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Fishing for largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, channel catfish, flathead catfish, black crappie, white crappie, walleye, rainbow trout, brown trout, lake trout, bluegill, green sunfish, pumpkinseed sunfish, rock bass, white bass, white perch, yellow perch, coho salmon, steelhead, bowfin, muskie and northern pike at Lake Erie in Pennsylvania.

Bordering four states and Canada, Lake Erie is one of the Great Lakes. It is a 9,910 square-mile lake with fantastic fishing opportunities. Here we will focus only on the amenities accessible from the state of Pennsylvania. Several marinas and numerous boat launches are available for boating of all kinds. Presque Isle State Park is the hub of activity and boat access out of the town of Erie, PA. The area is famous for Lake Erie perch. The lake is one of the premiere smallmouth bass fisheries in the country, and supports healthy populations of a wide variety of fish species as well. Bass, trout, salmon, walleye, crappie, sunfish, muskie and pike all reside here in both quantity and quality. While fishing opportunities are greatly enhanced from a boat, there is shoreline fishing available. Always check weather conditions before venturing out as this lake can get very dangerous, in very short order. Follow all Coast Guard warnings and be prepared for potentially rough seas.

Primary fish species residing in Lake Erie

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Largemouth bass Smallmouth bass Channel catfish Flathead catfish Black crappie White crappie Walleye Rainbow trout Brown trout Lake trout Bluegill Sunfish Pumpkinseed Rock Bass White Bass White Perch Yellow Perch Coho salmon Steelhead Bowfin Muskie Northern pike

Lake Erie Amenities

Marina: YES
Boat Rental: YES
Boat Launch Ramp: YES
Campgrounds: YES
RV Hookups: YES
Lodging: YES
Convenience Store: YES
Bait & Tackle: YES
Restaurant: YES

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Campgrounds & RV Parks Nearby

Pine Lane Campground - 814 774-4808

Uncle John's Elk Creek Campground - 814 774-8672

Camp Sherwin Campground - 814 774-9416

Presque Isle Passage RV Park Campground - 814 833-3272

West Haven RV Park & Campground - 814 403-3243

Sara's Campground - 814 833-4560

Lampe Campground - 814 454-5830

Erie KOA Holiday Campground - 814 476-7706

Folly's End Campground - 814 474-5730

Virginia’s Beach Lakefront Campground - 814 922-3261

Lake Erie PA Map - Fishing & Camping Areas

Contact Information

Lake Erie
Presque Isle State Park
301 Peninsula Drive, Suite 1
Erie, PA 16505
814 833-7424

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