Fishing


The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania is represented by this colored map.

Where to Fish

Use this chart to find a great lake or stream to fish in a state park.

 

Pennsylvania state parks provide almost unlimited opportunities for fishing and boating fun. Pennsylvania has giant lakes like Pymatuning (17,000 acres) down to small ponds set aside for children and ADA accessible fishing only. You can also fish in the Susquehanna or the Delaware rivers, and other major and minor rivers. Pennsylvania abounds in those small bodies of water called anything from streams, creeks, licks and runs. 

Remember these Important Rules

  • Know and obey the rules and regulations of the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission and the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, Bureau of State Parks.
  • All anglers 16 years and older must have a current Pennsylvania fishing license. Buy a license.
  • Boat operators are responsible for knowing the rules and regulations for watercraft in the areas that they boat, and are responsible for the actions of all people on board their boat. Children eight years and younger, and non-swimmers must wear life jackets when boating.
  • Please properly dispose of tangled fishing line to prevent wildlife from becoming trapped and injured. Please do not litter.

For complete fishing information visit the PA Fish and Boat Commission Web site.


Ice fishing has an allure all its own. Some say it's peaceful. Some say it's relaxing. Some say it's invigorating. Most say it's crazy. But there is nothing like walking on a frozen lake, carving a hole and pulling up elusive fish from the mysterious depths below. Pennsylvania state parks have many lakes for you to find the ice fishing hole for you.

Find out where to go with our weekly winter activities report, online from mid-December until spring thaw.

Remember these important rules:

  • Know and obey the rules and regulations of the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission and the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, Bureau of State Parks.
  • All anglers 16 years and older must have a current Pennsylvania fishing license.
  • Please properly dispose of tangled fishing line to prevent wildlife from becoming trapped and injured. Please do not litter.

For complete ice fishing information visit the PA Fish and Boat Commission Web site.

The parks listed here have lakes that typically freeze thick enough for ice fishing. For a listing of all fishing locations in PA state parks, explore the Fishing page.

Ice Fishing Safety

Please follow these general guidelines for a safe ice fishing adventure.

  • Four inches of solid ice is the minimum recommended thickness for a small group of several anglers. Use an auger to test the thickness of the ice before you go out on it.
  • Blue/black ice is stronger than milky white ice.
  • Perimeter ice is weaker due to shifting, expansion and sunlight reflecting off of the bottom. Avoid areas with protruding logs, brush, plants and docks. These structures can absorb heat, weakening the surrounding ice.
  • Changing air temperatures and standing water on ice can weaken and crack the ice. Single, unbroken pressure cracks in ice are probably safe to cross, but stay away from areas where cracks meet or intersect.
  • Venturing out on ice alone is not advisable. Take a friend along for fun and for safety.
  • Wear a PFD (life jacket).