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Lake Nockamixon, PA

Popular Fish Species Lake Nockamixon, PA

Lake Nockamixon Popular Fish - Largemouth Bass

Largemouth Bass

Considered by many as the premiere bass fishing lake in the state, Lake Nockamixon offers exceptionally good fishing for largemouth bass. Many big bass roam the waters of Lake Nockamixon, thanks to healthy schools of gizzard shad and alewives, and excellent fisheries management by the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission, as well as the availability of extensive cover for both baitfish and bass. When the bite is good, bass typically move shallow and are quite aggressive. If you find them shallow and they are not tempted to bite, slow down and use smaller, lighter baits. Fishing for largemouth bass is good virtually any time they are shallow - in spring, mornings in summer, and during warm Fall afternoons. Use shallow crankbaits around rip rap. 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 fishing Lake Nockamixon on deeper structure where the bass spend much of their time.

Lake Nockamixon Popular Fish - Smallmouth Bass

Smallmouth Bass

Smallmouth bass are also caught in fewer numbers at Lake Nockamixon, but they still put on a spectacular show when hooked. Fishing for smallmouth bass is good anytime they are shallow - in spring, during high water, mornings in summer and during warmer fall afternoons. Use shallow crankbaits around rip rap, and around grass use worms, jigs, topwater and spinnerbaits. In winter, spend your time on deeper structure with small worms, jigs and spoons.

Lake Nockamixon Popular Fish - Channel Catfish

Channel Catfish

Again this year a healthy population of channel cats roam the waters of Lake Nockamixon, and can be found all around the lake. In Spring channel cats migrate toward incoming water, so stay up river away from the main lake. Night fishing for channel catfish often delivers better results than fishing during the day. In early summer look for rocky banks, the bigger the rocks the better. In summer and winter deeper structure is where to look. The river end of the lake is often the area where the bigger catfish are caught. Fishing for channel catfish is often productive around any kind of structure in the area. Road beds, creek channels and rocky points are all good places to begin. Use a slip sinker or Carolina rig with popular catfish baits. Flathead catfish and blue catfish also reside in the lake and fishing for them is often good as well.

Fish species to fish for...

Guide to fishing for largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, channel catfish, white catfish, black crappie, white crappie, walleye, bluegill, pumpkinseed sunfish, white perch, yellow perch, hybrid striped bass, chain pickerel and tiger muskie at Lake Nockamixon in Pennsylvania.

Located one hour north of Philadelphia, Lake Nockamixon is a 1,450-acre impoundment with a nice variety of fish species. Perch, crappie, bass, catfish, walleye, chain pickerel, sunfish and muskie all thrive here. The lake had a 20-hp limit for boat motors which keeps boat traffic in check for those who prefer peaceful serenity while fishing.

Lake Nockamixon, located in Nockamixon State Park in Pennsylvania, is a renowned destination for fishing enthusiasts seeking an exceptional angling experience. With a sprawling surface area of 1,450 acres, this expansive lake offers excellent fishing opportunities for a wide range of species. Anglers are drawn to Lake Nockamixon to target popular fish such as largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, striped bass, walleye, muskellunge, catfish, and panfish like crappie and bluegill. The lake's diverse underwater structure, including submerged vegetation, rocky areas, and submerged points, provides an ideal habitat for these species, ensuring an exciting and rewarding fishing adventure.

Lake Nockamixon, with its diverse fish species, boating opportunities, and camping amenities, offers a remarkable destination for outdoor enthusiasts in Pennsylvania. Whether one seeks a rewarding fishing experience, an exhilarating boating adventure, or a peaceful camping getaway, Lake Nockamixon and Nockamixon State Park provide an ideal setting to connect with nature and enjoy the serenity of this scenic destination.

Sail boats, canoes, kayaks and small fishing boats are the norm here. There are areas of the lake accessible for shoreline fishing - some via hiking trails around the lake. Ice fishing in winter is allowed when safe ice conditions permit, and can be good for largemouth bass and chain pickerel..

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Primary fish species residing in Lake Nockamixon

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Largemouth bass Smallmouth bass Channel catfish White catfish Black crappie White crappie Walleye Bluegill Pumpkinseed White Perch Yellow Perch Striped bass Hybrid Striped Bass Chain pickerel Tiger muskie

Lake Nockamixon Amenities

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

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Boating is a favorite activity on Lake Nockamixon, offering visitors the chance to explore its vast waters and access prime fishing spots. The lake permits motorized boats, making it suitable for powerboating, sailing, and water skiing. Boaters can launch their own vessels at the lake's multiple boat ramps or rent boats from the marina. Navigating through the lake's tranquil waters, exploring its secluded coves, or simply enjoying a relaxing cruise while admiring the natural beauty of the surrounding park are all possible on Lake Nockamixon.

Fishing Boat Rentals

Nockamixon Boat Rental
Rentals: Electric motor fishing boats and kayaks
215 538-1340


Nockamixon Boat Rental
1542 Mountain View Dr
Quakertown, PA 18951
215 538-1340

Public Boat Launch Ramps & Landings

Haycock Boat Launch
Located in Nockamixon State Park, in the northwest corner of the lake, this is a three-lane, concrete boat launch ramp with plenty of paved parking.

Three Mile Run Boat Access
This is a two-lane, concrete ramp with a dock and limited parking. It is located in the southeast corner of the lake.

Fishing Guides On Lake Nockamixon, PA

Awgul Fishing Guides - bass

DS Guide Service - bass

If you offer fishing guide services on this lake, please contact us for a free listing, to be posted here.

Lake Nockamixon Fishing Video
Fishing License

Click here for a Pennsylvania Fishing License.

Camping options are available within Nockamixon State Park, allowing visitors to fully immerse themselves in the outdoor experience. The park offers tent and RV camping sites, as well as cabins for those seeking more comfortable accommodations. Camping at Lake Nockamixon allows visitors to wake up to the sounds of nature, enjoy lakeside activities, and savor the serene ambiance of the park.

Campgrounds & RV Parks Nearby

Tohickon Family Campground - 215 536-7951

Little Red Barn Campground - 215 536-3357

Lake Towhee Camp Grounds - 215 757-0571

Lake Nockamixon PA Map - Fishing & Camping Areas

Contact Information

Lake Nockamixon
Nockamixon State Park
1542 Mountain View Dr
Quakertown, PA 18995
215 529-7300


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Lake Nockamixon in Pennsylvania.

Bass, crappie, perch and catfish fishing in southeast PA.

Fishing at Lake Nockamixon, in Pennsylvania.