Pennsylvania Fishing Charters

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Top Pennsylvania Destinations

Pennsylvania: 45 fishing charters available
Excellent
4.9 / 5
(38 reviews)
Erie
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trips from US $725
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(31 reviews)
Towanda
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trips from US $150
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(113 reviews)
Erie
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trips from US $650
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(15 reviews)
Erie
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trips from US $700
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(8 reviews)
Wrightsville
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trips from US $400
Excellent
4.8 / 5
(94 reviews)
Erie
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trips from US $300
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(65 reviews)
Erie
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trips from US $500
Excellent
4.9 / 5
(74 reviews)
Erie
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trips from US $240
Excellent
4.9 / 5
(22 reviews)
Fairview
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trips from US $450
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(3 reviews)
Hummels Wharf
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trips from US $350

Frequently Asked Questions about Fishing Charters in Pennsylvania

According to customer reviews, some of the most popular fishing charters in Pennsylvania are: Full list of top fishing charters in Pennsylvania

The average price for a private 4 hour Pennsylvania fishing trip is US $500, while an 8 hour private trip will cost you US $607 based on prices on FishingBooker.com.

Fishing charters in Pennsylvania that received great reviews from families are:

The top 3 fish species targeted on guided fishing trips in Pennsylvania are:

The top 3 fishing techniques in Pennsylvania are:

The top 3 types of fishing in Pennsylvania are:

Many fishing charters in Pennsylvania provide rods, reels and tackle. Some of the top rated are:

According to customer reviews on FishingBooker.com, some of the best rated charter captains in Pennsylvania are:

Who are the top awarded captains in Pennsylvania?

Some of the fishing trips offered by fishing charters in Pennsylvania are:
  • 2-hour fishing trips – US $300
  • 3-hour fishing trips – US $150
  • 4-hour fishing trips – US $429
  • 5-hour fishing trips – US $595
  • 6-hour fishing trips – US $542
  • 7-hour fishing trips – US $729
  • 8-hour fishing trips – US $561
  • 10-hour fishing trips – US $650

Fishing in Pennsylvania

A Pennsylvania fishing experience will get you hooked! With 4,000 inland lakes and ponds and 85,000 miles of streams and rivers, the Keystone State has everything a freshwater angler dreams of. To top it all off, Pennsylvania features over 70 miles of coastline on Lake Erie, which means there’s plenty of opportunities to indulge in a Great Lakes fishing adventure.
 

Where to go

With endless streams, creeks, and lakes across the state, it’s hard to find a place where you can’t fish. To make your search for the perfect trip easier, we recommend river fishing at Harrisburg and lake fishing at Erie.
 

River Fishing

The Susquehanna River is the largest river on the East Coast, which connects many smaller rivers and creeks. The river is well-known for a great deal of Smallmouth Bass and is also filled with plenty of Walleye, Catfish, and smaller Panfish. Every serious fly fisherman knows that it can hardly get any better than targeting Trout in this area. Whether you’re out to get Brown, Lake, or Steelhead Trout, you only need to focus on streams and creeks that bring extra cold water. 
 
If you’re a beginner, you can start with spots full of stocked Trout, since they’re easy to fool and will bite more often than wild Trout. If you’re interested in targeting Carp, visit in spring during their spawning season. For all night-owl anglers out there, catfishing is the best in early spring.
 

Lake Erie

You’ll find that winter and spring are slow on Lake Erie – the real action begins when it gets warmer. When the temperature rises, the fish move to deeper waters, and this happens to be the perfect time for targeting trophy Walleye. Salmon and Steelhead are usually caught with downriggers, while Perch is best to target by bottom fishing, using live minnows as bait. Lake Erie also has an incredible population of Smallmouth Bass, which is slowly becoming a very popular target for fly fishing.
 

Regulations

  • All anglers 16 and older need a valid Pennsylvania fishing license. You can purchase your license online or at License Issuing Agents, County Treasurer offices, or Fish & Boat Commission offices.
  • If you’re fishing in Lake Erie, you’ll also need a Lake Erie stamp. 
  • If you’re targeting Trout species, it’s necessary to get a Trout stamp. You may also use the combo Erie/Trout stamp.
 
Whether you prefer fishing in the lake or river, Pennsylvania will deliver. Choose your trip and get ready for an amazing freshwater adventure!
 
Pennsylvania
Excellent
4.9 / 5
Based on 28528 reviews by FishingBooker anglers

Pennsylvania Fishing Seasons

January
Lake Erie is full of ice dunes, so you won’t be heading out on a boat anytime soon. Ice fishing is usually possible on Presque Isle Bay. You can target Steelhead at the mouths of tributaries.
 
February
Fishing is better in the rivers, especially in the areas protected from the main current. This can help you locate Walleye and Yellow Perch.
 
March
Fishing in the creeks close to Lake Erie will take you to some of the densest populations of wild Brown Trout in the state. Northern Pike is available in good numbers.
 
April
With spring comes the Carp spawning season, and they’re present in huge numbers. Early season Walleye is present in the lake, especially during the night.
 
May
Besides Carp, you’ll also have great chances when targeting Steelhead or Northern Pike. Catfish are preparing to spawn and they’re showing up in higher numbers.
 
June
June is the best time to target Catfish as their spawning season begins. They’re usually active during the night. If you want to catch them on a day trip, check shallow and muddy waters.
 
July
The peak season for Walleye kicks in as temperatures rise. The fish will move into deeper waters, searching for colder spots.
 
August
One of the best gems of Pennsylvania, Smallmouth Bass, reach their peak in August. It’s better to target them in the rivers and creeks, rather than the lakes.
 
September
Bass feed ferociously in fall, so you can still expect great fishing for them. As their bait moves, they tend to follow them to shallower water. 
 
October
This is a popular time to target Salmon and Steelhead just off the mouths of the tributaries. Yellow Perch and Bass fishing are still great.
 
November
As the weather gets colder, fishing at Lake Erie slows down and the main action moves back to the rivers. Trout and Bass fishing are still good.
 
December
In winter, Lake Erie freezes over and there’s not a lot of action underneath the ice. You’ll have the best chances of targeting Steelhead with a professional guide.
 

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What anglers said about fishing in Pennsylvania

Be ready for a truly off shore experience! My first time on a Great Lake and was totally in awe of its massive size!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Be ready for a truly off shore experience! My first time on a Great Lake and was totally in awe of its massive size!
Hammertime Sportfishing
Hammertime Sportfishing
Fall trip leads to monster flatheads, dress warm the weather can turn after dark
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Fall trip leads to monster flatheads, dress warm the weather can turn after dark
Predator Getter Outdoors
Predator Getter Outdoors Houston, Texas
Make sure you check weather conditions. Can change quick and doesn't always match the forecast.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Make sure you check weather conditions. Can change quick and doesn't always match the forecast.
D.D. Rod Father Sportfishing
D.D. Rod Father Sportfishing Irwin, Pennsylvania
If you go out with Capt Todd your arms will be very sore the next day. Non stop fish on. Best day of fishing in my life.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
If you go out with Capt Todd your arms will be very sore the next day. Non stop fish on. Best day of fishing in my life.
Pacifictime Sportfishing
Pacifictime Sportfishing Dallas, PA
Be mindful of the wind as too much wind will cause you not to be able to fish.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Be mindful of the wind as too much wind will cause you not to be able to fish.
Dog's Life Sport Fishing
Dog's Life Sport Fishing Amherst, VA
Be aware that the weather in July can be fickle. Unfortunately for our schedules the lake tells you when you can fish, but don't let that discourage you, the walleye are worth it!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Be aware that the weather in July can be fickle. Unfortunately for our schedules the lake tells you when you can fish, but don't let that discourage you, the walleye are worth it!
Relentless Pursuit Lake Erie Charters
Relentless Pursuit Lake Erie Charters New Columbia, PA
I was able to stay busy all day catching smallmouth and largemouth bass, along with the occasional bluegill. If you're looking for a fun day on the water, this is a good spot to go fishing.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
I was able to stay busy all day catching smallmouth and largemouth bass, along with the occasional bluegill. If you're looking for a fun day on the water, this is a good spot to go fishing.
Shallow Water Fishing Adventures—PA
Shallow Water Fishing Adventures—PA Port Huron, MI
This is the way to go. Nothing to stress about or supply. Just have your license in order and show up on time for a great day. We three limited out on walleyes and Jamie and James, his mate and son, filleted everything up afterwards.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
This is the way to go. Nothing to stress about or supply. Just have your license in order and show up on time for a great day. We three limited out on walleyes and Jamie and James, his mate and son, filleted everything up afterwards.
Riptide Fishing Charters
Riptide Fishing Charters
First timers better be ready to catch a lot of fish when fishing in Lake Erie!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
First timers better be ready to catch a lot of fish when fishing in Lake Erie!
Dog's Life Sport Fishing
Dog's Life Sport Fishing Fombell, PA
A quality fishing experience for some the best eating fresh water fish anywhere.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
A quality fishing experience for some the best eating fresh water fish anywhere.
Relentless Pursuit Lake Erie Charters
Relentless Pursuit Lake Erie Charters Shinglehouse, PA
The fish were shallower than captain expected.once targeted the fishing was good till we started west then fishing slowed down.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
The fish were shallower than captain expected.once targeted the fishing was good till we started west then fishing slowed down.
Pacifictime Sportfishing
Pacifictime Sportfishing Petrolia, PA
Call Captain Lynn Nickeson and he will put you exactly where you need to be on the river to catch fish until your arms hurt.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Call Captain Lynn Nickeson and he will put you exactly where you need to be on the river to catch fish until your arms hurt.
Endless Mountains Guide Service
Endless Mountains Guide Service Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Book a trip with Captain Lynn. Endless Mountain Guide! Can’t go wrong and will have a day to remember.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Book a trip with Captain Lynn. Endless Mountain Guide! Can’t go wrong and will have a day to remember.
Endless Mountains Guide Service
Endless Mountains Guide Service North Wales, PA
Beautiful scenery!! Caught lots of fish. Had a wonderful time. We will definitely be returning!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Beautiful scenery!! Caught lots of fish. Had a wonderful time. We will definitely be returning!
Endless Mountains Guide Service
Endless Mountains Guide Service North Wales, PA
Do your research but definitely recommend Captain dawn of you want to catch the big fish!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Do your research but definitely recommend Captain dawn of you want to catch the big fish!
D.D. Rod Father Sportfishing
D.D. Rod Father Sportfishing Ephrata, Pennsylvania
Show up early on weekend because there is a line to get into marina we were in line for 45 minutes
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Show up early on weekend because there is a line to get into marina we were in line for 45 minutes
Old Timer Charters – Lake Erie
Old Timer Charters – Lake Erie Gordon, PA
We caught limit, water was perfect temp per Captain Ross. He used a fish finder and we fished not far from shore. We trolled, he had several kinds of bait and lures.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
We caught limit, water was perfect temp per Captain Ross. He used a fish finder and we fished not far from shore. We trolled, he had several kinds of bait and lures.
Barr None Fishing
Barr None Fishing Youngsville, Pennsylvania
Get an experienced guide who will clean your catch for you. Get there early and have fun!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Get an experienced guide who will clean your catch for you. Get there early and have fun!
D.D. Rod Father Sportfishing
D.D. Rod Father Sportfishing Penn Run, Pennsylvania
Not a lot of shade obviously so come prepared to shield yourself from the sun. Also, the Oliver Pub & Grill has awesome food
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Not a lot of shade obviously so come prepared to shield yourself from the sun. Also, the Oliver Pub & Grill has awesome food
Endless Mountains Guide Service
Endless Mountains Guide Service Media, Pennsylvania
Stay hydrated and the more fun you and your gang have the better they crew support you!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Stay hydrated and the more fun you and your gang have the better they crew support you!
Bandit Sportfishing Charters
Bandit Sportfishing Charters Carlisle, PA

How did anglers rate fishing charters in Pennsylvania?

Bass Fishing Lake Erie
Bass Fishing Lake Erie
Fishing charter in Erie
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(94 reviews)
Great day. Capt. Went threw extreme measures to ensure a good experience. He put us on fish immediately and was knowledgeable of the technique. Would highly recommend going again in season so we could keep em and eat em!
Allan  P.
Allan P.
Cole's Catch
Cole's Catch
Fishing charter in Hummels Wharf
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(3 reviews)
The first of 2 days was tough rain, cold, and wind. We still caught 18. The second day was great. We caught 49. Best smallmouth day ever for me. Cole could not have been more accommodating. Very pleasant, knowledgeable, and kind to two old men, one of whom was fat and had a bad knee. But he was GREAT. Thanks for the best trip ever! Larry Elliott
Larry  E.
Larry E.
Nature Of The Beast Fishing
Nature Of The Beast Fishing
Fishing charter in Warren
Excellent
4.3 / 5
(2 reviews)
Josh is a professional that knows what he is doing...I look forward to going back
Steve  H.
Steve H.
Bass Fishing Lake Erie
Bass Fishing Lake Erie
Fishing charter in Erie
Excellent
4.7 / 5
(94 reviews)
My brother-in-law and I booked a trip blindly knowing nothing about fishing the Great Lakes or about Mr. Rose. We were pleasantly surprised by both! Capt Mark put us on some good fish catching 3 or 4 over 5 lbs and several others between 2-4 lbs. Overall great trip and would certainly suggest looking up Capt Rose for some fun.
Randy  G.
Randy G.
Predator Getter Outdoors
Predator Getter Outdoors
Fishing charter in Wrightsville
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(8 reviews)
I had a awesome time with Captain Austin. Everything was great. Caught two big flatheads in the low 30 pound range and two in the upper 30 pound range along with a handful of fish in the teens. He moved around to find where the fish were and his knowledge of the river was key in locating the fish. Highly recommended!
Andrew  G.
Andrew G.
Family Time Sportfishing
Family Time Sportfishing
Fishing charter in Fairview
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(22 reviews)
Captain and 1st mate great sense of humor. They worked hard and found the fish. Had our limits in 5 hours.
Randy  W.
Randy W.
Dirty 30 Lake Erie Charters
Dirty 30 Lake Erie Charters
Fishing charter in Fairview
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(7 reviews)
My son wanted a charter for his birthday. The poor captain worked his ass off running back and forth between poles and netting fish. Will definitely book again
Chuck  P.
Chuck P.
Bass Fishing Lake Erie
Bass Fishing Lake Erie
Fishing charter in Erie
Excellent
4.7 / 5
(94 reviews)
Mark really has a great setup. His boat is the baddest bass boat on Lake Erie. Beautiful day and Mark never gave up to find us fish.Ended up landing 5, missed 4. 👍🏼
Richard  G.
Richard G.
Bass Fishing Lake Erie
Bass Fishing Lake Erie
Fishing charter in Erie
Excellent
4.7 / 5
(94 reviews)
Captain Mark was great. The weather had been bad for 3-4 days before, but we had a nice day on the lake. The fish were not biting but Mark took us to 5 or 6 locations until we found some. My grandson had a great time. We will come back.
Debbie  M.
Debbie M.
Predator Getter Outdoors
Predator Getter Outdoors
Fishing charter in Wrightsville
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(8 reviews)
Late September trip led to hooking monster after monster, me and both of my buddies all pulled in 40+ lbs flatheads setting our personal bests. Trip of a lifetime, can't wait to come back next year
Noah  P.
Noah P. Houston, Texas
D.D. Rod Father Sportfishing
D.D. Rod Father Sportfishing
Fishing charter in Erie
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(74 reviews)
Had a blast fishing with Captain Dan and Lucas today, get a chance book this one.
Deborah  M.
Deborah M.
Family Time Sportfishing
Family Time Sportfishing
Fishing charter in Fairview
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(22 reviews)
Great trip, Great Captain. Hard working and always on the rods. Great personality. Over all a great time on the water. You would have a hard time finding a better charter for the price. I give 5 Stars!
Eric  M.
Eric M. Butler, Pennsylvania
Chasing Dreams Sportfishing – Erie, PA
Chasing Dreams Sportfishing – Erie, PA
Fishing charter in Fairview
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(44 reviews)
Captain Ryan and Chasing Dreams were an awesome charter and I would recommend them to anyone - looking to have a good time, catch some awesome fish, have an expert guide and make the path easy!! It was a blast!!
Kevin  G.
Kevin G. Chicago, IL
Predator Getter Outdoors
Predator Getter Outdoors
Fishing charter in Wrightsville
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(8 reviews)
Best fishing guide... Felt like I was fishing with my own family... Highly recommend this experience.. Truly had an amazing time and we'll do again...
David  H.
David H. Wellsboro, Pennsylvania
D.D. Rod Father Sportfishing
D.D. Rod Father Sportfishing
Fishing charter in Erie
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(74 reviews)
First of all great communication on some weather in the area. Then even with some rough lake and fishing conditions Capt Dan was still able to get us on the fish and limit out, with a good amount of throw backs. Great time with a great crew!!!
Tom  T.
Tom T. Irwin, Pennsylvania
Chasing Dreams Sportfishing – Erie, PA
Chasing Dreams Sportfishing – Erie, PA
Fishing charter in Fairview
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(44 reviews)
Despite a slow day on the water and a finicky Walleye bite Capt. Ryan still managed to get us on a three man limit before lunchtime. Highly recommend his services.
Derek  C.
Derek C. Hershey, PA
Family Time Sportfishing
Family Time Sportfishing
Fishing charter in Fairview
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(22 reviews)
Great day with captain Justin and first mate Josh, family and friends. I highly recommend this charter and crew.
THOMAS  P.
THOMAS P. North Huntingdon, PA
Relentless Pursuit Lake Erie Charters
Relentless Pursuit Lake Erie Charters
Fishing charter in Erie
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(38 reviews)
We had a great time with relentless pursuit. We caught fish, and enjoyed ourselves. I’d recommend this charter to anyone looking to experience Lake Erie
David  M.
David M. Aliquippa, Pennsylvania
Chasing Dreams Sportfishing – Erie, PA
Chasing Dreams Sportfishing – Erie, PA
Fishing charter in Fairview
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(44 reviews)
Had an amazing time with Ryan from chasing Dreams who who made our experience one of best fishing trips we’ve ever had due to his expertise, professional attitude towards helping his customers have the successful and fun time, as well as his easy going and friendly personality. We will definitely do this again in the near future. Highly recommend!!
Kurt  C.
Kurt C. Foxburg, PA
Chasing Dreams Sportfishing – Erie, PA
Chasing Dreams Sportfishing – Erie, PA
Fishing charter in Fairview
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(44 reviews)
Our fishing trip with Ryan was awesome and so much better than previous charter experiences. Captain Ryan has a great personality, and he saw to it that my boys had a fun time. The boat was very clean, and my boys and I were really impressed with his onboard tech. I could tell that Ryan knew the lake well because we reached our catch limit in less than 3 hours! In addition, his rates are very reasonable. If you're looking for a great charter, stop researching now and book a trip with Ryan!
Austin  T.
Austin T. Bertram, IA

Top Fishing Techniques in Pennsylvania

Top Targeted Species in Pennsylvania