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HARRISBURG, Pa. (December 1) – Whether it's the holiday season or next year's fishing season already on your mind, anglers can start gearing up today by purchasing their 2023 Pennsylvania fishing license, permits, and gift vouchers!

Beginning December 1, 2022, fishing licenses, permits, and vouchers for the 2023 season can be purchased through the HuntFishPA online portal on the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission (PFBC) website (, on your smartphone using the FishBoatPA mobile app, or by visiting one of nearly 700 retail license issuing agents.  2023 licenses, permits, and vouchers purchased now are valid immediately for up to 13 months, from December 1, 2022, through December 31, 2023.

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"A fishing license is truly your ticket to outdoor fun for the whole year," said Tim Schaeffer, PFBC Executive Director.  "Whether you're purchasing a license for yourself, or a voucher to give as a gift to a family member or friend, you'll be opening the door to fishing adventures that can become lifelong memories.  Purchasing a license now ensures that you'll be covered for every fishing season for the rest of this year and next year."

Fishing licenses, permits, and vouchers can be purchased easily, conveniently, and safely online from your computer or smart phone.  Licenses may be printed immediately upon purchase or saved digitally to a smart device which serves as proof of possession.  While many customers still prefer to purchase fishing licenses in person from local issuing agents, online purchases can save time and help you avoid long lines, especially right before the spring trout season, which begins statewide on Saturday, April 1, 2023.

In addition to licenses and permits, such as the trout or Lake Erie permits, customers may choose to purchase vouchers that can be given as gifts and be redeemed by recipients.

"Introducing someone new to fishing can be very rewarding and purchasing a fishing license gift voucher is an easy way to get a new angler started," added Schaeffer.  "Vouchers are also great gift ideas for active anglers, or maybe someone who likes to fish but hasn't been out on the water for a while.  The gift of a voucher might be just what they need to rediscover their passion for fishing and join you next season." 

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Once again for the 2023 license year, customers can purchase a collectible fishing license button.  This year's button features a vibrant yellow background with the PFBC logo.  In 2023, a limited-edition production of 10,000 buttons will be produced, and customers will receive a randomly numbered button between 00001-10000.  Please note that buttons are not issued at the time of purchase and will be mailed to the buyer. 

In 2023, anglers who visit a license issuing agent in person can receive the Fishing Summary/Boating Handbook free of charge.  The book outlines current fishing and boating regulations, seasons and creel limits, and safety information, and includes advertising and coupons.  A digital version of these publications can be viewed and printed for free on the PFBC website, or viewed on the FishBoatPA mobile app.  Customers should note that 2023 Fishing Summary/Boating Handbooks are still being shipped to retail locations in early December and may not be immediately available at all locations.  Customers should access the free online version or return to a retail location later for a free printed copy.

Voluntary Permits

Customers who purchase a 2023 fishing license can once again support their favorite PFBC programs through the purchase of voluntary permits for Bass, Musky, Wild Trout/Enhanced Waters, and Habitat/Waterways Conservation.  These permits are not required for fishing and carry no additional privileges, but all funds generated through them are reinvested into their respective program.  Thanks to the generosity of anglers, the PFBC has invested more than $520,000 into special projects funded by the sale of voluntary permits since 2019.

While youth anglers under age 16 do not require a fishing license, they must have either a Voluntary Youth Fishing License or a free Mentored Youth Fishing Permit to participate in any special youth opportunities throughout the 2023 season.  This includes the statewide Mentored Youth Trout Fishing Day on Saturday, March 25, 2023.

The PFBC is a user-funded agency that operates primarily on funds generated through the sale of fishing licenses, boating registrations, and associated fees.  The PFBC receives no Pennsylvania General Fund tax revenue to support its programs.

The PFBC reminds anglers and boaters to protect themselves by always wearing a life jacket during the fall and winter months.  From November 1 through April 30, all boaters aboard boats less than 16 feet, including all kayaks, canoes, and paddleboards, are required to wear a life jacket.  Anglers should also wear a life jacket while ice fishing.

Important 2023 Fishing Dates:

December 1 (2022) – 2023 Pennsylvania Fishing Licenses, permits, and vouchers on sale

March 25, 2023 – Statewide Mentored Youth Trout Day

April 1, 2023 – Statewide Opening Day of Trout Season

November 1, 2022, through April 30, 2023 – Mandatory Life Jacket Requirement in effect


2023 Fishing Summary:

2023 Boating Handbook:


Media Contact:
Mike Parker
Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission
(717) 585-3076

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