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Types of Fish in Pennsylvania

American Shad
Bluegill
Brook Trout
Brown Trout
Channel Catfish
Crappie
Flathead Catfish
Largemouth Bass
Muskie
Northern Pike
Pickerel
Pumpkinseed
Rainbow Trout
Redbreast Sunfish
Rock Bass
Sauger
Saugeye
Smallmouth Bass
Steelhead Trout
Striped Bass
Walleye
White Bass
White Perch
Yellow Perch

Pennsylvania proudly offers over 150,000 acres of lakes and ponds, an array of rivers, and a vast section of Lake Erie, to recreational fishermen. Pennsylvania is a high point for fishing that is home to trout, bass, catfish, salmon, and walleye.

Trout are a premier sporting fish thriving in the state. Several varieties can be found in Pennsylvania; Brown, brook, rainbow, tiger, palomino and steelhead. For quality, turn to the aptly named Fishing Creek which provides humongous trout. Fishing Creek was the location for a record breaking seven pound trout. Kinzua Dam is known for its quantity of several trout varieties, along with a considerable population of muskellunge and walleye.

Lake Erie and its extending tributaries provide the state’s best fishing, and a rare opportunity to fish for steelhead trout. Walnut Creek is a popular tributary of the lake, known for steelhead trout. Lake Erie also has salmon, yellow perch, bass, walleye, and many more. The minimum length of trout (and salmon) for removal is seven inches. Nearly four million trout come from stock replenished by the state.

Second only to Lake Erie, Lake Raystown boasts some fine fishing. Not only trout, but bass, salmon, catfish and perch. Pennsylvania is home to many types of bass, with Raystown featuring small and large mouth, rock, and striped. Bass must be twelve or fifteen inches, depending on the time of season and fishing location.

For river fishing the Susquehana River is a top notch location. Small mouth bass are found in abundance, along with muskellunge, walleye and catfish, to name a few. As one of the largest rivers on the East Coast the Susquehanna yields ample fish and smooth waters.

Please note that many fish are only able to be caught in certain seasons. Removing shad and river herring from the Susquehanna is always prohibited. It is also illegal to remove mussels and clams, as well as fish for paddlefish, and spotted gar, throughout the entire state.

Pennsylvanian law requires a fishing license to be held by those over sixteen who fish, and for those who remove bait fish from the water. Licenses are available for periods of one day, annual, three year and five year. Non-residents of the state may opt for tourist licenses of one, three, or seven days. Fishing for trout, salmon, and fishing on Lake Erie, requires special permits.

All licenses are obtainable online, by mailing a completed form, or in person at an agency providing licensure (including Fish and Boat Commissions). Once granted a fisherman should visibly display their license while fishing. If you do not have a license you can still fish on Fish For Free days!

Fishing regulations are more varied in Pennsylvania than in other states; Certain locations allow only catch-and-release fishing, prohibit the use of live bait, or require a fish to achieve a minimum length for removal. Many fish have maximum daily limits. Any agency that issues fishing licenses should provide a free book summarizing this state’s laws. Before fishing it is best to check the regulations of the area you plan to fish in!
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Analomink Lake


17 miles from Belvidere, New Jersey anglers will find Analomink Lake and will not be disappointed. Other near by cities where anglers can stop to get some food or get some bait near Analomink Lake include Newton, Hackettstown and Phillipsburg. If Analomink Lake doesn't satisfy, there are also multiple rivers, creeks, and streams near by. Some of these are Paradise Creek, Michael Creek, Butz Run, Leas Run, Havemeyer Brook, Cranberry Creek, Pine Mountain Run, Forest Hills Run, Swiftwater Creek and Poplar Run.
Closest Cities : Belvidere 17miles, Newton 24miles, Hackettstown 25miles, Phillipsburg 25miles, Easton 26miles


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Ball Lake


Ball Lake is located just 14 miles from Hancock, in New York. Other near by cities where anglers can stop to get some food or get some bait near Ball Lake include Carbondale, Deposit and Windsor. If Ball Lake doesn't satisfy, there are also multiple rivers, creeks, and streams near by. Some of these are Rock Creek, Shadigee Creek, Little Butler Creek, Merrigan Creek, Fiddle Lake Creek, West Branch Lackawanna River, Wildcat Run, East Branch Lackawanna River, Riley Creek and Little Creek.
Closest Cities : Hancock 14miles, Carbondale 16miles, Deposit 17miles, Windsor 18miles, Sanford 18miles


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Barkley Lake


Barkley Lake, just 5 miles from Cochecton, New York, is a great place for anglers to land that monster fish. Other near by cities where anglers can stop to get some food or get some bait near Barkley Lake include Tusten, Delaware and Highland. If Barkley Lake doesn't satisfy, there are also multiple rivers, creeks, and streams near by. Some of these are Peggy Run, South Branch Calkins Creek, North Branch Calkins Creek, Calkins Creek, Sunny Brook, Mitchell Pond Brook, Perry Pond Brook, Beach Lake Creek, Beaverdam Creek and East Branch Tenmile River.
Closest Cities : Cochecton 5miles, Tusten 5miles, Delaware 9miles, Highland 11miles, Bethel 12miles


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Bates Lake


Bates Lake, just 9 miles from Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania, is a great place for anglers to land that monster fish. Other near by cities where anglers can stop to get some food or get some bait near Bates Lake include New Castle, Butler and Aliquippa. If Bates Lake doesn't satisfy, there are also multiple rivers, creeks, and streams near by. Some of these are Buck Run, Doe Run, Camp Run, Hazen Run, Slippery Rock Creek, Skunk Run, Brush Creek, Little Yellow Creek, Duck Run and Hell Run.
Closest Cities : Beaver Falls 9miles, New Castle 12miles, Butler 14miles, Aliquippa 17miles, East Palestine 19miles


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Bear Lake


Bear Lake is located just 11 miles from Pittston, in Pennsylvania. Other near by cities where anglers can stop to get some food or get some bait near Bear Lake include Wilkes-Barre, Scranton and Nanticoke. If Bear Lake doesn't satisfy, there are also multiple rivers, creeks, and streams near by. Some of these are Spring Run, Hagen Run, Butler Run, Sand Spring Creek, Pond Creek, Buckey Run, Wolf Run, Red Run, Spruce Run and Choke Creek.
Closest Cities : Pittston 11miles, Wilkes-Barre 12miles, Scranton 13miles, Nanticoke 19miles, Hazleton 25miles


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