Pennsylvania Fishing

Worms, lures, flies, beware.

Cast a line in any direction here and you’re liable to hook a trout, perch, walleye or pike. Pennsylvania is a piscatorial paradise, with blue ribbon trout waters and bass-friendly waters from Lake Erie all the way across the state to the Delaware River. Anglers from everywhere love to tackle our classic limestone creeks and freshwater lakes. And our stocking program, along with a boatload of wild game fish, make the Keystone State one of the finest fisheries in the land.

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Oil Creek
Pennsylvania’s Great Lakes Region
Crawford and Venango Counties
Earning its name from when the river was used to ship petroleum downstream, Oil Creek has become one of Pennsylvania’s top trout streams. Many anglers take advantage of the aquatic insect hatches that occur during the month of May, or explore some of the creeks tributaries, where wild brook trout make their home. The best access to fishing is in Oil Creek State Park, between Titusville and Oil City.

Neshannock Creek
Pennsylvania’s Great Lakes Region
Lawrence and Mercer Counties
Thought to be one of the best winter trout streams in Pennsylvania, the Neshannock Creek is a beautiful 20-mile freestone stream. The area right around the upper part of the special regulations area seems to be popular with fly-fishermen, but excellent angling can be enjoyed further downstream as well.

Slippery Rock Creek
Pittsburgh and its Countryside
Butler and Lawrence Counties
Not too far from the city limits of Pittsburgh flows a stream known for its incredible trout fishing. Heading southward into Beaver River, this stocked creek has remote gorgeous stretches that can be accessed by trails in McConnells State Park.

Youghiogheny River
Pittsburgh and its Countryside
Fayette and Somerset Counties
Visitors can give their waders a rest and try their hand at float fishing on the famous Youghiogheny. Catch some prize trout from the Dam all the way down to Ohiopyle State Park. This huge river offers endless opportunities for the sport of fly fishing, from easy shore access, to a nine-mile all tackle trophy trout section.

Cedar Run
Pennsylvania Wilds
Lycoming and Tioga Counties
Packed with deep pools and dense trout populations, Cedar Run starts in Tioga County and flows for more than eight miles into Pine Creek located in Lycoming. With easy access from the road for small browns and brookies, anglers can find unique water types where trout find great holding cover.

Slate Run
Pennsylvania Wilds
Lycoming County
Slate Run has become one of the most well-known freestone trout streams in the eastern United States. Anglers from far and wide flock to this stream for some challenging and exciting fly fishing surrounded by a fine mix of pools, riffles, and runs to explore.

Fishing Creek
Pennsylvania Wilds
Clinton County
This creek really lives up to its name. With numerous deep pools and excellent runs, this creek is a worthwhile stop for anglers searching for trout. The special regulations section of the creek is only one and a half miles long, but still offers outstanding fishing. The creek also offers great trout fishing in the winter months with holdover trout that roam the deep pools.

Spring Creek
The Alleghenies
Centre County
If you are looking to land a monster trout, Spring Creek is where your fish tale will come true. With plenty of 16-to 20-inch long fish, this wild trout fishery is an anglers’ dream due to its combination of wild browns and some great insect hatches. Spring Creek is full of pristine fishing hot spots from popular destinations such as Fisherman’s Paradise, and many other areas that offer solitude and tons of wild and aggressive fish.

Letort Spring Run
Dutch County Roads
Cumberland County
This legendary limestone spring creek is sure to offer fly fishing at its best. With beautiful surroundings and wild browns, the Letort Spring Run has been the focus of anglers for many decades. A combination of a wide range of fresh water crustaceans to provide nutrient-rich food, as well as the stable water temperature year round, result in an active and healthy trout population, which fishermen come from miles away to experience.

Monocacy Creek
Philadelphia and the Countryside
Northampton County and Lehigh Counties
Most trout in the Monocacy are at least 12 inches in length, but there is always a chance of getting lucky, with a 10- to 12-pound rainbow. For the seasoned anglers looking for a challenge, the wild browns that roam the creek are no easy task to pull in. With great fishing offered year round, the Monocacy is a great place to come with a spinner rod or fly gear.

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