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58 Pa. Code § 65.17. Catch and release lakes.

§ 65.17. Catch and release lakes.

 (a)  The Executive Director, with the approval of the Commission, may designate lakes as catch and release lakes. The designation of lakes as catch and release lakes will be effective upon publication of a notice of designation in the Pennsylvania Bulletin.

 (b)  It is unlawful to fish in the lakes designated as catch and release lakes except in compliance with the following requirements:

   (1)  Fishing for all species is permitted on a catch and release/no harvest basis only.

   (2)  It is unlawful to take, kill or possess any fish taken from lakes designated under this section.

   (3)  Fish caught shall be immediately returned unharmed to the lake from which taken.


   The provisions of this §  65.17 issued and amended under the Fish and Boat Code, 30 Pa.C.S. §  2102.


   The provisions of this §  65.17 adopted December 8, 2006, effective December 9, 2006, 36 Pa.B. 7449; amended September 25, 2015, effective January 1, 2016, 45 Pa.B. 5788. Immediately preceding text appears at serial page (376460).

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