The Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission will start selling 2020 fishing licenses Dec. 1.

All fishing licenses and related permits are valid for up to 13 months - from Dec. 2019 through Dec. 31, 2020.

Licenses and permits can be purchased at, at more than 700 issuing agents, county treasurers’ offices and at all PFBC regional offices.

In addition to licenses and permits, customers can purchase vouchers that can be given as gifts and be redeemed by recipients.

The price of an annual resident fishing license is still $22.90. Multi-year options are also available in 3, 5 and 10 year increments. The most popular add-ons, a trout-salmon permit and a Lake Erie permit, cost $9.90 each, or $15.90 for a combination permit.

Anglers who visit a license issuing agent in-person can receive the fishing summary book free of charge. The book outlines current fishing regulations and laws, seasons and creel limits, and safety information.

The Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission is a user-funded agency. It operates primarily on funds generated through the sale of fishing licenses, boating registrations and associated fees. The PFBC receives no Pennsylvania General Fund tax revenue.

Important 2020 Fishing Dates

December 1, 2019 – 2020 Fishing Licenses On Sale

March 28 -- Regional Mentored Youth Trout Day (18 southeastern counties)

April 4 – Regional Opening Day of Trout Season

April 11 – Statewide Mentored Youth Trout Day

April 18 – Statewide Opening Day of Trout Season

November 1, 2019 through April 30, 2020 – Mandatory Life Jacket Requirement in Effect