The Best Fishing in Pennsylvania

The Best Fishing in Pennsylvania
Pennsylvania offers some of the best fishing in the country with its wide array of fishing lakes, streams, rivers and ponds. Anglers have plenty of choices when it comes to fishing hot spots throughout the state. Species of game fish are abundant, and three of the most popular are walleye, trout and bass.

Susquehanna River

Flowing about 444 miles through Pennsylvania, Maryland and New York, the Susquehanna River is known as one of the best sources for walleye fishing in Pennsylvania. It is also ranked as one of the Top 10 Pennsylvania Fishing Locations by According to Pennsylvania Game and Fish, the Susquehanna River downriver from Harrisburg provides excellent walleye fishing and is ranked as one of the best spring walleye hot spots in the state. The river also has abundant walleye during the colder months. As of March 2010, regulations include a 15-inch minimum length limit and a six fish daily creel limit. Anglers are permitted to keep walleye from January 1 to mid-March and from early May to December 31. Other popular species include small mouth bass, panfish, catfish and muskellunge.

Susquehanna State Park

Lake Erie

Lake Erie is a top well-known trout fishing spot in the Keystone State, and is recommended as one of Pennsylvania's finest western region trout waters by It is connected to the Niagara River and Detroit River, and is over 220 miles long. As of August 2009, the top five lake trout were caught in Lake Erie. Other popular game fish include steel head, crappie, bluegill, large mouth and rock bass. Anglers can also enjoy boating at the lake. There are boat launch ramps in the North East Marina and Shade's Beach access.

Lake Erie

Lake Arthur

Lake Arthur offers one of the best bass fishing spots in Pennsylvania, and has consistently produced more large mouth bass weighing over five pounds than any other lake in the state. The lake is known as one of the best big-bass waters, and there are fishing regulations--a minimum bass size limit of 15 inches during season and a daily creel limit of four bass. This 3,225-acre lake is within Moraine State Park, where anglers can boat and access 10 boat launch sites.

Moraine State Park
225 Pleasant Valley Rd
Portersville, PA 16051-9650

Article Written By Rona Aquino

Rona Aquino began writing professionally in 2008. As an avid marathon runner and outdoor enthusiast, she writes on topics of running, fitness and outdoor recreation for various publications. Aquino holds a Bachelor of Arts in communications and English from the University of Maryland College Park.

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