Pennsylvania Freshwater Fishing

The state of Pennsylvania, like many of its neighboring Mid Atlantic states, has an abundance of streams, lakes, reservoirs, ponds, rivers, and creeks that are suitable for freshwater fishing.

Several Pennsylvania lakes support outstanding fisheries. Raystown Lake is one of the best impoundments in the Mid Atlantic region for striped bass fishing. In Southwestern Pennsylvania, Youghiogheny River Reservoir is home a variety of freshwater fish species. In the Northwest, Lake Erie offers some of the best freshwater fishing in the nation.

For fly-fishing enthusiasts, Pennsylvania has hundreds of miles of cold water streams that are populated with native brook trout, the official state fish. In addition to native trout, streams and creeks throughout the state are stocked with rainbow and brown trout.

Often overlooked by anglers, hundreds of warm water streams and creeks throughout Pennsylvania support populations of smallmouth bass, largemouth bass, rock bass, redbreast sunfish, green sunfish, bluegills, pumpkinseed, channel catfish, bullheads, carp, white perch, redfin pickerel, suckers, fallfish, American eels, and other fish species.

In eastern Pennsylvania, the Susquehanna River is recognized for its smallmouth bass fisheries. The Delaware River is also famous, especially for its spring runs of American shad and hickory shad.

Pennsylvania Lakes and Rivers

Susquehanna River

Delaware River

Raystown Lake

Youghiogheny River Reservoir

Lake Erie