2022 Pennsylvania Fishing Licenses Now On Sale

Whether you’re looking to get a jump on next season, or you’ve got holiday gift giving in mind, 2022 Pennsylvania Fishing Licenses, permits, and vouchers are on sale now!

Beginning December 1, 2021, fishing licenses, permits, and vouchers for the 2022 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.  2022 licenses, permits, and vouchers purchased now are valid immediately for up to 13 months, from December 1, 2021 through December 31, 2022.

“For the past couple of seasons, more people than ever have been seeking out fun and affordable ways to enjoy the outdoors, and fishing has been right at the top of the list,” said Tim Schaeffer, PFBC Executive Director.  “While anglers will be happy to know the price of a fishing license is the same this year as it was last year, you really get the most value for your dollar when you buy early.  That way, you’ll be covered for every fishing season for the rest of this year and next year.”

Purchasing a fishing license can be done 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 April 2, 2022.

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.

“Vouchers make great gifts for people who are already active anglers, but they can also be a great way to introduce someone new to the sport,” added Schaeffer.  “If you have a friend or family member who you think would enjoy fishing, but could use a little help getting started in the sport, buying them a license voucher can be the nudge they need to join you on the water this year.”

The price of an annual resident fishing license in 2022 is still $22.97.  Multi-year options are also available in 3, 5, and 10-year increments.  The most popular add-ons, a trout permit and a Lake Erie permit cost $9.97 each, or $15.97 for a combination permit which includes both privileges.

Once again for the 2022 license year, customers can purchase a collectible fishing license button for $11.97.  This year’s button features a vintage design with a blue and yellow PFBC logo.  Unlike previous offerings, fishing license buttons ordered in 2022 will not be customized with the angler’s individual license number.  Instead, 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.

Important 2022 Fishing Dates:

December 1 (2021) – 2022 Pennsylvania Fishing Licenses, permits, and vouchers on sale

March 26, 2022 – Statewide Mentored Youth Trout Day

April 2, 2022 – Statewide Opening Day of Trout Season

November 1, 2021 through April 30, 2022 – Mandatory Life Jacket Requirement in effect