Pennsylvania 2020 fishing licenses on sale now

All fishing licenses and related permits purchased now are valid for up to 13 months, from December 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.

The price of an annual resident fishing license this year 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.

Once again for the 2020 license year, customers can purchase a collectible fishing license button for $10. This year’s button features a pumpkinseed sunfish design and is customized with the angler’s individual license number (buttons are not issued at the time of purchase and will be mailed to the buyer within 3-4 weeks).

Youth anglers under age 16 do not require a fishing license; they must have either a Voluntary Youth Fishing License ($2.90) or a free Mentored Youth Fishing Permit to participate in various youth opportunities throughout the season. This includes the Mentored Youth Trout Fishing Days, which occur the week before the opening of the regional and statewide openers in each area.

2020 Fishing dates
Dec. 1, 2019 – 2020 Fishing Licenses On Sale
Now through April 30, 2020 – Mandatory Life Jacket Requirement
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