Trout Season 2016 Opens this Saturday

Trout season all over the state is opening up this Saturday, April 16th. Before heading out here are some facts and tips to help get you started.

TIME: 8 a.m.

MINIMUM SIZE: Seven (7) inches

FISHING HOURS: 24 hours a day, after the 8 a.m. opener


  • Regular season (opening day thru Labor Day)
    5 (combined species)
  • Extended season (Jan. 1-Feb. 29) & (day after Labor Day-Dec. 31)
    3 (combined species)

Creel limits apply to the majority of trout fishing waters (inland waters). Other rules apply forSpecial Regulation Areas. Anglers should consult the Summary of PA Fishing Laws and Regulations, distributed free with their licenses, for more details.

FISHING LICENSES (print-friendly pricing poster):

  • In addition to a fishing license, trout anglers 16 and older must posses a Trout/Salmon Permit (or Combination Trout-Salmon/Lake Erie Permit) to fish for trout.
  • A Lake Erie Permit (or Combination Trout-Salmon/Lake Erie Permit) is also needed to fish for trout, salmon and steelhead in Lake Erie and its tributaries.
  • Licenses must be signed in ink and displayed on an outer garment. Anglers must also be able to provide positive proof of identification (other than the fishing license) upon request of a Waterways Conservation Officer.
  • License Fees – 2016 licenses and permits are valid December 1, 2015 through December 31, 2016 (except 1, 3 and 7-day licenses) and are available Dec. 1, 2015 atissuing agents statewide and online through the The Outdoor Shop.
  • Multi-Year Licenses – 3-Year and 5-Year licenses. Visit The Outdoor Shop to purchase. Convenience—Savings—Rewards with each purchase.

For more information visit the Pennsylvania Fish & Game Commission