Man in canoe holding large brown troutSome of the best fishing to be found anywhere in the state can be found on state forest lands.  From the sparkling cold headwater streams in the mountain regions where native brook trout thrive to the lakes and ponds of the Pocono region to the famous fly hatches on Penns Creek, fishing opportunities abound in almost all twenty state forests.

The abundance of streams, ponds and lakes found in state forests supply opportunities for cold-water and warm-water fishing. State forests have some of the most pristine waters in the Commonwealth and they support abundant fish life. The Department of Environmental Protection classifies 2,970 miles of waterways as high quality and 626 miles of waterways are classified as exceptional value. In addition the Fish and Boat Commission classifies 207 miles as wilderness trout streams.

View a video about fishing for wild brook trout.

Download a PDF summary factsheet. For information on fishing opportunities within each state forest please visit Find a Forest.

All Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission rules and regulations apply on state forest lands.  For more information on fishing please visit the the Fish and Boat Commission home page.