youth Fishing Day Program – Trout...view notice
Effective Date: February 14, 2015
 
11.17.14 Notice: Alcohol Prohibitions–Commission-controlled properties...view notice
Effective Date: January 1, 2015
 
11.7.14 Notice: Proposed Changes to List of Class A Wild Trout Waters...view notice
Public Comment Period: November 15 through December 15, 2014
Final Rulemaking: Approved...view final
Effective Date: February 14, 2015
 
10.15.14 Notice: Proposed Special Regulation Re-designation Pine Creek, Lycoming County...view notice
Public Comment Period: October 25 through December 24, 2014
Final Rulemaking: Approved...view final
Effective Date: February 14, 2015
 
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.
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