Some might not think that there are many fishing opportunities in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania since it is such a large city, but they would be wrong. Pennsylvania has many fishing opportunities within its borders and several of them are within driving distance of the city. Your biggest problem will be deciding which one to try out first. If you can't decide, or if you are new to fishing, you might also check out a guide service in the area.
The Ohio River
The Ohio River is formed from the Monongahela River and Allegheny River as well as several others, and makes its way out of Pittsburgh. Fishing is good throughout the year, with some varieties being more active at different times of year. Look for bass, walleye, sauger, pike, catfish and many more throughout the year. Try fishing near the dam areas of this and the other rivers for the best action. Overpasses provide areas where small boats and canoes can put in, and fishing is possible from the bank.
The Monongahela River
The Monongahela River is one of the three main rivers in Pittsburgh offering good fishing opportunities. Try your hand at sauger and walleye in the winter, or go for hybrid striped bass and white bass in the spring. There are several parks through town that allow access to the river banks and ramps for those that prefer to fish on the river. One of the best locations is Point State Park, which is situated at the point where the Monongahela River joins with the Allegheny and Ohio. Fishing can be done from the bank, and boats can dock here. South Side Riverfront Park offers a boat launch for larger boats.
The Allegheny River
The Allegheny River is part of a 30 mile river trail that ends in Pittsburgh. Fishing in this area is especially good in the fall when the walleye and sauger become more lively. Flathead catfish and bass are also prevalent in the larger pool areas of the river, and are best caught in the summer months. Pike and several other types of fish are found in certain areas of the trail as well. Muskie and hybrid striped bass are stocked regularly on this river. Access can be found on 6th and 40th Street, as well as 43rd Street and others. You can enter with a small boat or fish from the bank. There is a larger boat ramp in Millvale just outside of town.
Article Written By Keith Dooley
Keith Dooley has a degree in outdoor education and sports management. He has worked as an assistant athletic director, head coach and assistant coach in various sports including football, softball and golf. Dooley has worked for various websites in the past, contributing instructional articles on a wide variety of topics.