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Popular Fish Species Rose Valley Lake, PA

Rose Valley Lake Popular Fish - Largemouth Bass

Largemouth Bass Fishing

Rose Valley Lake offers year-round fishing for largemouth bass. Many quality bass roam Rose Valley Lake thanks to excellent fisheries management by the Pennsylvania Fish & Boat Commission. The fishery offers the 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 Rose Valley Lake on deeper structure where the bass spend much of their time. Smallmouth bass also reside here in good numbers.

Rose Valley Lake Popular Fish - Yellow Perch

Yellow Perch Fishing

Rose Valley Lake continues to have a very healthy population of yellow perch, which have been a mainstay in the fishery for decades. Yellow perch are great table fare, and are a food source for many predator fish in the lake as well. 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.

Rose Valley Lake Popular Fish - Chain Pickerel

Chain Pickerel Fishing

Chain pickerel prefer to weedy areas of lakes and rivers. They ambush baitfish and sunfish which requires cover for them to hide within. Submerged aquatic vegetation, brush, fallen tree limbs, or structures such as rock piles, bridge pilings, rip-rap, or debris.​ Rose Valley Lake has a very healthy population of these toothy critters, awaiting anglers wanting a thrill. Unlike many freshwater fish species, chain pickerel do not school up. They tend to be loners. Once you catch one, find other, spots with similar cover and depth to fish. Flashy spoons, live minnows, and bait-imitating crankbaits all work well. For added excitement, try fishing topwater lures over vegetation areas. Topwater lures that mimic wounded baitfish are very tempting to these predators.

Fish species to fish for...

Guide to fishing for largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, black crappie, walleye, bluegill, pumpkinseed sunfish, rock bass, yellow perch, chain pickerel and muskie at Rose Valley Lake in Pennsylvania.

Located in the north central part of the state, Rose Valley Lake is an ideal lake for anglers who enjoy serenity while fishing. Boating is limited to non-powered boats or boats powered by electric motors. Kayaks, canoes and row boats are great for this easily-navigated reservoir. The lake is annually stocked with walleye, and has natural populations of bass, crappie, sunfish, muskie and chain pickerel.

Rose Valley Lake Fishing Video

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Rose Valley Lake, located in Lycoming County, Pennsylvania, is a hidden gem for fishing enthusiasts seeking a peaceful angling experience. Spanning over 389 acres, this picturesque lake offers excellent fishing opportunities for a variety of species. Anglers are drawn to Rose Valley Lake to target popular fish such as largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, crappie, yellow perch, catfish, and sunfish. The lake's diverse underwater structure, including submerged vegetation, rocky areas, and fallen trees, provides a thriving habitat for these species, ensuring an exciting and rewarding fishing adventure.

Rose Valley Lake, with its diverse fish species, non-motorized boating opportunities, and camping facilities, offers a peaceful retreat for outdoor enthusiasts in Pennsylvania. Whether one seeks a rewarding fishing experience, a leisurely paddle on the lake, or a serene camping getaway, Rose Valley Lake provides an ideal setting to connect with nature and enjoy the tranquility of this scenic destination.

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Primary fish species residing in Rose Valley Lake

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Largemouth bass Smallmouth bass Black crappie Walleye Bluegill Pumpkinseed Rock Bass Yellow Perch Chain pickerel Muskie

Rose Valley Lake Amenities

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

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While Rose Valley Lake does not permit motorized boats, it offers a serene setting for non-motorized watercraft. Anglers can bring their kayaks, canoes, or rowboats to explore the lake's calm waters and reach secluded fishing spots. The absence of motorized boats creates a tranquil atmosphere, allowing visitors to enjoy the serenity of their surroundings and immerse themselves in the natural beauty of Rose Valley Lake.

Public Boat Launch Ramps & Landings

Rose Valley Lake Boat Ramp, East
Located mid lake on the east side of the lake, this is a two-lane, concrete boat ramp with paved parking for twenty vehicles with boat trailers.

Rose Valley Lake Boat Ramp, North
Located at the north end of the lake, this is a two-lane, concrete boat ramp with paved parking for twenty-five vehicles with boat trailers.

Rose Valley Lake Boat Ramp, South
Located on the south end of the lake, this is a two-lane, concrete boat ramp with paved parking for twenty vehicles with boat trailers.

Fishing Guides On Rose Valley Lake

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Fishing License

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Camping options are available near Rose Valley Lake, providing visitors with the opportunity to extend their stay and fully embrace the outdoor experience. The lake is surrounded by a beautiful state forest, offering campsites for tents and small RVs.

Campgrounds & RV Parks Nearby

Sheshequin RV Park & Campground - 570 995-9230

Rose Valley Lake PA Map - Fishing & Camping Areas

Contact Information

Rose Valley Lake
PA Boat & Fish Commission
877 707-4085


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Rose Valley Lake in Pennsylvania.

Muskie, pike, walleye and perch fishing in north-central PA.

Fishing at Rose Valley Lake, in Pennsylvania.