2023 Pennsylvania Fishing Licenses, Permits, Gift Certificates Available Now

HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHTM) — The Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission (PFBC) announced that fishing licenses, permits and vouchers for the 2023 season are now available for purchase.

According to the Commission, fishing licenses and vouchers can be purchased from Thursday 1st December by clicking here. They can also be purchased through the FishBoatPA mobile app and by visiting any of the nearly 700 retail license issue locations.

“A fishing license is truly your ticket to year-round outdoor fun,” said Tim Schaeffer, PFBC Executive Director. “Whether you are purchasing a license for yourself or purchasing a voucher as a gift for a family member or friend, you will open the door to fishing adventures that can become memories for a lifetime. Buying a license now ensures you are covered for every fishing season for the rest of this year and next.”

Licenses, permits and vouchers can be purchased online from a computer or smartphone. They can be printed out immediately after purchase or stored digitally on a smartphone, which serves as proof of ownership. Online purchases can save time and help you avoid long queues.

Customers can purchase a fishing license collection button.

“Introducing someone new to fishing can be very rewarding, and purchasing a fishing license gift certificate 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 enjoys fishing but hasn’t been on the water for a while. The gift of a voucher could be just the thing to rediscover their passion for fishing and be with you next season.”

Customers can also purchase a fishing license collection button for the 2023 license year. A limited edition of 10,000 buttons will be produced in 2023.

As quoted in the press release, below are some key fishing dates for 2023:

December 1, 2022 – 2023 Pennsylvania Fishing Licenses, Permits and Coupons for Sale

March 25, 2023 – Nationwide Mentored Youth Trout Day

April 1, 2023 – National trout season opening day

November 1, 2022 to April 30, 2023 – Mandatory life jackets in effect

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 in length, including all kayaks, canoes, and paddleboards, are required to wear a life jacket. Anglers should also wear a life jacket when ice fishing.