Fishing in the Susquehanna River Valley

Susquehanna River Fishing...An Outdoor Treasure in PA

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Insider's Guide to Fishing in the Susquehanna River Valley

Within this 444-mile long majestic river, fishing opportunities abound for all levels of fishermen.  Known for amazing small mouth bass fishing, the Susquehanna River supports many other fish like catfish, rainbow trout, large mouth bass, American shad, perch, rock bass, bullheads and many others.  Below you'll find insider secrets to fishing the Susquehanna River.

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Check out our colorful Fishing Guide for all kinds of useful info.  Click here to download it or request that one be mailed to you.

1. Launch Your Excursion from One of PA's State Parks

The Milton State Park and Shikellamy State Park and Marina among many other state parks, provide boat launches in the West Branch of the Susquehanna River.  Use these locations to find great Susquehanna River Fishing spots.

2. State Parks Aren't the Only Location To Launch a Fishing Boat

Chillisquaque Access Area and Boat Ramp is located four miles north of Northumberland on Route 405.  Launch your boat, canoe or kayak and travel the river to one of the local fishing holes.

Another hidden boat launch is the Shady Nook Access Area. It's 4.7 acres of land that was donated by PPL Utilities for a public boat access in Hummels Wharf. Activities include unlimited horsepower boating, lightweight fishing boats, canoes and inflatables.

3. Sunbury's Adam T. Bower Memorial Dam Is an Ideal Fishing Location

The inflatable dam that creates Lake Augusta in the spring and summer months is one-of-a-kind.  This pristine area is an ideal Susquehanna River fishing spot during those months.

Another nearby lake, Halfway Lake at R.B. Winter State Park, is also an ideal fishing spot. The lake is fed by natural springs and is a favorite spot for local anglers.

4. Rent a Canoe If You Don't Have Your Own

Fishing the Susquehanna River from the banks thrills in its own right, but fishing from a kayak really makes for a memorable trip. Bic's Water Sports and Outdoor Adventures offers, kayaks and transportation on the River.

Penns Creek, a 66-mile long tributary of the Susquehanna River, is another favorite fishing location. This large, limestone-influenced stream supports strong numbers of wild Brown Trout throughout much of its length. Penns Creek is one of the most popular wild trout streams in Pennsylvania and the eastern U.S.

5. Take Advantage of Local Knowledge for Better Fishing Days

Our local fishing guides and supply stores are happy to share their knowledge of the Susquehanna River and surrounding creeks to help you plan a great trip.

Tom Prowant of Tom's Fishing Guide Service works to keep his clients safe and comfortable while having a great time exploring the beautiful Susquehanna River. Having fished the river since he was 5 years old, Tom enjoys sharing his knowledge with experienced fishers as well as those new to the sport.

Blue Heron Sports,  located at 5115 State Route 405, Milton, is a full service bait and tackle store featuring supplies and bait for all your fishing needs, including a large variety of supplies from rods and reels to live bait, and an expansive selection of fly fishing gear. 

6. HuntFishPA: New Mobile-Friendly, Outdoor Recreational Licensing Platform 

The Pennsylvania Game Commission (PGC) and Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission (PFBC) have announced the launch of HuntFishPA, the new user-friendly licensing platform for hunters, anglers, and boaters.  Visitors to will discover convenient features like personalized dashboards, autorenewal for fishing licenses, and the ability to report game and furbearer harvests as required. Users who visit the agencies’ websites – and – for their licensing and other needs will be seamlessly directed to the new system. HuntFishPA replaces the previous Pennsylvania Automatic Licensing System (PALS) platform known as The Outdoor Shop

Introducing Children to Fishing!

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Fishing Fundamentals

Find out more about the PA Fish and Boat Commission's Mentored Youth Trout Day, Lunch & Learn for Little Ones, Fish For Free Days in PA plus the Fishing Tackle Loaner Program. 

For an exciting hands-on learning experience spend the day fishing on the river with an expert local guide.  Tom's Fishing Guide Service provides a fun and affordable opportunity to get out and enjoy nature and catch some fish on the beautiful Susquehanna River.

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Fishing for Families Camp with the Ned Smith Center 

Fee charged per camper. Parents or guardians are encouraged to attend with their child, free of charge

Bring the family out to learn all the basics you need to start fishing together! Participants will learn about important safety protocols, proper casting techniques and put it all to the test as they spend some time fishing the Wiconisco Creek. Fishing tackle and equipment provided. All participants must wear closed-toed, hard-soled shoes that can get wet. Camp held annually at the Ned Smith Center.


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Blue Heron is the largest regional resource of fishing gear for the area's rivers, streams and lakes. A growing screen-printing and embroidery business has also served the region with custom apparel for more than 35 years.

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R. B. Winter State Park covers 695 acres. The focal point of the park is Halfway Lake which is filled by spring-fed mountain streams and contained by a hand-laid, native sandstone dam. Open year-round, the park provides diverse opportunities for recreation. Seventeen miles west of Lewisburg on State Route 192.

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Located at the confluence of the West and North Branches of the Susquehanna River, Shikellamy State Park encompasses 132 acres that feature a Marina at Lake Augusta and a scenic river overlook. The Shikellamy complex includes the 82-acre Milton State Park located along Rt. 15 at West Milton and the 20-acre Susquehanna State Park, home of the Hiawatha paddleboat, located at Reach Rd., Williamsport.

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Tom's Fishing Guide Service provides a fun and affordable opportunity to get out and enjoy nature and catch some fish on the beautiful Susquehanna River.

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