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Ideas and locations to take kids fishing in PA.

By AA-Fishing Staff Writers

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The purpose of this page is to share the basics about taking kids fishing and tips to make it fun by keeping it simple. Fishing and the great outdoors offers kids an alternative to many influences they encounter in their busy lives today. A single fishing trip could be the turning point in a young life, and we encourage you to invest the time in Pennsylvania kids. The rewards are endless and it takes so little effort.

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Pennsylvania offers excellent opportunities for kids to discover the joys of fishing and develop a lifelong passion for the sport. With a variety of fish species and family-friendly fishing locations, kids can have memorable fishing experiences across the state.

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When it comes to fish species, Pennsylvania's lakes, rivers, and ponds are home to a wide range of fish that are ideal for kids to target. Panfish species such as bluegill, sunfish, and crappie are abundant and provide exciting action for young anglers. These fish can be found in many urban fishing locations, making them easily accessible to families.

Ice fishing is a unique winter activity that can captivate the interest of kids. Pennsylvania's frozen lakes and reservoirs offer safe and controlled environments for ice fishing adventures. While targeting species like yellow perch or crappie, kids can experience the thrill of drilling holes in the ice, setting up their fishing gear, and patiently waiting for a bite. Ice fishing provides a hands-on experience and can be a great way for kids to learn about the winter ecology of fish and their habitats.

Pennsylvania also boasts urban fishing locations that are ideal for families with young anglers. These urban fishing spots are often conveniently located in or near cities and provide easy access for families to enjoy a day of fishing. Many of these locations are stocked with fish, ensuring a higher chance of success for young anglers. Popular urban fishing spots in Pennsylvania include Ridley Creek State Park, John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge, and Schuylkill River Trail.

To make the fishing experience more enjoyable and accessible for kids, it is important to ensure they have the right equipment. Using age-appropriate fishing gear, such as lightweight rods and reels, makes it easier for kids to handle and cast their lines. Additionally, providing a variety of bait options, such as worms or small artificial lures, can increase the excitement and engagement of young anglers.

Pennsylvania's diverse fishing opportunities and urban fishing locations make it a fantastic destination for kids to discover the joys of fishing. Whether they are casting for panfish, trying their hand at ice fishing, or exploring urban fishing spots, young anglers can create lasting memories and develop a lifelong love for the sport. Fishing provides a chance for kids to connect with nature, learn about aquatic ecosystems, and enjoy quality time with their families in Pennsylvania's beautiful outdoor settings.

Places in Pennsylvania to take kids fishing

Consider these small lakes, ponds, creeks and urban fishing locations as places to take a kid fishing in the Keystone State.

- Ridley Creek State Park

- Chautauqua Park
- Fairview Gravel Pits
- Four Mile Creek
- Holland Street Pier
- Lawrence Park
- Presque Isle State Park
- West Canal Basin

- Fords Lake
- Lackawanna State Park

- Conewago Creek
- Speedwell Forge Lake

- Tamarack Lake

Mt Pleasant
- Blue Marsh Lake

- High Point Reservoir

- Frances Slocum State Park
- Harvey's Lake
- Susquehanna River

- Fairmount Park
- Fairmont Park

Top 3 tips for taking kids fishing in PA

1. Make sure that the goal is to have fun. Catching fish is a bonus.

2. Keep it simple. Simple tackle, techniques and locations.

3. Keep the focus on the kids. Be a hero by helping them enjoy the day.

Click here for additional tips to create a successful day of fishing for kids.

Youngsters with their prized catch

Ainsley Baird with her first fish

Ainsley Baird - age 3 of Robinson, Pennsylvania with her first fish.

Colin Boyer with a PA bass and trout
Two-year old Colin Boyer shows off his first bass and his first trout!

Lauren with her first fish

Lauren Pelkofer with her first fish.

Elizabeth Knoll, eight years old caught this 5 lbs 8 oz bass while fishing with her buddy and Grandfather "Gramps" on Boulder Lake, PA. The bait and technique is a sworn secrete between her and Gramps. It was released to fight another day.

Jon Michael's Palamino (Golden) Trout

Jon Michael Williams, age 7, shows off one of 3 palomino (or golden) trout he has landed in his short fishing career.

PA Trout

Jon Michael Williams, now age 8, with another nice fish.

Five-year old John Michael Williams with a nice stringer of trout. Thanks to his dad John for taking him fishing. Many thanks to Pennsylvania for creating a beautiful fishing spot for children and the handicapped at Deer Creek in Pulsaki Township.

Kids, fishing and smiles naturally go together. Take a kid fishing and you just might change the course of their life. Then take pictures and send us one of them holding their prized catch. We will happily post it here.

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Kids fishing locations and information, by state.

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Help us identify other youth fishing spots in PA.

If you are aware of a great place to take kids fishing in your area, please let us know. We can add it to our list. Every kid that catches a fish will appreciate the fact that you made the effort.