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Blue Marsh Lake, PA

Popular Fish Species Blue Marsh Lake, PA

Blue Marsh Lake Popular Fish - Largemouth Bass

Largemouth Bass Fishing

Currently, largemouth bass are thriving in Blue Marsh Lake due to excellent fisheries management and plenty of cover for both baitfish and bass. Fishing for largemouth bass is good virtually any time they are shallow - in spring, mornings in summer and during warmer fall afternoons. Use shallow crankbaits around rip rap, and around grass use worms, jigs, topwater and spinnerbaits. In deeper water, big worms, jigs and spoons are three good weapons. In winter, spend your time on deeper structure.

Blue Marsh Lake Popular Fish - Smallmouth Bass

Smallmouth Bass Fishing

Smallmouth bass are a favorite of many locals at Blue Marsh Lake, as they are plentiful and easy to catch, once located. Fishing for smallmouth bass is good anytime they are shallow - in spring, during high water, mornings in summer and during warmer fall afternoons. Use small, shallow crankbaits around rip rap, and around grass use worms, jigs, topwater and spinnerbaits. In winter, spend your time on deeper structure with big worms, jigs and spoons.

Blue Marsh Lake Popular Fish - Striped Bass

Striped Bass Fishing

Striped bass are a favorite of many locals and fishing guides at Blue Marsh Lake, as they are plentiful and grow to bragging size. Fishing for stripers is a matter of locating schools of bait, and the wolf packs of stripers is likely to be nearby. Fish finders are a big help in locating these roaming schools. Live bait is very very effective here, and stripers can be caught year round.

Blue Marsh Lake Fishing Video

Fish species to fish for...

Guide to fishing for largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, channel catfish, flathead catfish, white catfish, black crappie, white crappie, walleye, rainbow trout, brook trout, brown trout, tiger trout, bluegill, green sunfish, pumpkinseed sunfish, yellow perch, striped bass, hybrid striped bass and tiger muskie at Blue Marsh Lake in Pennsylvania.

Although it is a day-use only area, Blue Marsh Lake is open to fishing boats and pleasure boats of any horsepower. This 1,150-acre lake is located in the east-central part of the state, 7 miles northwest of Reading, PA. Kayaks, canoes and paddle boats are popular here. There are areas accessible from the highway for fishing from shore, via the lake border trail.

Blue Marsh Lake, located in Berks County, Pennsylvania, is a hidden gem for fishing enthusiasts seeking a diverse angling experience. Spanning over 1,150 acres, this picturesque reservoir is known for its excellent fishing opportunities. Anglers flock to Blue Marsh Lake to catch a variety of fish species, including largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, striped bass, walleye, catfish, and panfish such as crappie and bluegill. The lake's varied structure, including submerged trees, rocky points, and deep channels, provides an ideal habitat for these species, ensuring a thrilling and rewarding fishing adventure.

Boating enthusiasts will find much to enjoy at Blue Marsh Lake. With its expansive waters and multiple boat ramps, the lake is perfect for sailing, powerboating, kayaking, and paddle boarding. Boaters can explore the lake's scenic bays, cruise along its calm waters, or even try their hand at water skiing and tubing. The well-maintained facilities and navigable waterways make Blue Marsh Lake a favored destination for both leisurely boating and exciting water sports.

Camping is a popular activity at Blue Marsh Lake, providing visitors with an opportunity to extend their stay and fully immerse themselves in the tranquility of the area. The lake offers several camping options, including tent and RV sites, as well as group camping areas. Whether one seeks a secluded spot by the lake or prefers modern amenities at a developed campground, there are accommodations available to cater to different preferences. Camping at Blue Marsh Lake allows visitors to wake up to the sounds of nature, enjoy lakeside picnics, and immerse themselves in the serenity of the surroundings.

As visitors explore the lake and its surrounding landscape, they can appreciate the scenic beauty of Blue Marsh Lake. Rolling hills, lush forests, and the sparkling waters create a picturesque backdrop for outdoor activities. The lake is also surrounded by Blue Marsh Lake Recreation Area, offering additional opportunities for hiking, biking, and wildlife observation. Whether fishing, boating, or camping, visitors can enjoy the natural wonders and peaceful ambiance that Blue Marsh Lake and its surrounding area have to offer.

Blue Marsh Lake, with its abundant fish species, water-based activities, and camping amenities, is a true haven for outdoor enthusiasts in Pennsylvania. Whether seeking a thrilling fishing expedition, a relaxing boating excursion, or a tranquil camping getaway, Blue Marsh Lake provides an idyllic setting to create cherished memories and connect with nature.

Blue Marsh Lake Park also has areas for shoreline fishing. Featured species here are bass, crappie and muskie, but populations of catfish, walleye, perch, sunfish and striped bass also reside here. Trout are stocked to enhance the fishing experience as well. Parking can be an issue on weekends and holidays, so plan to arrive early.

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Primary fish species residing in Blue Marsh Lake

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Largemouth bass Smallmouth bass Channel catfish Flathead catfish White catfish Black crappie White crappie Walleye Rainbow trout Brook trout Brown trout Bluegill Sunfish Pumpkinseed Yellow Perch Striped bass Hybrid Striped Bass Tiger muskie

Blue Marsh Lake Amenities

Marina: NO
Boat Rental: NEARBY
Boat Launch Ramp: YES
Campgrounds: NEARBY
RV Hookups: NEARBY
Lodging: NEARBY
Convenience Store: YES
Bait & Tackle: YES
Restaurant: YES

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Public Boat Launch Ramps & Landings

Blue Marsh North Boat Launch
Located on the east side of the northwest arm of the lake, on the east side, this is a two-lane, concrete ramp with paved parking for over sixty vehicles with trailers.

Dry Brooks Boat Launch
Located in the east side of the lake, off Palisades Drive, this is a two-lane, concrete ramp with docks and plenty of parking.

State Hill Boat Launch
Located in the southwest corner of the lake, this is a two-lane, concrete ramp with docks and tons of paved parking.

Fishing Guides On Blue Marsh Lake

Due North Fishing Guide Service - bass - crappie - stripers

Balazs Fishing Guide Services - stripers - crappie

Fishing License

Click here for a Pennsylvania Fishing License.

Campgrounds & RV Parks Nearby

Adventure Bound Camping Resorts - Eagles Peak - 610 589-4800

Appalachian RV Campground - 610 488-6319

Mountain Springs Camping Resort - 610 488-6859

Blue Marsh Lake PA Map - Fishing & Camping Areas

Contact Information

Blue Marsh Lake
Blue Marsh Lake Visitor's Center
1268 Pallisades Drive
Leesport, PA 19533-9750
610 376-6337


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Blue Marsh Lake in Pennsylvania.

Catfish, trout, walleye and muskie fishing in east-central PA

Fishing at Blue Marsh Lake, in Pennsylvania.