Now’s the time for Pennsylvania anglers to purchase a new fishing license. New fishing licenses for 2022 went on sale Dec. 1, 2021.

By the time you’re reading this, the license you’ve been carrying around in your wallet since this time last year will have been worthless at midnight on Dec. 31.

If you plan to be stream side in early 2022 enjoying some cold water trout fishing, you’ll need a new Pennsylvania fishing license to be legal. Depending on your purchase preference, you can buy online and use the receipt as proof of purchase until the real license comes in the mail, or just make a trip to an area vendor like a sporting goods store or tackle shop to do your license shopping.

You’ll have to pay $22.97 for the license, then add on another $9.97 for a trout stamp. OK, I know you’re whining just a little bit about it, but think back a few months ago to when you spent several hundred dollars just to go hunting. You’ll realize you get a whole lot more for your dollar by spending your time fishing.

On the other hand, you may be asking why I’m even talking about fishing during January. Well, for those willing to brave the weather, the rewards are well worth it.

What could be better than standing stream side and having the river all to yourself? What will give you more enjoyment than standing in the shallows landing a few firm-bodied trout whose brilliant winter colors you’ll admire before releasing. Your wet hands wil become chilled slightly, but that won’t matter to you as the excitement of the moment will be well worth it.

Get off the couch, drag yourself out of the house and reap the rewards the outdoors has to offer. Don’t be that guy who waits to buy his fishing license the week before the trout opener. Join us dedicated anglers who are posting trout photos year round, photos that have others saying they didn’t realize trout season was open year around.

David Orlowski is a writer, hunter, fisherman and outdoor enthusiast from Potter County. He is a member of the Pennsylvania Outdoor Writers Association.

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