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PA Bulletin, Doc. No. 20-580



Temporary Change to Fishing Regulations; Fishing in Stocked Trout Waters, Opening Day of Trout Season and Creel Limits

[50 Pa.B. 2237]
[Saturday, April 25, 2020]

 The Executive Director of the Fish and Boat Commission (Commission), acting under the authority of 58 Pa. Code § 65.25 (relating to temporary changes to fishing regulations), has taken immediate action to amend 58 Pa. Code §§ 61.1, 63.3 and 69.12(d)—(f) (relating to Commonwealth inland waters; fishing in stocked trout waters; and seasons, sizes and creel limits—Lake Erie, Lake Erie tributaries and Presque Isle Bay including peninsula waters). Specifically, the Executive Director has amended these sections to make it lawful to fish in stocked trout waters regulated under 58 Pa. Code §§ 61.1 and 69.12 in any part of this Commonwealth beginning, at 8 a.m. on Tuesday, April 7, 2020. This is a temporary change affecting only the 2020 trout season. In addition, creel limits for all species of trout regulated under 58 Pa. Code §§ 61.1 and 69.12 shall be effective at 8 a.m. on Tuesday, April 7, 2020. This is also a temporary change affecting only the 2020 trout season.

 The Executive Director has found that this action is a necessary and appropriate response to the outbreak of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) and calls from the Center for Disease Control and Office of the Governor for citizens to take precautions and to provide for the health and safety of persons who fish Commonwealth waters. The temporary modifications will go into effect immediately and will remain in effect until the Commission, by appropriate action, amends 58 Pa. Code §§ 61.1, 63.3 and 69.12. In the absence of the action, the temporary modification will automatically expire on December 31, 2020.

Executive Director

[Pa.B. Doc. No. 20-580. Filed for public inspection April 24, 2020, 9:00 a.m.]

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