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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!
 
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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.
 

Pennsylvania Fishing Calendar

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Do your research but definitely recommend Captain dawn of you want to catch the big fish!
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Do your research but definitely recommend Captain dawn of you want to catch the big fish!
Jennifer  B.
Jennifer B. Ephrata, Pennsylvania
Show up early on weekend because there is a line to get into marina we were in line for 45 minutes
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
Show up early on weekend because there is a line to get into marina we were in line for 45 minutes
James  H.
James H. Gordon, PA
Get an experienced guide who will clean your catch for you. Get there early and have fun!
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
Get an experienced guide who will clean your catch for you. Get there early and have fun!
Michael  B.
Michael B. 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
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
Not a lot of shade obviously so come prepared to shield yourself from the sun. Also, the Oliver Pub & Grill has awesome food
Pat  C.
Pat C. Media, Pennsylvania
Stay hydrated and the more fun you and your gang have the better they crew support you!
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
Stay hydrated and the more fun you and your gang have the better they crew support you!
Michael  C.
Michael C. Carlisle, PA
Pick cooler weather for bigger bass. July is not the best time, although our guide made it a great experience. And hire a guide who knows his way around the rivers there to ensure you have the best chance to catch the fish you're after.
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
Pick cooler weather for bigger bass. July is not the best time, although our guide made it a great experience. And hire a guide who knows his way around the rivers there to ensure you have the best chance to catch the fish you're after.
John  F.
John F. Elkridge, MD
Look up D. D. Rod father captain Dan explains what his set ups are and how they are used and any ? You have he has the answer not only while your on the water but at home we got alot of fish and little more know how for when we go again can't wait
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
Look up D. D. Rod father captain Dan explains what his set ups are and how they are used and any ? You have he has the answer not only while your on the water but at home we got alot of fish and little more know how for when we go again can't wait
Joshua  L.
Joshua L. Calcutta, OH
Be patient, fish slowly and you will have great results. Definitely try to fish with an experienced captain like Mark Rose.
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
Be patient, fish slowly and you will have great results. Definitely try to fish with an experienced captain like Mark Rose.
Ronald  R.
Ronald R. Mount Pleasant, PA
Use Mr Bruchey as their fishing guide and he’ll show you how to catch smallmouth bass. Pound for pound the strongest freshwater fish I’ve caught and the scenery along the Susquehanna River is amazing
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
Use Mr Bruchey as their fishing guide and he’ll show you how to catch smallmouth bass. Pound for pound the strongest freshwater fish I’ve caught and the scenery along the Susquehanna River is amazing
George  M.
George M. Linfield, PA
If you’re looking for smallmouth and have a boat, it couldn’t be better. If you’re targeting walleye, wait until June.
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
If you’re looking for smallmouth and have a boat, it couldn’t be better. If you’re targeting walleye, wait until June.
Hunter  M.
Hunter M. Bellwood, PA
The Walleye fishing is spectacular and a knowledgeable captain like Captain Dan is needed.
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
The Walleye fishing is spectacular and a knowledgeable captain like Captain Dan is needed.
John  R.
John R. Edinboro, PA
Great place to fish the scenery is beautiful and the fish are abundant when they're biting
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
Great place to fish the scenery is beautiful and the fish are abundant when they're biting
David  H.
David H. Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania
This was our first trip and it did not disappoint. You have to take this fishing charter
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
This was our first trip and it did not disappoint. You have to take this fishing charter
Rob  M.
Rob M. Pittsburgh, PA
Prepare to have a great time and watch the weather it changes fast. Other than that enjoy and have fun
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
Prepare to have a great time and watch the weather it changes fast. Other than that enjoy and have fun
Steve  L.
Steve L. Mill Hall, Pennsylvania
Hook up with the best charter you can find. SunSetter Adventures is #1 on my list.
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
Hook up with the best charter you can find. SunSetter Adventures is #1 on my list.
Jay  S.
Jay S. State College, PA
i think a psrty of three is sufficient for the boat we were on. four might be a bit crowded especially is the catching is on.
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i think a psrty of three is sufficient for the boat we were on. four might be a bit crowded especially is the catching is on.
Robert  C.
Robert C. Warren, PA
Go To Amazing Grace and have Larry show you how to catch fish>..... IT was the best fishing trip we have ever been on.
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Go To Amazing Grace and have Larry show you how to catch fish>..... IT was the best fishing trip we have ever been on.
Brenda  B.
Brenda B. Orrtanna, PA
This trip was made awesome by a great captain. His experience and good personality made us feel welcomed aboard. First mates work was top rated. We waited and needed for nothing. Thank you again.
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This trip was made awesome by a great captain. His experience and good personality made us feel welcomed aboard. First mates work was top rated. We waited and needed for nothing. Thank you again.
Robin  L.
Robin L. Volant, PA
Book with Old Timers Charter for a first rate experience. I would definitely recommend them!!!!
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Book with Old Timers Charter for a first rate experience. I would definitely recommend them!!!!
Barbara  S.
Barbara S. West Decatur, PA
Don't drink the night before. Take motion sickness meds. Look at the waves and sit relaxed as possible. Do that and it'll be fine.
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
Don't drink the night before. Take motion sickness meds. Look at the waves and sit relaxed as possible. Do that and it'll be fine.
Andrew  M.
Andrew M. Elmira, NY

Endless Mountains Guide Service
Endless Mountains Guide Service
Fishing charter in Ulster
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 9 reviews
Late Sept. Caught forty some bass, lots in the 10-12" range, a few bigger. Plus two nice walleyes. Lynn is a great guy, laid back. Boat is large and stable. Highly recommened.
Michael  M.
Michael M. Winchester, Virginia
Erie Doghouse Charters
Erie Doghouse Charters
Fishing charter in Fairview
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 48 reviews
The water was pretty rough to start the day and we were warned in advance about it. We still went out into the lake and had a really successful day. My mom caught a steelhead that was foul hooked and it took over 30 minutes to reel it in. Captain Tony had to reel everything in and go in reverse to chase down the fish. Both Captain Tony and his mate were very friendly and made the trip a lot of fun.
Nick  B.
Nick B. Cincinnati, Ohio
Al's Susquehanna Guide Service
Al's Susquehanna Guide Service
Fishing charter in Falls
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 14 reviews
Had a beautiful day on the Susquehanna with Al. He is very knowledgeable about the river, cheerful and helpful, and worked hard to get us on fish. The river conditions were not the best, but Al still found the bass.
David  D.
David D. Telford, Pennsylvania
Chasing Dreams Sportfishing – Erie
Chasing Dreams Sportfishing – Erie
Fishing charter in Erie
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 20 reviews
Ryan is awesome! Best fishing guide in the business. Can’t wait to go again.
Braden  C.
Braden C. Buffalo, New York
Ditch Chicken Charters
Ditch Chicken Charters
Fishing charter in Erie
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 33 reviews
Captain Paul put us on a lot of big fish right away. He is a good guy and I highly recommend his charter. We had a great time and I will book again.
Jason  T.
Jason T. Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania
SunSetter Adventures
SunSetter Adventures
Fishing charter in Erie
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 45 reviews
Capt Vince and Crew Chief John did a outstanding job. We caught 16 Walleye and 3 Steelhead, most of the walleye ran 21”-25” and steelhead were a bonus including a very nice 24 inches. I’ve been on other Great Lake charters and this boat was by leaps and bounds the nicest boat I’ve been on. And had the crew to match it!
James  R.
James R. Imperial, PA
Riptide Fishing Charters
Riptide Fishing Charters
Fishing charter in Erie
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 50 reviews
Jaime and his mate took care of everything. Got us on fish right away and made the trip very enjoyable. Left with a cooler full of walleye fillets. Will definitely book again with Riptide!
Jason  C.
Jason C. Xenia, Ohio
SunSetter Adventures
SunSetter Adventures
Fishing charter in Erie
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 45 reviews
I highly recommend!!! We wanted to get out on the lake to fish for walleye for my dad's birthday and we had an amazing time! Captain Vince and John were awesome and very knowledgeable! We had a great time with them and we ended catching a good amount of fish!
Mandi  C.
Mandi C. Bloomsburg, PA
Don't Look Back Charters
Don't Look Back Charters
Fishing charter in North East
4.0 Very Good Very Good Very Good Very Good Very Good 6 reviews
Overall we had an excellent trip even though fishing started off slow. The Captain kept in touch and we revised the trip to take advantage of his experience of when and where the fish were biting. The boat and equipment were clean and up to date. Captain Shawn was very knowledgeable and worked hard at getting us on fish.
Walter  B.
Walter B. Johnstown, PA
Chasing Dreams Sportfishing – Erie
Chasing Dreams Sportfishing – Erie
Fishing charter in Erie
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 20 reviews
If you are looking to book a charter, I would highly recommend Captain Ryan and Chasing Dreams to anyone.He is very knowledgeable of the area, and has one of the nicest boats and equipment on the water.He worked hard all day with different techniques to make our trip sucessful. We were able to to bring home some 8lb walleye lunkers, and some very healthy large perch.Thanks again Ryan for a great day on the water, and we will be calling you again to book another trip next year !
Scott  K.
Scott K. Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Erie Doghouse Charters
Erie Doghouse Charters
Fishing charter in Fairview
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 48 reviews
Amazing trip. Captain Tony had us into fish within minutes of settling the Rods. Nonstop all morning. Me and my Friend had the limit a few hours into a 6 hour trip. And we kept fishing. BWe had numerous multiple hookups. Never had a trip like this. Great Captain and Mate. He knows how to put fish on boat. We also caught yellow perch as a bonus. Well done Captain. We will be back for sure Thanks again
Michael  A.
Michael A. Rutherford, NJ
Erie Doghouse Charters
Erie Doghouse Charters
Fishing charter in Fairview
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 48 reviews
Solid captain right here! Don't miss a trip of a lifetime.... They make good things happen.! Get out and enjoy yourself!
Dave  R.
Dave R. Depew, NY
Riptide Fishing Charters
Riptide Fishing Charters
Fishing charter in Erie
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 50 reviews
Awesome experience with Jamie and James. We heard before we left that some people were struggling to get walleye but Jamie and James worked hard to get us on some fish and were able to get many in the boat! I would recommend Riptide to anyone looking for a great fishing experience.
Evan  B.
Evan B. Pittsburgh, PA
SunSetter Adventures
SunSetter Adventures
Fishing charter in Erie
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 45 reviews
Outstanding crew, boat, fishing equipment and overall experience. My family and I had a very memorable time and would highly recommend. Also caught some awesome fish thanks to the hard work from Captain John and AJ! If you’re looking for a really fun fishing trip from a highly professional crew with safety being paramount, in all seriousness, look no farther. These guys are the real deal... Thanks again Captain John and AJ, you guys really made our vacation!
Joseph  P.
Joseph P. Greensburg, PA
D.D. Rod Father Sportfishing
D.D. Rod Father Sportfishing
Fishing charter in Erie
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 56 reviews
Had a wonderful day with my dad and my brother. Had some dry spells late morning but Captain Dan was able to get us on the fish and limited out.
James  D.
James D. Akron, Ohio
Don't Look Back Charters
Don't Look Back Charters
Fishing charter in North East
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 6 reviews
My wife and I highly recommend Dont Look Back Charters. Captain Shawn put us on the fish right away and kept us on them. He was very experienced and taught us alot while we were on the boat with him. The boat was perfect and in Great condition. If you are looking for a good charter and to catch fish you need to go with Captain Shawn! We had a wonderful time!!!
Shaun  E.
Shaun E. Allenwood, PA
D.D. Rod Father Sportfishing
D.D. Rod Father Sportfishing
Fishing charter in Erie
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 56 reviews
Don't miss out book your trip with DD Rod Father's today you want have no regrets just a lot of good memories.
James  K.
James K. Guys Mills, Pennsylvania
Riptide Fishing Charters
Riptide Fishing Charters
Fishing charter in Erie
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 50 reviews
What an awesome surprise gift my wife got me. I got to share this great experience with my brother in law and his son's. Captain Jamie and his first mate were fantastic. They worked hard and made sure we had an awesome first time experience.......they did just that! We will definitely be booking with Riptide Fishing Charters again!
Stacy  V.
Stacy V. Jeannette, PA
D.D. Rod Father Sportfishing
D.D. Rod Father Sportfishing
Fishing charter in Erie
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 56 reviews
This is an excellent choice for a fishing charter! Great service and good people! Captain Dan is very knowledgeable and easy going! The first mate with us, Shawn also very good at his job. Very friendly and would recommend 10 out of 10!
Jennifer  B.
Jennifer B. Ephrata, Pennsylvania
Riptide Fishing Charters
Riptide Fishing Charters
Fishing charter in Erie
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 50 reviews
Had another great fishing trip with Captain Jamie and James! Can't wait to do it again!!
Marc  B.
Marc B. Ellington, CT

FAQs about Fishing Charters in Pennsylvania

To give you an idea of how much a fishing trip in Pennsylvania costs, the average price for a 4 hour private trip is $500, while an 8 hour private trip will cost you $572. These prices are based on trips booked on our site recently.

Prices will vary depending on trip length, fishing technique, as well as the type and size of the boat you booked. However, to give you an indication, the average boat size in Pennsylvania is 23 ft and the most common vessel type is a Aluminum fishing.

According to customer reviews, Endless Mountains Guide Service, Pacifictime Sportfishing, and D.D. Rod Father Sportfishing are some of the most popular fishing charters in Pennsylvania. Full list of top fishing charters in Pennsylvania.

Endless Mountains Guide Service, Pacifictime Sportfishing, and D.D. Rod Father Sportfishing all received great reviews from families who booked fishing trips in Pennsylvania.

The best way to experience fishing in Pennsylvania is to book a private charter with a licensed fishing guide. See the full list of charters available for online booking here: List of fishing charters in Pennsylvania.

The most popular fish species you can target are Walleye, Lake Trout, and Rainbow Trout (Steelhead). Top fishing techniques include light tackle, trolling, and jigging. Lake fishing, river fishing, and offshore fishing are commonly offered by local guides.

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.   Check availability for local fishing charters in Pennsylvania.