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Foster Joseph Sayers Lake, PA

Popular Fish Species Foster Joseph Sayers Reservoir, PA

Foster Joseph Sayers Reservoir Popular Fish - Crappie

Crappie Fishing

Both black and white crappie reside in Sayers Lake, with black crappie dominating the crappie fishing here. They do school together so when you find them you may catch both species. This ia a Panfish Enhancement Waterway, with special regulations for all panfish species, so check with Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission for details. Crappie fishing is on the rise and they can be found in sizeable schools. Crappie always like cover and structure, so locate brush and vegetation. Using a fish finder can help locate schools of crappie, which tend to stack vertically around cover. Live bait and small jigs are the most common method for crappie here. In spring and fall focus on the 8 to 12 foot range. The best time to catch crappie tends to be at dawn and dusk. As the crappie move deep in summer and winter, follow points out deep, as well as find ledges near channels in deeper water. When the lake freezes over, ice fishing is often a great way to catch a quick limit of crappie.

Foster Joseph Sayers Reservoir Popular Fish - Yellow Perch

Yellow Perch Fishing

Sayers Lake continues to have a very healthy population of yellow perch thanks to its designation as a Panfish Enhancement Waterway. These tasty sunfish have been a mainstay in the fishery for decades. Yellow perch are a primary food source for many predator fish in the lake. Fishing for yellow perch is simple, their primary diet consists of minnows and other small fish, insects and worms. Yellow perch tend to gather in small groups and hang out on relatively deep structure, near cover and/or drop-offs. Use a small hook and sinker. Bait a small hook with minnows, worms or small jigs using 6 to 10 pound line. They make for an excellent fish fry, are a food source for many of the larger predator fish in the lake, and they are fun to catch in winter when ice fishing.

Foster Joseph Sayers Reservoir Popular Fish - Smallmouth Bass

Smallmouth Bass Fishing

Smallmouth bass are a favorite of many locals at Sayers Lake, as they are tough fighters and exciting to catch. Fishing for smallmouth bass is good here, especially anytime they are shallow. Use shallow crankbaits around rip rap. Around grass use worms, jigs, topwater and spinnerbaits. In winter, spend your time on deeper structure with small worms, jigs and spoons. When the lake freezes over, try your luck at ice fishing. Largemouth bass also reside here in good numbers.

Fish species to fish for...

Guide to fishing for largemouth bass, channel catfish, black crappie, white crappie, walleye, bluegill, pumpkinseed sunfish, rock bass, yellow perch, muskie and tiger muskie at Foster Joseph Sayers Reservoir in Pennsylvania.

Foster Joseph Sayers Reservoir Fishing Video

Set along side Bald Eagle Mountain, Foster Joseph Sayers Reservoir is a 1,700-acre lake in the central part of PA. 23 miles of shoreline and a nice variety of fish species make this an ideal destination for your next fishing trip. As a warm-water fishery the lake features bass, crappie, catfish, bluegill, sunfish and perch. However the water does stay cool enough to support walleye, muskie and tiger muskie.

Foster Joseph Sayers Reservoir, located in Bald Eagle State Park, Pennsylvania, is a hidden gem for fishing enthusiasts seeking a peaceful and productive angling experience. Spanning over 1,730 acres, this picturesque reservoir offers excellent fishing opportunities for a variety of species. Anglers flock to Foster Joseph Sayers Reservoir to target popular fish such as largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, walleye, muskie, northern pike, and panfish like crappie and bluegill. The reservoir's diverse structure, including submerged vegetation, rocky points, and deep channels, provides an ideal habitat for these species, ensuring an exciting and rewarding fishing adventure.

Boating enthusiasts will find much to enjoy at Foster Joseph Sayers Reservoir. With its expansive waters and multiple boat launches, the reservoir is perfect for sailing, powerboating, kayaking, and canoeing. Boaters can explore the calm waters, venture into secluded coves, or even try their hand at water skiing and tubing.

Camping is a popular activity at Bald Eagle State Park, offering visitors the opportunity to extend their stay and fully immerse themselves in the tranquility of the area. The park provides various camping options, including tent and RV sites, as well as camping cottages for those seeking a more comfortable experience.

Whether fishing, boating, or camping, visitors to Foster Joseph Sayers Reservoir can immerse themselves in the serenity of the surroundings and create cherished memories in this natural oasis.

Most years, during winter, a section of the lake freezes enough to allow for ice fishing. When it does, there can be good fishing for largemouth bass, channel catfish, black crappie, white crappie, bluegill, pumpkinseed sunfish and yellow perch. Check with local officials regarding safe ice conditions. The lake employs no horsepower limits, so all boats are welcome. However, there is a speed limit of 45 mph on the water. Bring your bass boat, pontoon boat, pleasure boat, fishing boat, kayak or canoe and enjoy the scenery along with the fishing.

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Primary fish species residing in Sayers Lake

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Smallmouth bass Largemouth bass Channel catfish Black crappie White crappie Walleye Bluegill Pumpkinseed Rock Bass Yellow Perch Muskie Tiger muskie

Foster Joseph Sayers Reservoir 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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Fishing Boat Rentals

Boats and Bikes
Rentals: Fishing boats, kayaks, ski boats and pontoon boats
814 625-0060

Public Boat Launch Ramps & Landings

Bald Eagle Launch
This two-lane, concrete ramp with gravel parking for about two dozen vehicles with trailers, is located mid lake on the southeast side.

Lower Greens Run Boat Launch
Located on the northwest side of the lake, this is a one-lane, concrete ramp with a fair amount of gravel parking.

Winter Launch Ramp
Located on the southwest side of the lake, this is a two-lane, concrete ramp with a dock and sufficient gravel parking.

Fishing Guides On Foster Joseph Sayers Reservoir

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Fishing License

Click here for a Pennsylvania Fishing License.

Campgrounds & RV Parks Nearby

Russell P. Letterman Campground - 814 625-2775

Fort Bellefonte Campground - 814 355-9820

Foster Joseph Sayers Reservoir PA Map - Fishing & Camping

Contact Information

Foster Joseph Sayers Reservoir
Bald Eagle State Park
149 Main Park Road
Howard, PA 16841
814 625-2775


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Foster Joseph Sayers Reservoir in PA

Catfish, walleye, bass and crappie fishing in central PA.

Fishing at Foster Joseph Sayers Reservoir, in Pennsylvania.