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Guide to fishing for largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, channel catfish, white catfish, white crappie, bluegill, white perch and yellow perch at Octoraro Lake in Pennsylvania.

Octoraro Lake, PA

Home to numerous bass tournaments, Octoraro Lake is a 620-acre lake near the southern border of the state. Much of the 10 miles of shoreline is accessible for bank fishing. Two boat launch ramps serve boaters. The lake is restricted to electric motors only, and is popular for kayaking, canoeing, sailing, and in winter ice boating. Bass, catfish, crappie, muskie and sunfish are popular species, most of which can also be caught in winter - ice fishing.

The purpose of this page is to deliver an overview of this lake, the fishing options, and area amenities. Our goal is to provide info to first time visitors, as well as beginner and novice anglers. We gathered details from personal experience, numerous trusted websites, and videos of fishing activity on the lake. These websites include the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission, marinas at the lake, campgrounds, boat rental agencies and others. By consolidating this information to one page it allows visitors to see the entire picture, all in one place.

Octoraro Lake, located in Octoraro Lake Recreation Area in southeastern Pennsylvania, is a hidden gem for fishing enthusiasts seeking a serene angling experience. Spanning over 600 acres, this picturesque lake offers excellent fishing opportunities for a variety of species. Anglers are drawn to Octoraro Lake to target popular fish such as largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, crappie, walleye, channel and white catfish, and panfish like bluegill and perch. The lake's diverse underwater structure, including submerged vegetation, rocky areas, and drop-offs, provides a thriving habitat for these species, ensuring an exciting and rewarding fishing adventure.

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Octoraro Lake, with its diverse fish species, boating opportunities, and camping amenities, offers a serene retreat for outdoor enthusiasts in Pennsylvania. Whether one seeks a rewarding fishing experience, a leisurely boating adventure, or a peaceful camping getaway, Octoraro Lake and Octoraro Lake Recreation Area provide an ideal setting to connect with nature and enjoy the serenity of this picturesque destination.

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Primary fish species residing in Octoraro Lake

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Largemouth bass Smallmouth bass Channel catfish White Catfish White Crappie Bluegill White Perch Yellow Perch

Octoraro Lake Amenities

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

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Boating is a popular activity on Octoraro Lake, providing visitors with the opportunity to explore its tranquil waters and access prime fishing spots. The lake allows for electric-powered boats, creating a peaceful and eco-friendly boating experience. Boaters can bring their own vessels or rent boats from nearby marinas. Whether sailing, kayaking, or canoeing, boaters can navigate through the lake's calm waters, discover hidden coves, and enjoy the scenic beauty of the surrounding landscape.

Fishing Boat Rentals

Jim Neary's Bait & Tackle
Rentals: Motorboats, rowboats, canoes and kayaks
717 529-2488


Jim Neary's Bait & Tackle
212 Spruce Grove Rd
Kirkwood, PA 17536
717 529-2488

Public Boat Launch Ramps & Landings

Octoraro Lake Boat Launch
Located in the northwest corner of the lake, off Spruce Cove Road, this is a two-lane, gravel ramp with docks and gravel parking.

Click here for a Pennsylvania Fishing License.

Camping options are available within Octoraro Lake Recreation Area, allowing visitors to fully immerse themselves in the natural beauty of the area. The recreation area offers both tent and RV camping sites, as well as cabins for those seeking a more comfortable experience. Camping at Octoraro Lake provides the opportunity to wake up to the sounds of nature, enjoy lakeside activities, and relax in the peaceful ambiance of the park.

Campgrounds & RV Parks Nearby

Oma's Family Campground - 717 529-2020

Octoraro Lake PA Map - Fishing & Camping Areas

Contact Information

Octoraro Lake
Jim Neary's Bait & Tackle
212 Spruce Grove Road
Kirkwood, PA 17536
717 529-2488


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