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All about fishing for Atlantic, chinook, chum, coho, kokanee, pink and sockeye salmon in PA.

Salmon fishing in Pennsylvania

Lake Erie, Lake Wallenpaupack and Raystown Lake are the primary lakes for salmon fishing in PA, Tributary rivers flowing into these lakes are also likely to contain salmon, especially during the spawn.

The PA state record atlantic salmon was caught out of Raystown Lake and Lake Erie gave up the Pennsylvania state record coho salmon and chinook salmon (king salmon). Elk Creek was home to the PA state record pink salmon (humpback salmon).

About The Pacific Salmon Family

Pacific Salmon are born in and remain in freshwater streams for the early years of life. The number varies by species. Afterward they migrate to the Pacific Ocean waters where they bulk up and prepare for their once in a lifetime spawning run up the freshwater stream where they were born. They will instinctively return to their birthplace, spawn and die. They are found in the streams which empty into the ocean, and adjoining ocean waters.

The preferred method for catching salmon is fly fishing. Depending on the activity level, salmon may be caught on wet or dry flies. For more details check here for articles about fly fishing.

Salmon Organizations

Atlantic Salmon Federation

Atlantic Salmon Trust

Atlantic Salmon Museum

Pacific Salmon Commission

Pacific Salmon Foundation

Pennsylvania Salmon Fishing

The preferred method for catching salmon is fly fishing. Depending on the activity level, salmon may be caught on wet or dry flies, as well as a variety of other lures and baits.

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

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

Salmon fishing waters and information, by state.


Learn the life cycle of salmon

The more you know about the life cycle and seasonal migration of salmon, the more likely you are to be looking in the right area next time you visit Pennsylvania salmon fishing waters. Visit the salmon fishing page for more information about the life cycle of the different species of salmon.

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Best salmon fishing waters in Pennsylvania!