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Reconnect with Nature on NEPA's Best Waters

It goes without saying that every fisherman has his or her own favorite, reliable spot. But when the fish become familiar with your same old tricks, it might be time to switch things up. From rolling rivers teeming with trout to scenic lakes filled with small and largemouth bass, NEPA offers some of the best fishing in the state.

Even if you’re not an expert angler, fishing is a great way to stay in touch with nature and each other. As the old-timers always say, “A bad day fishing still beats a good day working.” So, put up that “Gone Fishin'” sign, grab your gear and cast out on NEPA’s lakes, rivers and streams.


Favorite Fishing Holes:
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Frances Slocum Lake

Wyoming, PA

You’ll have to get out early to reel in the big ones at this popular state park lake. There are plenty of spots along the shoreline, but big fish like deep water. Fishing from a boat on this lake offers the best experience.

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Big Wapwallopen Creek

Wright Twp., PA

Grab your gear and hit the Big Wapwallopen. Designated Class A Wild Trout Water by the PA Fish and Boat Commission, this creek has one of the highest naturally reproducing trout populations.

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Harveys Lake

Harveys Lake, PA

With more than 600 acres and depths over 100 feet, Harveys Lake is prime real estate for some pretty big fish. Smallmouth bass and brown trout are the common catches, but you’re likely to get a few surprises in the mix.

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The Susquehanna River / Nesbitt Park

Kingston, PA

The Susquehanna River is well known throughout Pennsylvania as a great spot to fish for smallmouth bass and huge catfish. If you’re lucky enough you might even hook a famous “Suskie” Muskie.

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Lake Winola

Lake Winola, PA

Just a short drive from the hustle and bustle of downtown Scranton, Lake Winola offers a bit of sanctuary from city life. It also offers some great fishing. Hit the water for the chance to snag some monster trout.

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The Lehigh River / Lehigh Gorge State Park

Weatherly, PA

This stunning, scenic river cutting through the Pocono Mountains is an ideal place to drop a line for some trophy trout. Spots throughout Lehigh Gorge State Park offer both great fishing and crazy views.

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Promised Land Lake

Greentown, PA

The Delaware State Forest surrounds this deep, 422-acre lake that also happens to sit about 1,800 feet above sea level. Largemouth and smallmouth bass and pickerel are the popular catch in these waters. The park also offers boat and electric motor rentals by the hour.

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Lackawanna Lake

North Abington Twp., PA

Introduce the little ones to a lifelong angling obsession on this easily accessible lake. You can fish more than 7 miles of shoreline or set sail on a boat, canoe or kayak to try your luck on 198 acres of open water. Aspiring anglers, head to Trostle Pond, a 12-and-under spot in the north end of the park.

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Beltzville Lake

Lehighton, PA

This 949-acre lake is long rumored to be one of the best places for largemouth bass in the entire state. It’s also one of the few spots in NEPA where dedicated anglers can possibly land a monster striped bass. For a change in scenery, hit Pohopoco Creek for some great trout fishing.

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Silver Creek and Fall Brook

Montrose, PA

Fly fishing is the favored method on these two pristine streams. With many trout clocking in at 18-24 inches, it’s easy to see why avid anglers keep the Salt Springs State Park spots on their list of favorites.

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Lily Lake

Wapwallopen, PA

This hidden gem, found just on the edge of Slocum Township, is a perfect secret spot for those looking to reel in the big ones. The 160-acre lake is home to northern pike and bass year-round and stocked with trout in the spring and fall.

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Harris Pond

Sweet Valley, PA

Make a scenic escape to this peaceful 30-acre Sweet Valley pond. You’re likely to run into quite a few largemouth bass, alongside smaller bluegills and sunfish.

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Lake Wallenpaupack

Hawley, PA

As one of the largest lakes in the state, Lake Wallenpaupack can be a fisherman’s paradise if you know how to play it right. Walleye, bass and pike are popular catches, but you can find a wide variety of fish spread over all 5,700 acres. If possible, get out on a boat to better your chances.

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Article Updated from its Original Version Published 8/22/2018.