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Regulations by Species
BIG BASS PROGRAM-Special Regulations
Related page: Catch and Release Bass Regulations
These special regulations apply to Largemouth, Smallmouth, and Spotted Bass in the waters listed below. Stocked trout waters (lakes) that are in the Big Bass Program are closed to all fishing from March 1 until the opening day of the trout season. This closure does not pertain to stocked trout waters (lakes) open to year-round fishing. For all other species, inland regulations apply.
Season Minimum Size Daily Limit
Jan. 1 through April 16 and
June 12 through Dec. 31
15 inches 4 (combined species)
April 17 through June 11 NO HARVEST - Catch and immediate release only
(no tournaments permitted)
Waters Governed by These Regulations
Waters are also listed on our Special Fishing Regulations interactive map
County Water
Allegheny Upper, Middle and Lower Deer Lakes
Closed to fishing from March 1 until 8 a.m. on opening day of trout
Marshall Lake
North Park Lake
Armstrong Keystone Lake
Beaver Bradys Run Lake
Berks Blue Marsh Lake
Carsonia Lake
Hopewell Lake
Kaercher Creek Dam
Bedford Shawnee Lake (State Park)
Blair Canoe Creek Lake (State Park) to include two small ponds and raceway adjacent to Canoe Lake
Bucks Lake Towhee
Nockamixon Lake (State Park)
Butler Lake Arthur (Moraine State Park)
Cambria Beaverdam Run Reservoir
Duman Dam
Hinckston Run Reservoir
Wilmore Dam
Carbon Mauch Chunk Lake
Chester Chambers Lake
Marsh Creek Lake (State Park)
Clarion / Venango Kahle Lake
Crawford Sugar Lake
Cumberland Opossum Lake
Fayette Indian Creek Reservoir (Mill Run Reservoir)
Fayette / Westmoreland Bridgeport Reservoir
Indiana Yellow Creek Lake (State Park)
Lackawanna Lackawanna Lake (State Park)
County Water
Luzerne Frances Slocum Lake (State Park)
Harris Pond
Lily Lake
Lycoming Rose Valley Lake
Mercer Shenango River Lake
Monroe / Wayne Gouldsboro Lake
Montour Lake Chillisquaque
Perry Little Buffalo Lake (Holman Lake) (Little Buffalo State Park)
Somerset Lake Somerset (lake drained)
Quemahoning Reservoir
Venango Two Mile Run Reservoir (Justus Lake)
Venango / Clarion Kahle Lake
Washington Cross Creek Lake
Peters Twp. Lake (Res. #2)
Wayne Lower Woods Pond (partial drawdown)
Wayne / Monroe Gouldsboro Lake
Westmoreland Bridgeport Reservoir (Westmoreland / Fayette)
Indian Lake
Keystone Lake (State Park)
Mammoth Dam
Northmoreland Lake
Twin Lakes Number One Reservoir (lower)
Twin Lakes Number Two Reservoir (upper)
Wyoming Stevens Lake
York Lake Marburg (Codorus State Park)
Lake Redman
Lake Williams
Pinchot Lake (State Park)
CATCH AND RELEASE REGULATIONS for Smallmouth and Largemouth Bass on the Susquehanna and Juniata rivers have a closed season and extend to tributary portions (view regulations).
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