Spring is the season for trout fishing in Pennsylvania. Anglers plunge into the commonwealth’s 86,000 miles of streams and rivers, along with 4,000 lakes and ponds in hopes of catching a prized trout.
**Licenses are required to fish in Pennsylvania, and many areas have special regulations and creel limits on trout fishing. Anglers are encouraged to study the regulations for favorite fishing holes at www.fishinpa.com.
Oil Creek - Pennsylvania’s Great Lakes Region
Crawford and Venango counties
The Oil Creek Valley is the site of the world’s first commercial oil well. Oil Creek State Park tells the story of the early petroleum industry by interpreting oil boomtowns, oil wells, and early transportation. Scenic Oil Creek carves a valley of deep hollows, steep hillsides, and wetlands. Oil Creek has become one of Pennsylvania’s top trout streams, allowing anglers to explore some of the creek’s tributaries where wild brook trout make their home. The best access to the water for fishing is in Oil Creek State Park, between Titusville and Oil City. The water here offers beautiful pools, riffles, and runs.
Yellow Breeches Creek - Dutch Country Roads
Yellow Breeches Creek is one of Pennsylvania's premier fly fishing trout streams. The stream emerges from various springs that flow through the Huntsdale Hatchery and then become the source of the stream. Every day, visitors can expect to find many anglers fishing throughout the stream, where there is never a shortage of trout. A huge stocking program supports this river with fish stocked almost its entire length. In the spring, trout can be easily found feeding on top.
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 south into Beaver River, Slippery Rock Creek has remote, gorgeous stretches that can be accessed by trails in McConnells Mill State Park.
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 in Lycoming County. There’s easy access from the road to a number of small fishing spots along Cedar Run, where anglers are sure to find plenty of trout.
Youghiogheny River - Pittsburgh and its Countryside
Fayette and Somerset counties
The Youghiogheny provides some of the best whitewater boating in the eastern United States, as well as spectacular scenery. Anglers can try their hand at float fishing on the famous Youghiogheny River outside Pittsburgh, where excellent trout fishing opportunities exist along the massive waterway. The Youghiogheny features a nine-mile all tackle trophy trout section, several fly fishing areas, and easy access at Ohiopyle State Park.
Spring Creek - The Alleghenies
Spring Creek, just outside State College, is known as an angler’s dream location. Surveys conducted by the Pennsylvania Fish & Boat Commission have consistently shown Spring Creek to be one of the most densely populated wild brown trout streams in the Keystone State. The wild trout fishery is full of pristine fishing hotspots stocked with 16-20-inch trout. A favorite destination along the creek is Fisherman’s Paradise, which offers solitude and tons of wild and aggressive fish.
Slate Run - Pennsylvania Wilds
Slate Run in Tiadaghton State Forest has become one of the most well-known freestone trout streams in the eastern United States. Wild brook trout and a few brown trout reside in the upper part of the stream, and wild brown trout reside in the lower part. 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.
Letort Spring Run - Dutch Country Roads
A legendary limestone spring creek, Letort Spring Run is sure to offer fly fishing at its best and has been the focus of anglers for many decades, holding some of the most sophisticated brown trout in the fly fishing universe. A combination of a wide range of freshwater crustaceans to provide nutrient-rich food, as well as the stable water temperature year-round, results in an active and healthy trout population that fishermen come from miles away to experience.
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 in northwestern Pennsylvania. Fly fishermen tend to prefer the waters near the upper part of the creek, but excellent angling can be enjoyed further downstream as well. This portion of Neshannock Creek is one of twenty-two streams designated as a Keystone Select Water in the state of Pennsylvania.
Monocacy Creek - Lehigh Valley
Northampton and Lehigh counties
Monocacy Creek is a lovely limestone, spring creek located in Southeastern Pennsylvania. It has a very good population of wild brown trout. The stream has two sections of special regulation water. Most trout in the Monocacy are at least 12 inches in length, with some exceeding 15 inches. 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 perfect place to come with a spinner rod or fly gear.
Wissahickon Creek - Philadelphia and the Countryside
Wissahickon Creekproves that anglers don’t even need to travel to remote locations to enjoy trout season in Pennsylvania. The creek, located in Philadelphia’s Fairmount Park, is fully stocked with trout each season. Deep pools, fast riffles, and tumbling pocket water present a wonderful angling opportunity for serious fishermen and beginners. The creek is in one of the areas that has an early opening day, so anglers eager to get an early start can do so here.