Take the Bait and Fish in Pennsylvania

Get hooked on PA fishing. With more than 85,000 miles of streams and rivers and 4,000 inland lakes and ponds, there are so many fish that you won’t miss the one that got away.
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Fishing in Mt. Pisgah State Park, Troy, Pa.
Fishing in Mt. Pisgah State Park, Troy, Pa.

While trout is definitely tops here in the Keystone State, there are some 30 species of game fish swimming Pennsylvania’s waters.

Yellow Breeches in Boiling Springs near Carlisle is among the most popular trout-fishing streams in the state.The fish practically jump out of the water and land in your creel, possibly because it's so abundantly stocked.

If size matters to you, the northwest region’s Kinzua Tailrace is the place to catch large brown trout. Situated below the Allegheny Reservoir in Warren County, this spot sees anglers regularly reeling in trout, as well as walleye and muskie. From the dam to the first island, fish are generally found on the south side of the river where the deep holes meet the shallows. 

In Northampton and Lehigh counties, Little Schuylkill and Bushkill Creek are prime spots. Where Little Schuylkill narrows to a mere 30 feet, a bank of rhododendron and mountain laurels cover a steep ridge. Here, the shade-loving trout gather to escape the afternoon sun – and eager anglers gather to help them. If you’re looking for a challenge, you’ll find it in the popular depths of Bushkill, where the only guarantees are convenient access and plenty of parking.

If you’re ever fishing in Spruce Creek, a limestone stream 20 miles southwest of State College on Route 45 in Huntingdon County, don’t be alarmed – or act suspicious – if you spot a bunch of tough-looking guys in dark suits, dark sunglasses and hip waders. They’re probably former President Jimmy Carter’s secret service detail. Their boss fell in love with Spruce Creek while in office, and he still makes his way up there to this day to catch some of the best trout fishing in the country.

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