Trout season in Pennsylvania is almost upon us again and fishermen throughout the state will begin to start thinking about where and how they will catch these cunning fish this year. The first day in 18 southeastern counties including Juniata, Perry, Dauphin, Schuylkill, Lehigh, Cumberland, Franklin, Adams, York, Lebanon, Berks, Bucks, Montgomery, Chester, Delaware, and Philadelphia is earlier than the rest of Pennsylvania and starts April 3, 2021 the rest of Pennsylvania opens April 17, 2021.
Kinzua Walleye Fishing
Kinzua Lake is home to two record walleyes one for the state of Pennsylvania and one for the state of New York. This is quite remarkable due to both of these states boarder Lake Erie, but Kinzua Lake owns the records for both. The lake is a 24.2 miles in length and has areas that have over 100 feet of water. There is a good population of walleye in Kinzua, however many of them are on the smaller side. In early June and late May it is much easier to catch legal and above sized walleye due to the fish being in shallower water in the 15 to 20 foot range.
Striped bass fishing in Pennsylvania is limited to a few locations with one of the more popular and least understood being Lake Raystown in Central PA.Raystown Lake is a large 28-mile long lake with water depths that reach over 100 feet.Raystown Lake largely is undeveloped and is miles and miles of beautiful wooded shorelines, steep cliffs, and large flats. Sounds great huh? Well Lake Raystown is also one of the toughest lakes to locate fish on a consistent basis due to it’s size and abundance of baitfish like gizzard shad, alewives, & other species of baitfish.However that doesn’t make it impossible to catch stripers and there are defiantly some monster in the lake.
Pennsylvania is home to some of the most productive walleye fishing in the country and the Lake that is home to all these walleye is Lake Erie. Lake Erie walleye fishing is to say the least is "Awesome", however it can be a daunting task to pick up and go out and fish Lake Erie for walleye. Having the right boat such as Deep-V is absolutely essential due to some of the rough water conditions that can pop up on Lake Erie in a heartbeat. Also often some of the best walleye fishing is done by trolling in deep water using Dipsy Divers or with down riggers and will require you to have special gear designed for trolling such as rod holders, trolling rods and reels, etc. However if you have the boat and are willing to travel several miles out into Lake Erie some serious fun awaits you at Lake Erie in Pennsylvania.
So we're approaching trout season in many states across the country including Pennsylvania, New York, and other states that stock trout in streams for anglers. Stock trout are often easy to catch and will bite almost anything but there are several things you can do to increase your catch this year for the first day of trout season.