Fishing Hotspots Across the State
Pennsylvania offers something for just about every type of angler. Fishing hotspots in PA can be found all across the state. Whether you like fishing for trout in small mountain streams or fishing big rivers for bass and walleyes, there is probably a Pennsylvania fishing hotspot nearby.
Water Conditions and Maps for Fishing in PA
To plan a fishing trip in PA or to learn a new lake in the state, you need good information about the conditions. Below you will find links to water conditions and lake maps for most fishing places in Pennsylvania.
Pennsylvania Fishing Hotspots
Here are the best PA fishing hotspots across different species. Use the species filter on the left to narrow your search and click on map markers to view more information about the waterway.
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Raystown Lake Bass Fishing Catching Fire - 8/19/2019
Reports from Raystown Lake, which is located in Huntingdon County, are that the bass fishing is starting to really pick up. Largemouths and smallmouths are being caught in the 10- to 20-foot range throughout the lake. The key is to find these depths that also have underlying grass present. Fish a crankbait to the top of the grass and hold on! Basic colors are working such as silver and shad colors. Stripers are also being caught if you can find them. Live bait and droppers are always good choices.
Warm Water Puts Slow Down on Trout Fishing - 8/4/2019
Summer finally arrived and the warm weather and absent cool evenings it brought to the Keystone State has put basically an end to summer trout fishing. The special regulation areas are the main focus where holdover and natural reproducing trout are present. Warm water is a hardship for trout. They move into survival mode which means less feeding and moving around. Fighting a fish in these conditions can kill the fish even after release. They are unable to recover after being caught with the water temperatures in most Pennsylvania trout streams above 70 degrees. It is best to leave these stream alone until cool nights return in order to protect the resource.