The Best Fishing Spots in Pennsylvania

The Best Fishing Spots in Pennsylvania
Pennsylvania is home to a myriad of fishing locations and diverse gamefish species. Anglers can find plenty of excellent fishing locations in the state's 4,000 inland lakes and ponds as well as 85,000 miles of rivers.

Lake Erie

Lake Erie is connected to Niagara and Detroit Rivers and is one of the Great Lakes in North America. It is named as one of Pennsylvania's finest western region trout waters by Pagameandfish.com. The lake also serves as one of the largest freshwater fisheries in the country. It is abundant with walleye, yellow perch, salmon and smallmouth bass. Pennsylvania Game and Fish cites the lake as the best summertime trout fishery in the western part of the keystone state. As of August 2009, Pennsylvania's top five largest lake trout were caught in Lake Erie. Additionally, boat launch ramps are available in the Shade's Beach access and North East Marina. Other popular species include steelhead, largemouth bass, rock bass, crappie and bluegill.

Slate Run

Slate Run is recommended in "Trout Unlimited's Guide to America's 100 Best Trout Streams." This 6.5-mile mountain stream has scenic water views of pools and riffles as well as rock ledges. An abundance of wild brown and brook trout can be found in the stream. Slate Run is a wild trout fishery and is classified as a Heritage Trout Area by the Pennsylvania Boat and Fish Commission.

Susquehanna River

The Susquehanna River flows about 444 miles and passes through Pennsylvania, Maryland and New York. The river provides excellent walleye fishing as the Pennsylvania Game and Fish calls it one of the best spring walleye hot spots in the state. Anglers can access the river from the Susquehanna State Park, a 20-acre riverfront recreational area with other activities such as boating, wildlife watching and riverboat tours. There are also boat launch sites located on York and Lancaster County. Other popular game fish includes smallmouth bass, catfish, panfish and muskellunge.

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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