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58 Pa. Code § 65.15. Catch and release all-tackle.

§ 65.15. Catch and release all-tackle.

 (a)  The Executive Director, with the approval of the Commission, may designate waters as catch and release all-tackle. The designation of waters as catch and release all-tackle shall be effective when the waters are posted after publication of a notice of designation in the Pennsylvania Bulletin.

 (b)  It is unlawful to fish in waters designated and posted catch and release all-tackle except in compliance with the following requirements:

   (1)  There are no tackle restrictions.

   (2)  No trout may be killed or had in possession.

   (3)  Open to fishing year-round; there is no closed season.

   (4)  A current trout permit is required.

 (c)  Notwithstanding the requirements of this section, an angler in a boat may possess fish caught in compliance with the seasons, sizes and creel limits in effect for the water from which taken, provided that the boat angler floats through the catch and release all-tackle area without stopping or engaging in the act of fishing or the boat angler puts in or takes out his boat at an access point within the catch and release all-tackle area.


   The provisions of this §  65.15 amended under the Fish and Boat Code, 30 Pa.C.S. § §  2102 and 2307.


   The provisions of this §  65.15 adopted September 23, 2005, effective January 1, 2006, 35 Pa.B. 5261; amended March 28, 2008, effective March 29, 2008, 38 Pa.B. 1468; amended March 13, 2015, effective March 14, 2015, 45 Pa.B. 1256; amended September 25, 2015, effective January 1, 2016, 45 Pa.B. 5788; amended December 10, 2021, effective January 1, 2022, 51 Pa.B. 7691. Immediately preceding text appears at serial pages (390792) and (378413).

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