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Black Bass

smallmouth, largemouth and spotted bass

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Fish for Bass

⇢ Smallmouth Fishing Tips
⇢ Largemouth Fishing Tips
⇢ Best Fishing Waters - Largemouth & Smallmouth Bass
⇢ Bass Identification
⇢ Species overview, identification, habitat, life history (Sunfishes chapter from PA Fishes book)
⇢ Seasons, Sizes and Limits - Commonwealth Inland Waters table from Fishing Summary Book
⇢ Big Bass Program (Summary Book)

Interactive Maps

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Feature articles from PA Angler & Boater magazine

Outfitting Your Bass Boat
Swimbaits for Bass and Walleyes


Fall's HOT Largemouth Bass Season
Finesse Fishing for Largemouth Bass
Little Waters, Big Bass
Seven SE PA Bass Lakes
Small Pond Kayak Fishing for Largemouth Bass
Summertime Largemouth Bass
Tidal Delaware Largemouth


21 Tips for Taking Susquehanna River Smallmouths
Autumn Bass Opportunities
Cold-water River Smallmouths
Coldwater Bite on the Allegheny
Fall Tributary Bass
Finding Cold-Water Bass
Float Fishing the Juniata River
In Search of Allegheny Bronze
Midsummer River Smallmouth Bass Tactics
Smallmouth Bass After Dark
Smallmouth Bass Fishing on the Delaware River
Steel City Smallmouth Bass
The Magic Zone
Wading for Smallmouth Bass
Western Pennsylvania Smallmouth Bass Floats

Bass - Fisheries management

Largemouth Bass, Smallmouth Bass, and Spotted Bass Management and Fishing in Pennsylvania
Catch and Release Fishing; Effects on Bass Populations
Factors Influencing Smallmouth Bass Year-Class Strength and Future Smallmouth Bass Fisheries
Susquehanna smallmouth management

Caught in PA

Smallmouth Bass
Aaron, age 6, with an 18 inch Smallmouth Bass caught on the Juniata River using a madtom (aka stonecat). 

Largemouth Bass
Jared Rose, age 8, of Hallstead, Susquehanna County, caught this nice Largemouth Bass on a tip-up on a private pond near Montrose on 1-29-2008. This is the first fish Jared caught through the ice. The fish was caught during a family ice fishing and ice skating outing on a private pond near Montrose.

Smallmouth Bass
Ben Page from our Lake Habitat Crew had a nice day on the Juniata River in July 2014

Largemouth Bass
Ernie Yates of Rome, PA, with a 20 inch Largemouth Bass taken at a private pond near LeRaysville, PA (Bradford County)