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58 Pa. Code § 65.4a. All-tackle trophy trout.

§ 65.4a. All-tackle trophy trout.

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

 (b)  It is unlawful to fish in designated and posted all-tackle trophy trout areas except in compliance with the following requirements:

   (1)  Open to fishing year-round.

   (2)  There are no tackle restrictions.

   (3)  Minimum size is 18 inches, caught on, or in possession on, the waters under regulation.

   (4)  The daily creel limit is one trout except for the period from the day after Labor Day to 8 a.m. of the opening day of the regular season for trout of the following year, when trout may not be killed or had in possession.

   (5)  A current trout permit is required.

 (c)  This section applies to trout only. Inland regulations apply to all other species.

 (d)  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 all-tackle trophy trout 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 all-tackle trophy trout area.


   The provisions of this §  65.4a amended under the Fish and Boat Code, 30 Pa.C.S. § §  2102 and 2307; and section 506 of The Administrative Code of 1929 (71 P.S. §  186).


   The provisions of this §  65.4a adopted March 7, 1997, effective March 8, 1997, 27 Pa.B. 1155; amended September 23, 2005, effective January 1, 2006, 35 Pa.B. 5261; amended September 22, 2006, effective January 1, 2007, 36 Pa.B. 5872; 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 September 17, 2021, effective January 1, 2022, 51 Pa.B. 6028. Immediately preceding text appears at serial pages (378404) to (378405).

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