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Typical Pennsylvania Fishing Lake

The state of Pennsylvania offers a wide variety of fishing opportunities. Here, you can fish for largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, channel catfish, flathead catfish, black crappie, white crappie, walleye, steelhead, rainbow trout, brook trout, brown trout, lake trout, bluegill, rock bass, white bass, white perch, yellow perch, coho salmon, chinook salmon, stripers, chain pickerel, muskie, northern pike and sauger in local lakes, rivers, ponds and/or streams.

Major Pennsylvania Lakes

Pennsylvania major lakes and fish chart

Lake & Fish Chart

This chart shows the major fishing waters in Pennsylvania, cross referencing these waters with the major types of fishing to be found in each of the lakes or impoundments. For a more complete list of fish species in PA, see the list below, which also includes state records.

Pennsylvania Fishing Lake Sizes & Locations

Big Pennsylvania Bass

Allegheny Reservoir is a 12,000-acre lake on the northern border of the state, at Warren, PA.

Beltzville Lake is a 950-acre lake in the northeast part of the state, 4 miles northeast of Lehighton, PA.

Blue Marsh Lake is an 1,150-acre lake in the east-central part of the state, at Mt Pleasant, PA.

Cowanesque Lake is a 1,085-acre lake on the north-central border of the state, at Lawrenceville, PA.

Duck Harbor Pond is a 280-acre lake in the northeast corner of Pennsylvania, 30 miles northeast of Scranton.

East Branch Clarion River Lake is a 640-acre reservoir at Elk State Park in the north-central part of PA, 5 miles northeast of Johnsonburg.

Foster Joseph Sayers Reservoir is a 1,700-acre reservoir located in the central part of the state, near Howard, PA.

Glendale Lake is a 1,600-acre lake in the central part of the state, at Fallentimber, PA.

High Point Reservoir is a 350-acre lake in the southwest part of the state, at Savage, PA.

Lake Arthur is a 3,200-acre lake in the west-central part of the state, at Muddy Creek, PA.

Lake Erie is a 9,910 sq-mile lake on the border of the state along the northwest corner of PA.

Lake Galena (Peace Valley Reservoir) is a 365-acre reservoir in the southeast part of the state, 3 miles west of Doylestown, PA.

Lake Marburg is a 1,275-acre lake in the south-central part of the state, at Hanover, PA.

Lake Nockamixon is a 1,450-acre impoundment in the southeast part of PA, 15 miles southeast of Allentown.

Lake Ontelaunee is a 1,100-acre reservoir in the southeast corner part of the state, 5 miles north of Reading, PA.

Lake Wallenpaupack is a 5,600-acre lake in the northeast part of the state, at Paupack, PA.

Lake Wilhelm is a 1,740 acre reservoir in the northwest corner of Pennsylvania, 10 miles south of Geneva.

Pinchot Lake is a 340-acre lake in the south-central part of the state, 5 miles east of Dillsburg, PA.

Pymatuning Lake is a 14,600-acre lake on the western border of the state, at Linesville, PA.

Raystown Lake is an 8,000-acre lake in the south-central part of the state, at Marklesburg, PA.

Rose Valley Lake is a 389-acre impoundment in the north-central part of PA, 20 miles north of Williamsport.

Shenango River Lake is an 11,000-acre lake in the northwest part of the state, at Clark, PA.

Tamarack Lake is a 560-acre lake in the northwest part of the state, at Meadville, PA.

Youghiogheny River Lake is a 2,800-acre lake in the southwest part of the state, at Markleysburg, PA.

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Fishing Boats In PA

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State of PA Fishing Information

A great deal of Pennsylvania fishing information is available at the Pennsylvania Fish & Boat Commission website. Click here for a Pennsylvania fishing license. Take the family out and enjoy the great outdoors in PA.

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Fish for big bass in Pennsylvania

Excellent largemouth bass and smallmouth bass fishing opportunities are readily available to anglers in PA.

Fish Species in Pennsylvania

Fishing for bass in Pennsylvania

Largemouth Bass

Largemouth bass

World record: 22 lbs 4 oz

PA State Record: 11 lbs 3 oz

Smallmouth Bass

Smallmouth bass

World record: 11 lbs 15 oz

PA State Record: 8 lbs 8 oz

Fishing for catfish in Pennsylvania

Channel Catfish

Channel catfish

World record: 58 lbs 0 oz

PA State Record: 35 lbs 2 oz

Flathead Catfish

Flathead catfish

World record: 123 lbs 9 oz

PA State Record: 48 lbs 6 oz

Fishing for crappie in Pennsylvania

Black Crappie

Black crappie

World record: 6 lbs 0 oz

PA State Record: 4 lbs 3 oz

White Crappie

White crappie

World record: 5 lbs 3 oz

PA State Record: Unknown

Fishing for walleye in Pennsylvania

Walleye

Walleye

World record: 25 lbs 0 oz

PA State Record: 17 lbs 9 oz

Fishing for steelhead in Pennsylvania

Steelhead Fishing

Steelhead

World record: 42 lbs 0 oz

PA State Record: 20 lbs 3 oz

Fishing for trout in Pennsylvania

Rainbow Trout

Rainbow trout

World record: 42 lbs 2 oz

PA State Record: 15 lbs 6 oz

Brook Trout

Brook trout

World record: 14 lbs 8 oz

PA State Record: 7 lbs 0 oz

Brown Trout

Brown trout

World record: 40 lbs 4 oz

PA State Record: 19 lbs 10 oz

Lake Trout

Lake trout

World record: 72 lbs 0 oz

PA State Record: 29 lbs 4 oz

Fishing for panfish in Pennsylvania

Bluegill

Bluegill

World record: 4 lbs 12 oz

PA State Record: 2 lbs 9 oz

Rock Bass

Rock bass

World record: 3.0 lbs

PA State Record: 3 lbs 2 oz

White Bass

White Bass

World record: 6.8 lbs

PA State Record: 3 lbs 14 oz

White Perch

White perch

World record: 4.6 lbs

PA State Record: 1 lbs 12 oz

Yellow Perch

Yellow perch

World record: 4 lbs 3 oz

PA State Record: 2 lbs 11 oz

Fishing for salmon in Pennsylvania

Chinook Salmon

Chinook salmon

World record: 97 lbs 4 oz

PA State Record: 28 lbs 15 oz

Coho Salmon

Coho salmon

World record: 33 lbs 7 oz

PA State Record: 15 lbs 5 oz

Fishing for striped bass in Pennsylvania

Striped Bass

Striper

Saltwater world record: 81 lbs 14 oz

PA State Record: 53 lbs 13 oz

Fishing for other species in Pennsylvania

Chain Pickerel

Chain pickerel

World record: 9 lbs 6 oz

PA State Record: 8 lbs 15 oz

Muskie

Muskie (Muskellunge)

World record: 69 lbs 9 oz

PA State Record: 54 lbs 3 oz

Northern Pike

Northern pike

World record: 55 lbs 1 oz

PA State Record: 35 lbs 0 oz

Sauger

Sauger

World record: 17 lbs 7 oz

PA State Record: 4 lbs 0 oz

By clicking on the images and links above, you will be taken to a page offering more information about the selected species.

Fishing information for each state.

 
All about fishing in Pennsylvania