By Penny Fox
Want a great way to relax and rewind? Go fish! Take the family, go with friends, or make it part of your family vacation, but get out there and experience life in the great outdoors. With miles of streams and rivers, more than 4,000 inland lakes and ponds, and Lake Eerie, Pennsylvania is a gold mine for fishing opportunities. Find excellent fishing for bass, crappie, carp, and catfish. But first, you’ll want to check out the 10 best bait and tackle shops in the state listed below to get everything you need from rods and reels to bait and apparel to your fishing license.
Klotz’s Bait & Tackle Shop in Hellertown, Pennsylvania, is a great find for all your year-round fishing needs. With excellent customer service and helpful knowledge from seasoned anglers, Klotz’s has been a great family owned and operated resource since 2002 for all things related to fishing. They have flexible hours every day except Wednesdays and major holidays.
Like low prices and helpful store staff who don’t just try to sell you something without knowing anything about it? Then you’re going to love Susquehanna Fishing Tackle in Columbia, Pennsylvania. With great brands like Optimum Baits, Shimano, Strike King, Abu Garcia, and so many more they can’t be listed here, they have everything you need and can answer your questions from their extensive knowledge. With the lowest prices around, they also have fast delivery if something needs ordered, and shipping is free for orders over $50. And if you find the same product somewhere else for less, they’ll price match it! Open every day except Sunday.
Located on the western shore of Lake Erie in Fairview, Pennsylvania, Poor Richard’s Bait & Tackle Shop has one mission—to help you catch more fish. No matter what you’re fishing for, they can direct you to the right rod and reel, lures, bait, and anything else that will help you bring that fish home. They even have boat storage available. A sponsor of several local fishing tournaments, they have helpful information about cleaning and smoking your fish. Open daily from 5 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Buck’s County is the place where you’ll find Ed’s Live Bait and Tackle Shop, conveniently located in Bensalem, Pennsylvania, and 1968 was the year they opened. Offering a great assortment of rods, reels, lures, hooks, and dipseys, you’ll be surprised if they don’t have what you want. Open every day except holidays, Ed’s is family owned and has extensive knowledge and experience around fishing and boating.
In business for over 56 years, Brinkman’s has consistently provided its customers the very best. As a specialty fishing store, Brinkman’s carries brand name products for saltwater and freshwater fishing. Minutes away from the Delaware River and able to answer questions about many of the nearby lakes and creeks, you’ll find great in-store prices and online offers on their website and Facebook pages.
If you love fishing the Tioga County Lake area or fly fishing along Pine Creek in the east-central part Pennsylvania, then you’ll have to remember to stop by Tackle Shack in Wellsboro to get your supplies before your next trip. Featuring brands like StrikeMaster and 13 Fishing, and they have 24-hour bait and tackle vending all year round. You’ll never be without supplies when you get that urge to fish. Open every day except holidays.
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Willie Marx’s Bait Tackle & More in Whitehall, Pennsylvania, is a one-stop shop for all your fishing needs. For the last 15 years, Willie’s has been giving great deals and great service to locals and out of towners who come to fish along the beautiful Lehigh River. Along with great products, they love to give information and share secrets and tips to help you catch the very best. They may even have a few fish stories of their own to share.
Whatever your outdoor sport, Reddi Bait & Tackle in Bridgewater, Pennsylvania, can be your source for hunting, fishing, and trapping supplies. Catfishing is a specialty for this little local shop, and you’ll find the owners very experienced and happy to share information that will help you catch more fish. Open every day, you can get your wiggles, squiggles, night crawlers, and other bait any time.
If you love fishing, you’ve probably not met anyone who loved it more than the friendly folks at Lock 3 Bait & Tackle in Cheswick, Pennsylvania. Open seven days a week, you’ll find brands like Lew’s, Shakespeare, Rapala, and Lucky Craft among many others. They also sponsor a heaviest trout contest. You won’t find friendlier people than the folks at Lock 3 Bait & Tackle.