5 Best Fishing Holes in Pennsylvania

By Hilary Gunn

5 Best Fishing Holes in Pennsylvania

Sometimes the best accompaniment to a beautiful day is your fishing pole and there is a vibrant selection of lakes, creeks, and rivers to do so in Pennsylvania. Whether you’re looking to explore the world of fishing, or are already an experienced participant, the best fishing locations in Pennsylvania are brimming with fish and awaiting your arrival!

1. Conneaut Lake

If you’re crazy about bass fishing, a trip to Conneaut Lake is for you. As Pennsylvania’s largest inland, natural lake, this Crawford County gem is a joy for both beginner and expert fisherman alike. At 925 acres, with a 75-foot maximum depth, Conneaut Lake is perfect for a calm day out on the water with a rod, reel, and cold one.

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2. Yellow Breeches Creek, Cumberland Valley, PA

This Susquehanna tributary is a long-time favorite of Pennsylvania fishing enthusiasts, and features both wild and stocked trout. Enjoy the bucolic countryside surrounding this designated Pennsylvania Scenic River while you relax and reel ‘em in. If you’re a novice angler, check out the Yellow Breeches Outfitters guide services. They offer an excellent fly fishing school that can teach beginners the basics. 

3. Lake Wallenpaupack, Hawley, PA

To truly experience the beauty of the Poconos, a trip to Lake Wallenpaupack is certainly in order. This artificial lake constructed in 1926 covers 5,700 acres of serene beauty and is stocked to the gills with bass! Whether you’re looking for smallmouth, bluegill, or largemouth, Lake Wallenpaupack has something for everyone and is an ideal day with your family, your pals, or just your own thoughts. If you need some gear before you go, stop in at Hawley’s Wallenpaupack Sport Shop for bait and other supplies.

4. Lehigh River

As the largest tributary of the Delaware River, the Lehigh River is a fisherman’s dream. The water is home to a wide variety of fish, including carp, smallmouth and largemouth bass, panfish, catfish, and muskellunge. Get great advice, fishing secrets, and bait and tackle at Willie Marx’s Bait, Tackle, & More in Whitehall, Pennsylvania, right on the river. Whether you spend a few hours or a weekend, this gorgeous location is perfect for leaving your worries behind and focusing on the fish.

5. Blue Marsh Lake, Leesport, PA

Blue Marsh Lake is a manmade oasis that is home to multiple species of fish, including several types of bass and catfish. If you want to rent a kayak for your adventure, visit Blue Marsh Outdoors in Bernville, Pennsylvania. They’ll set you up with everything you’ll need. Experience the beauty of Pennsylvania alongside the tranquility of Blue Marsh Lake, and come home with a serious haul!

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