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. In the Northwest, Lake Erie offers some of the best freshwater fishing in the nation.
During spring, smallmouth bass fishing is popular along the Lake Erie shoreline. From fall through spring, anglers are drawn to Erie and nearby areas to pursue steelhead that migrate up streams from Lake Erie.
In Southwestern Pennsylvania, Youghiogheny River Reservoir is home a variety of freshwater fish species. Raystown Lake is one of the best impoundments in the Mid Atlantic region for landlocked striped bass fishing.
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.