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.

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5. Take Advantage of Local Knowledge for Better Fishing Days

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

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. 

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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. **Open(safety restrictions in place): Mon 9-5, Tue 12-5, Thu 9-5, Fri 9-6, and Sat 9-4. Screen printing customers should email [email protected] to schedule an appointment

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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. **SEE PARK WEBSITE FOR FACILITY DETAILS AND SAFETY REQUIREMENTS.

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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. **State Parks and Facilities Temporarily Closed; Open Spaces will Remain Accessible - See Website For Details

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