Pennsylvania Bass (Smallmouth) Fishing Charters

Pennsylvania Bass (Smallmouth) Fishing Charters

Top Pennsylvania Bass (Smallmouth) Fishing Destinations

Best Bass (Smallmouth) Fishing Charters in Pennsylvania

Top Bass (Smallmouth) Fishing Charters in Pennsylvania

Bass (Smallmouth) Fishing in Pennsylvania

Bass (Smallmouth)
  • Size 1 - 4 lbs
  • Food Value Excellent
  • Game Qualities Good
  • Habitats Lake, River

(Micropterus dolomieu)

From small, private ponds, to rivers and large lakes, Pennsylvania offers Bass fishing all around the state. Two main species you’re going to find here are Smallmouth Bass and Largemouth Bass. They are aggressive fighters that often jump out of the water or make things harder for anglers by diving under the boat.
If you’re not sure what’s on your hook and it fights like’s probably Bass.

When and where?

The Susquehanna River is a well-known spot for great Bass fishing. This river ranks as one of the best fishing spots in Pennsylvania due to the smooth flowing water. Your fishing spot depends on the type of Bass you want to catch – Smallmouth Bass prefer rocky bottoms and flowing water, whereas Largemouth Bass stick to static water with soft bottoms and aquatic weeds.
If you’re fishing at Lake Erie, the best time to go is late September and October. Smallmouth Bass feed heavily as they prepare for the spawning season. To find them faster, focus on fishing around underwater ledges, drop-offs, and any other spots where the depth suddenly changes.  Largemouth Bass are not present in the open waters of the lake.

How to Catch Bass?

You can catch Bass using a variety of live bait, topwater poppers, and fast-moving spinners. Most of their diet consists of crawfish, so the best way to get a bite from Bass is by using a crawfish imitation. To make the most out of this lure, add rattles to imitate the clicking sound crawfish make. You can also pull off the pinchers from the bait, as this will make it look defenseless and Bass won’t hesitate to attack.
Bass are about a good ambush, not the chase. They’re aggressive feeders but they won’t go long distances after their food.
Fly fishing for Bass in Lake Erie is having a breakthrough. This is not an easy task and it requires some experience, or simply lots of persistence. What makes fly fishing harder in the lake is that Bass are not always in shallow waters. To avoid this, come to the lake in springtime, when they leave their hiding spots in deep waters.


  • All anglers in Pennsylvania must have a valid fishing license.
  • From April 13 to June 14, the annual No Harvest period is in force.
  • Harvesting regulations depend on the season and the region. Make sure to check the regulations of the state region you’ll be fishing in. In general, if you’re fishing rivers and streams during summer, you’re allowed to keep up to six Bass measuring at least 12 inches. Throughout the year, it’s mostly up to four Bass measuring 15 inches and longer.
Catching Bass can be tough, but that doesn’t mean it’s only for the pros. Take it easy, use traditional techniques, and even a novice can make the most of Pennsylvania Bass fishing.

Pennsylvania Bass (Smallmouth) Fishing Seasons

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Bass (Smallmouth) fishing in Pennsylvania varies moderately throughout the year. High season is August to November. Low season is January to February. There is no closed season.
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Reviews of Fishing in Bass (Smallmouth) Fishing in Pennsylvania

We got our limit in 3 hours!!!
Michael B. fished with D.D. Rod Father Sportfishing on July 5, 2021
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Get an experienced guide who will clean your catch for you. Get there early and have fun!
Susky Fishing Trip w/ Captain Lynn
Pat C. fished with Endless Mountains Guide Service on June 5, 2021
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Not a lot of shade obviously so come prepared to shield yourself from the sun. Also, the Oliver Pub & Grill has awesome food
Fishing with Allen
Ray K. fished with Al's Susquehanna Guide Service on October 10, 2020
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Bring a hooded sweat shirt with you on the river.
Half day Walleye fishing on the bandir
Michael C. fished with Bandit Sportfishing Charters on August 23, 2020
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Stay hydrated and the more fun you and your gang have the better they crew support you!
A Great Day... Midsummer Bass Fishing with Dave
John F. fished with Goin4smallies Guide Service - Pennsylvania on July 25, 2020
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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.
July fishing tripjuly 18th
Jeffrey D. fished with Pacifictime Sportfishing on July 18, 2020
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Take Pacific time charter the best way to go❤❤
Limited out with captain Dan
Joshua L. fished with D.D. Rod Father Sportfishing on July 14, 2020
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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
8 hr walleye charter with cpt dan
Janet B. fished with D.D. Rod Father Sportfishing on July 5, 2020
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Bring you snacks and drinks and enjoy fantastic fishing