Pennsylvania may have been named for its woods, but our waters are the real attraction. There are more than 86,000 miles of streams and rivers, along with 4,000 inland lakes and ponds covering 160,000 acres, plus 470,000 acres of Lake Erie. Great fishing and boating opportunities abound and many are close to you!

Whether you want to go fishing, explore waterways by boat, buy a fishing license, or simply enjoy the beauty of Pennsylvania’s aquatic resources, the FishBoatPA app provides the information and services you need.

This free application contains a variety of useful tools and information including:
- Access to fishing and boating regulations
- Near Me mapping feature for locating boating access points, stocked trout streams and lakes, and where to purchase fishing licenses
- Trout stocking information
- Fish identification tool
- Trophy Case for logging and sharing your catches with friends

*FishBoatPA Disclaimer*

This Application and the information contained herein for your informational and educational purposes only. The PFBC makes no guarantees, representations or warranties regarding the accuracy, reliability, timeliness or availability of the information provided by this Application, including any GPS data. Availability of the information depends upon a number of factors, including without limitation: availability and access to the Internet; communication networks; GPS and location services; and the type, nature and functionality of your hardware and/or software. The PFBC specifically disclaims any and all liability, including but not limited to, consequential and incidental damages that may arise in any way from your use of or reliance on this Application or any related data.

The information contained in and provided by this Application should not be used as your sole resource for fishing and boating regulations, stocking information, or geospatial location data. This Application is not a replacement for information and public notices published on the PFBC’s website at

By continuing to use this Application you agree to the terms and conditions above.

What’s New

Version 5.8

- Update license text

Ratings and Reviews

2.7 out of 5
35 Ratings

35 Ratings

a_gaggle_of_fools ,

Mostly a pass through app

Overall I was disappointed with app. When purchasing a license you are redirected to the web store. After purchasing the license, you cannot print from iOS. The normal share icon is not available to print to a connected network printer. The only options are to email and print the receipt and to screenshot the license for printing. I could not find a place to create a login for the app. It would be helpful to sign in and be able to retrieve the license image no that the license display requirements have been changed.

hannaheirlooms ,

Few Small Glitches

There are a few small glitches, but not bad overall. When purchasing a license, it defaults your DL expiration to year 1900. It’s not a big deal, but you have to scroll through the years until you get to the current calendar year (why is this even an option?). Others have mentioned that you cannot print your license from the app which is sort of annoying. I have heard that you can now show an officer your license on a smartphone—it would be nice if they made this a simple part of the app to pull up a full screen image of the license. Finally, it doesn’t combine your trout stamp with the standard resident fishing license. I assume that as long as you have the trout/Lake Erie stamp available you don’t need to carry the standard one as well since you can’t purchase the trout permit without a standard license. It used to be an added permit to the standard; now for some reason they are two separate licenses.

Badgebffr ,

Dysfunctional pass-through app.

As other reviews have noted, much of this app simply connects the user to various PFBC webpages. Many pages are stuck on “loading” and brick the app. Others load and say “this page does not exist.) Accessing stocking schedules freezes the app. (Same thing has been happening on the PFBC website for months.) Even accessing a list of stocked waters or boat accesses freezes the app and leaves a “loading” square stuck on the screen. Region reports barely contain info for a third of the covered areas. These reports are coming from paid PFBC staff members who have Conservation/Waterway Officers to tap for pics and info. Not sure why this is not more robust. Fish ID section stinks too. Basic panfish like pumpkinseed or redbreast sunfish aren’t even pictured. Bass don’t exist. Catfish don’t exist. Shad don’t exist. Despite the law changing 18 months ago, the app still doesn’t have the ability to display your current license electronically.

App Privacy

The developer, Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, indicated that the app’s privacy practices may include handling of data as described below. For more information, see the developer’s privacy policy.

Data Not Collected

The developer does not collect any data from this app.

Privacy practices may vary, for example, based on the features you use or your age. Learn More


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