State Fishing Licenses Available For Purchase

HARRISBURG PA – Fishing licenses for 2019 are now available for purchase, according to the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission.

Licenses purchased now are valid for up to 13 months, from December 2018 through December 31, 2019. Licenses and related permits can be obtained online at, as well as at more than 700 issuing agents, county treasurers’ offices, and all commission regional offices.

The price of a resident fishing license this year is $22.90. The most popular add-ons, a trout-salmon stamp, and a Lake Erie permit, cost $9.90 each, or $15.90 for a combination permit.

Customers this year may notice several changes and additions license and permit offerings menu. They will no longer receive a complimentary printed copy of the annual Fishing Summary book of laws and regulations. Instead, printed copies of the publication are being sold for $3 each, and can be purchased through issuing agents. Identical, digital versions that include advertisements and coupons can be viewed and printed for free at

License buyers will also notice the addition of several new voluntary permits. Funds generated through permit sales will be reinvested into their respective programs. Although a purchase supports individual programs, possession of a voluntary permit does not entitle the holder to any additional privileges. The list includes:

  • Voluntary Bass Permit, $11.90
  • Voluntary Musky Permit, $11.90
  • Voluntary Habitat/Waterways Conservation Permit, $11.90
  • Voluntary Wild Trout and Enhanced Waters Permit, $26.90

The commission is a user-funded agency that operates primarily on funds generated through the sale of fishing licenses, boating registrations and associated fees. It receives no state general fund tax revenue to support its programs.

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