Bass Fishing Pennsylvania
Season and Creel Limits
January 1st - April 15th and November 1st - December 31
Rivers and Streams
January 1st - April 15th and October 1st - December 31
No harvest April 16th - June 17th
Bass Species in Pennsylvania
Largemouth (Micropterus salmoides) and Smallmouth (Micropterus dolomieu) Bass share many of the same waterways in Pennsylvania. However, the habitats they occupy vary. Smallmouths prefer flowing water characterized by rocky bottoms whereas largemouth bass thrive in warmwaters characterized by soft bottoms, aquatic weeds and static water.
Largemouth Bass spawn in spring and early summer when water temperature reach 60 degrees for at least 3 days. Similar conditions initiate smallmouth spawning though they are usually done spawning by early summer. Both species will feed on other fish species and aquatic insects but largemouth are more predatory than its cousin, taking frogs, snakes and larger fish species. Smallmouths predominately feed on crayfish, and aquatic insects.
The Spotted Bass (Micropterus punctulatus) and Rock Bass (Ambloplites rupestris) are other bass species found in Pennsylvania. The Spotted Bass is uncommon in Pennsylvania, found mostly in the Ohio Watershed. Rock Bass are found throughout the state in rocky waterways and are distinguishable by its bright red eyes. Finally both landlocked and marine Striped Bass (Morone saxatilis) occupy state waters and hybrid forms offer exciting angling opportunites in lakes such as Raystown Lake.
Smallmouth Bass - Scotts Run Lake, Berks Co. (8lbs, 8oz.)
Largemouth Bass - Birch Run Reservoir, Adams Co. (11lbs, 3oz.)
Rock Bass - Elk Creek, Elk Co. (3lbs, 2oz.)
Striped Bass (Landlocked) - Raystown Lake, Huntingdon Co. (53lbs, 12oz.)
Striped Bass (Marine) - Delaware River, Delaware Co. (53lbs, 13oz.)
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