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Musky collage - return to musky indexCommission fishery biologists assembled the best, most informative data for angler use. Ranked or not, listed waters provide good to exceptional fishing opportunities.

Rankings — To provide anglers with information about the density of fish species in specific water classes, we listed the numerical rank density of a water in the class. A water with the highest species density in a class, received a rank of 1, the water with the next lower density received a rank of 2 and so on. Density information used to produce ranks were measurements of catch per hour of the species from a particular assessment gear on a particular water in a particular season by fishery biologists. The assessment method involved measuring catch per hour from collections with trapnets or electrofishing gear.

Not Ranked — Since vulnerability to a particular assessment method varied seasonally, specific seasons were selected to make measurements of catch per hour to produce ranks. Specific seasonal collections were necessary to make fair comparison but also lead to some waters receiving a “not ranked” classification. The “not ranked” classification does not suggest that no information is available for this species in this water or it is of lesser rank. Rather, it indicates that information for the particular season or particular gear used in classification was not available. Abundance information cannot always be collected at the same time of year for all waters and all species due to human and logistic limitations.

Small Reservoirs/Lakes—surface area less than or equal to 50 acres
Medium Reservoirs/Lakes— surface area greater than 50 acres but less than or equal to 500 acres
Large Reservoirs/Lakes—surface area greater than 500 acres
Warmwater Streams—drainage area less than or equal to 250 square miles (160,000 acres)
Small Rivers—drainage area greater than 250 square miles (160,000 acres) but less than or equal to 1,500 square miles (960,000 acres)
Large Rivers—drainage area greater than 1,500 square miles (960,000 acres)

Important Note to Anglers— Many waters in Pennsylvania are on private property, the listing of waters by the Fish and Boat Commission does not guarantee public access. Always obtain permission to fish on private property.

Large Reservoirs/Lakes
Ranking Water County Sec. Section Limits AFM
Area
Acres Pure Tiger
1 of 24 Tamarack Lk Crawford 0 n/a 2 562 Yes
2 of 24 Lk Arthur Butler 0 n/a 1 3,225 Yes
3 of 24 Keystone Lk Armstrong 0 n/a 2 950 Yes Yes
4 of 24 Lk Wilhelm Mercer 0 n/a 2 1,740 Yes
5 of 24 Conneaut Lk Crawford 0 n/a 2 929 Yes
6 of 24 Pymatuning Lk Crawford 0 n/a 1 13,926 Yes
7 of 24 Marsh Creek Lk Chester 0 n/a 6 535 Yes
8 of 24 Raystown Lk and Tailwater Huntingdon 0 n/a 7 8,300 Yes Yes
9 of 24 Cowanesque Rs Tioga 0 n/a 4 1,090 Yes Yes
10 of 24 Presque Isle Bay Erie 0 n/a 1 3,304 Yes
11 of 24 Tionesta Lk Forest 0 n/a 2 570 Yes
12 of 24 Nockamixon Lk Bucks 0 n/a 6 1,450 Yes
13 of 24 Blue Marsh Rs Berks 0 n/a 6 1,150 Yes
14 of 24 Lk Ontelaunee and Tailwater Berks 0 n/a 6 1,082 Yes
15 of 24 Glendale Lk Cambria 0 n/a 3 1,601 Yes
16 of 24 Curwensville Lk Clearfield 0 n/a 3 540 Yes
17 of 24 Shenango Lk Mercer 0 n/a 1 3,561 Yes
18 of 24 Yellow Ck Lk Indiana 0 n/a 8 720 Yes Yes
19 of 24 Allegheny Rs McKean
Warren
0 n/a 2 12,086 Yes Yes
20 of 24 Sayers Lk and Tailwater Centre 0 n/a 3 1,730 Yes
21 of 24 Beltzville Lk Carbon 0 n/a 5 947 Yes Yes
Not Ranked Lk Marburg York 0 n/a 6 1,275 Yes
Not Ranked E Br Clarion R Lk Elk 0 n/a 2 1,161 Yes
Not Ranked Piney Dm Clarion 0 n/a 2 690 Yes
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Large Rivers
Ranking Water County Sec. Section Limits AFM
Area
Acres Pure Tiger
1 of 63 Monongahela R Allegheny
Washington
Westmoreland
4 Lock and Dam 4 at Charleroi
- downstream to -
Lock and Dam 3 at Elizabeth
8 1,560 Yes Yes
2 of 63 Susquehanna R W Br Lycoming
Northumberland
Union
6 Loyalsock Creek
- downstream to -
Mouth
3 4,086 Yes
3 of 63 Monongahela R Allegheny 6 Lock and Dam 2 at Braddock
- downstream to -
the Point at Pittsburgh
8 1,135 Yes Yes
4 of 63 Monongahela R Fayette
Greene
Washington
2 Grays Landing Lock and Dam at Grays Landing
- downstream to -
Maxwell Lock and Dam at Maxwell
8 1,663 Yes Yes
5 of 63 Allegheny R Allegheny
Westmoreland
20 Lock and Dam 4 at Natrona
- downstream to -
Lock and Dam 3 at Acmetonia
8 1,101 Yes Yes
6 of 63 Allegheny R Armstrong 17 Lock and Dam 7
- downstream to -
Lock and Dam 6 at Clinton
2 1,124 Yes
Not Ranked Susquehanna R Lancaster
York
5 York Haven Dm
- downstream to -
Pa Rt 462
6 4,120 Yes Yes
Not Ranked Susquehanna R N Br Bradford
Wyoming
5 Mouth of Towanda Ck
- downstream to -
Mouth of Meshoppen Ck
4 3,013 Yes
Not Ranked Susquehanna R W Br Clinton
Lycoming
5 Bald Eagle Creek
- downstream to -
Loyalsock Creek
3 2,756 Yes
Not Ranked Ohio R Allegheny
Beaver
3 Dashields Lock and Dam at Edgeworth
- downstream to -
Montgomery Lock and Dam at Ohioview
8 2,622 Yes Yes
Not Ranked Youghiogheny R Allegheny
Fayette
Westmoreland
6 Connellsville Dm
- downstream to -
Mouth
8 1,907 Yes
Not Ranked Monongahela R Fayette
Washington
Westmoreland
3 Maxwell Lock and Dam at Maxwell
- downstream to -
Lock and Dam 4 at Charleroi
8 1,542 Yes Yes
Not Ranked Susquehanna R N Br Bradford 3 PA-NY State Line
- downstream to -
Mouth of Sugar Ck
4 1,309 Yes
Not Ranked Monongahela R Allegheny 5 Lock and Dam 3 at Elizabeth
- downstream to -
Lock and Dam 2 at Braddock
8 1,133 Yes Yes
Not Ranked Juniata R Juniata
Perry
6 Confluence Tuscarora Ck
- downstream to -
Confl Buffalo Ck
7 1,051 Yes
Not Ranked Allegheny R Allegheny 21 Lock and Dam 3 at Acmetonia
- downstream to -
Lock and Dam 2 at Sharpsburg
8 937 Yes Yes
Not Ranked Allegheny R Allegheny
Armstrong
Westmoreland
19 Lock and Dam 5 at Schenley
- downstream to -
Lock and Dam 4 at Natrona
8 703 Yes Yes
Not Ranked Monongahela R Fayette
Greene
1 PA-WV State Line at Point Marion
- downstream to -
Grays Landing Lock and Dam at Grays Landing
8 698 Yes Yes
Not Ranked Juniata R Juniata
Mifflin
5 Confluence Kishacoquillas Ck
- downstream to -
Confluence Tuscarora Ck
7 676 Yes
Not Ranked Allegheny R Armstrong 18 Lock and Dam 6 at Clinton
- downstream to -
Lock and Dam 5 at Schenley
8 596 Yes Yes
Not Ranked Susquehanna R Dauphin
Juniata
Northumberland
Perry
Snyder
2 Ppl Dm
- downstream to -
Juniata R Confl
7 13,943 Yes
Not Ranked Susquehanna R Cumberland
Dauphin
Perry
York
3 Juniata R Confl
- downstream to -
Swatara Ck Confl
7 9,526 Yes
Not Ranked Susquehanna R N Br Columbia
Montour
Northumberland
10 Fishing Ck
- downstream to -
Mouth
4 3,204 Yes
Not Ranked Susquehanna R N Br Lackawanna
Luzerne
Wyoming
6 Mouth of Meshoppen Ck
- downstream to -
Mouth of Lackawanna R
4 3,164 Yes
Not Ranked Susquehanna R N Br Luzerne 8 Exeter-w Pittston Area
- downstream to -
Wapwallopen Ck
4 2,839 Yes
Not Ranked Susquehanna R N Br Columbia
Luzerne
9 Wapwallopen Ck
- downstream to -
Fishing Ck
4 2,536 Yes
Not Ranked Allegheny R Venango 12 French Ck
- downstream to -
Richey Rn
2 2,531 Yes
Not Ranked Delaware R Monroe
Northampton
Pike
5 Conf Cummins Ck
- downstream to -
Conf Slateford Ck
5 2,307 Yes
Not Ranked Delaware R Northampton 6 Conf Slateford Ck
- downstream to -
Conf Lehigh R
5 2,195 Yes
Not Ranked Delaware R Bucks
Northampton
7 Lehigh R
- downstream to -
Tohickon Ck
6 2,031 Yes
Not Ranked Allegheny R Forest
Warren
9 Confluence of Brokenstraw Ck
- downstream to -
Confluence of Tionesta Ck
2 1,882 Yes
Not Ranked Juniata R Huntingdon
Mifflin
4 Confluence Aughwick Ck
- downstream to -
Confluence Kishacoquillas Ck
7 1,854 Yes
Not Ranked Allegheny R Armstrong
Clarion
Venango
13 Richey Rn
- downstream to -
Sugar Ck
2 1,636 Yes
Not Ranked Allegheny R Forest
Venango
10 Confluence of Tionesta Ck
- downstream to -
Confluence of Oil Ck
2 1,513 Yes
Not Ranked Delaware R Pike 4 Conf Lackawaxen River
- downstream to -
Conf Cummins Ck
5 1,475 Yes
Not Ranked Allegheny R Armstrong 16 Lock and Dam 8
- downstream to -
Lock and Dam 7
2 965 Yes
Not Ranked Allegheny R Armstrong 15 Lock and Dam 9
- downstream to -
Lock and Dam 8
2 915 Yes
Not Ranked Allegheny R Armstrong
Clarion
14 Sugar Ck
- downstream to -
Lock and Dam 9
2 729 Yes
Not Ranked Susquehanna R Dauphin
York
4 Swatara Ck Conf
- downstream to -
York Haven Dam
7 715 Yes
Not Ranked Allegheny R Venango 11 Oil Creek
- downstream to -
French Creek
2 661 Yes
Not Ranked Susquehanna R N Br Susquehanna 2 Oakland Dam
- downstream to -
Pa-ny State Line
4 556 Yes
Not Ranked Beaver R Beaver
Lawrence
2 Conf Connoquenessing Creek
- downstream to -
Mouth--Ohio River
1 503 Yes
Not Ranked Beaver R Lawrence 1 Conf Mahoning-Shenango Rivers
- downstream to -
Conf Connoquenessing Ck
1 384 Yes
Not Ranked Susquehanna R Northumberland 1 Fabri Dam
- downstream to -
Pp&l Dam
7 374 Yes
Not Ranked Juniata R Huntingdon
Mifflin
3 Confluence Raystown Br Jun R
- downstream to -
C0nfluence Aughwick Ck
7 368 Yes
Not Ranked Schuylkill R Philadelphia 16 Fairmount Dm
- downstream to -
Mouth
6 351 Yes
Not Ranked Susquehanna R N Br Bradford 4 Sugar Ck
- downstream to -
Towanda Ck
4 348 Yes
Not Ranked Schuylkill R Berks 7 Felix Dm
- downstream to -
Allegheny Ck
6 342 Yes Yes
Not Ranked Allegheny R Warren 8 Confluence of Conewango Ck
- downstream to -
Confluence of BrokenstrawCck
2 336 Yes
Not Ranked Schuylkill R Montgomery
Philadelphia
15 Flat Rock Dm
- downstream to -
Fairmount Dm
6 324 Yes
Not Ranked Allegheny R Warren 7 Kinzua Dam
- downstream to -
Conf of Conewango Ck
2 283 Yes
Not Ranked Juniata R Perry 7 Confl Buffalo Ck
- downstream to -
Mouth
7 279 Yes
Not Ranked Allegheny R McKean 6 Conf Allegheny Portage Ck
- downstream to -
PA-NY Stateline
2 275 Yes
Not Ranked Schuylkill R Berks 5 New Kernsville Dm
- downstream to -
Maiden Ck
6 239 Yes
Not Ranked Susquehanna R N Br Luzerne 7 Lackawanna R
- downstream to -
Border W Pittston Exeter
4 220 Yes
Not Ranked Juniata R Huntingdon 2 Warrior Ridge Dam
- downstream to -
Confluence Raystown Br Jun R
7 210 Yes
Not Ranked Susquehanna R N Br Susquehanna 1 PA-NY State Line
- downstream to -
Oakland Dam
4 208 Yes
Not Ranked Schuylkill R Chester
Montgomery
11 Black Rock Dm
- downstream to -
Perkiomen Ck
6 192 Yes
Not Ranked Schuylkill R Montgomery 13 Norristown Dm
- downstream to -
Plymouth Dm
6 167 Yes
Not Ranked Juniata R Huntingdon 1 Ltl Jun R & FBr Confl
- downstream to -
Warrior Ridge Dam
7 167 Yes
Not Ranked Schuylkill R Berks 8 Allegheny Ck
- downstream to -
Hay Ck
6 139 Yes
Not Ranked Schuylkill R Berks 6 Maiden Ck
- downstream to -
Felix Dm
6 132 Yes Yes
Not Ranked Allegheny R McKean
Potter
5 Conf Reed Rn
- downstream to -
Conf Allegheny Portage Ck
2 123 Yes
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Medium Reservoirs/Lakes
Ranking Water County Sec. Section Limits AFM
Area
Acres Pure Tiger
1 of 34 Woodcock Ck Lk Crawford 0 n/a 2 325 Yes
2 of 34 Sugar Lk Crawford 0 n/a 2 90 Yes
3 of 34 Edinboro Lk Erie 0 n/a 2 240 Yes
4 of 34 Canadohta Lk Crawford 0 n/a 2 170 Yes
5 of 34 Loyalhanna Lk Westmoreland 0 n/a 8 479 Yes Yes
6 of 34 Lk Somerset Somerset 0 n/a 8 253 Yes Yes
7 of 34 Frances Slocum Lk Luzerne 0 n/a 4 166 Yes
8 of 34 Shawnee Lk Bedford 0 n/a 7 451 Yes
9 of 34 Hills Ck Lk Tioga 0 n/a 4 136 Yes
10 of 34 Donegal Lk Westmoreland 0 n/a 8 90 Yes Yes
11 of 34 Justus Lk Venango 0 n/a 2 144 Yes Yes
12 of 34 Holman Lk Perry 0 n/a 7 88 Yes
13 of 34 Opossum Ck Lk Cumberland 0 n/a 7 59 Yes Yes
14 of 34 Kahle Lk Venango
Clarion
0 n/a 2 251 Yes
15 of 34 Sweet Arrow Lk Schuylkill 0 n/a 7 100 Yes
16 of 34 Canoe Lk Blair 0 n/a 7 155 Yes
17 of 34 Belmont Lk Wayne 0 n/a 5 172 Yes
18 of 34 Leboeuf Lk Erie 0 n/a 2 70 Yes
19 of 34 Rose Valley Lk Lycoming 0 n/a 3 389 Yes
20 of 34 Tuscarora Lk Schuylkill 0 n/a 6 96 Yes Yes
21 of 34 Pinchot Lk York 0 n/a 7 340 Yes
22 of 34 Lackawanna Lk Lackawanna 0 n/a 4 198 Yes
23 of 34 Keystone Lk Westmoreland 0 n/a 8 78 Yes
24 of 34 Duke Lk Greene 0 n/a 8 62 Yes
25 of 34 Memorial Lk Lebanon 0 n/a 7 84 Yes
26 of 34 Prompton Rs Wayne 0 n/a 5 280 Yes
27 of 34 Gordon Lk Bedford 0 n/a 7 146 Yes
Not Ranked Crooked Ck Lk and Tailwater Armstrong 0 n/a 2 350 Yes
Not Ranked Mahoning Ck Lk Armstrong 0 n/a 2 279 Yes Yes
Not Ranked Raccoon Lk Beaver 0 n/a 8 101 Yes
Not Ranked Dutch Fk Lk Washington 0 n/a 8 91 Yes Yes
Not Ranked North Park Lk Allegheny 0 n/a 8 75 Yes
Not Ranked Bridgeport Dm Westmoreland 0 n/a 8 70 Yes
Not Ranked Falls Twp Park Lk Bucks 0 n/a 6 67 Yes
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Small Reservoirs/Lakes
Ranking Water County Sec. Section Limits AFM
Area
Acres Pure Tiger
1 of 3 Union City Rs Erie 0 n/a 2 25 Yes
2 of 3 Kaercher Ck Dm Berks 0 n/a 6 32 Yes Yes
Not Ranked Mill Rn Rs Fayette 0 n/a 8 26 Yes
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Small Rivers
Ranking Water County Sec. Section Limits AFM
Area
Acres Pure Tiger
Not Ranked Shenango R Lawrence
Mercer
5 1.5 Miles Dwnstm Shenango Dam
- downstream to -
Mouth
1 1,049 Yes
Not Ranked Lehigh R Lehigh
Northampton
9 Northampton Dam
- downstream to -
Easton Dam - Conf W DelawareRr
5 966 Yes
Not Ranked French Ck Crawford
Mercer
Venango
6 Cussewago Ck
- downstream to -
Mouth
2 740 Yes
Not Ranked Perkiomen Ck Montgomery 5 Green Lane Rs Dm
- downstream to -
Mouth
6 669 Yes
Not Ranked Conodoguinet Ck Cumberland 5 Route 74 N of Carlisle
- downstream to -
Mouth
7 647 Yes
Not Ranked French Ck Crawford
Erie
4 Leboeuf Ck
- downstream to -
Woodcock Ck
2 546 Yes
Not Ranked Lehigh R Carbon
Lehigh
Northampton
8 Lowhead Dam at Palmerton
- downstream to -
Northampton Dam
5 528 Yes
Not Ranked Juniata R Raystn Br Bedford 8 Confluence of Brush Ck
- downstream to -
Confluence of Yellow Ck
7 412 Yes
Not Ranked Mahoning Ck Armstrong 4 Conf of Pine Rn
- downstream to -
Mouth
2 407 Yes
Not Ranked Swatara Ck Dauphin 5 Manada Ck Confluence
- downstream to -
Swatara Ck Mouth
7 296 Yes
Not Ranked Conestoga R Lancaster 2 Cocalico Ck Conf
- downstream to -
Lanc Waterworks Dam
6 289 Yes
Not Ranked French Ck Crawford 5 Woodcock Ck
- downstream to -
Cussewago Ck
2 143 Yes
Not Ranked Juniata R Raystn Br Bedford 9 Confluence of Yellow Ck
- downstream to -
Dam at Warrior's Path State Park
7 119 Yes
Not Ranked Connoquenessing Ck Beaver
Lawrence
7 Conf Slippery Rock Ck
- downstream to -
Conf Beaver R
1 101 Yes
Not Ranked Juniata R Raystn Br Bedford 4 Confluence of Shawnee Br
- downstream to -
Confluence of Shobers Rn
7 84 Yes
Not Ranked Juniata R Raystn Br Bedford 7 Route 26 Bridge at Everett
- downstream to -
Confluence of Brush Ck
7 77 Yes
Not Ranked Shenango R Crawford
Mercer
2 Outlet Pymatuning Res
- downstream to -
Conf with Shenango R Ltl
1 75 Yes
Not Ranked Juniata R Raystn Br Bedford 5 Confluence of Shobers Rn
- downstream to -
Confluence of Cove Ck
7 72 Yes
Not Ranked French Ck Erie 3 Union City Dam
- downstream to -
Leboeuf Ck
2 60 Yes
Not Ranked Mahoning Ck Armstrong 3 Mahoning Lk Dambreast
- downstream to -
Conf of Pine Rn
2 46 Yes
Not Ranked Juniata R Raystn Br Bedford 6 Confluence of Cove Ck
- downstream to -
Route 26 Bridge at Everett
7 40 Yes
Not Ranked Tionesta Ck Forest 4 Dam Breast
- downstream to -
Mouth
2 26 Yes
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Warmwater Streams
Ranking Water County Sec. Section Limits AFM
Area
Acres Pure Tiger
Not Ranked Cussewago Ck Crawford 2 Conf with W Br Cussewago Ck
- downstream to -
Rt 198 Bridge
2 136 Yes
Not Ranked Conneaut Ck Erie 3 Missing Brdg T301
- downstream to -
PA-OH Border
1 131 Yes Yes
Not Ranked French Ck W Br Erie 2 Sr0089 Ltl Hope
- downstream to -
Mouth
2 103 Yes
Not Ranked Oswayo Ck McKean
Potter
5 Bridge at Sharon Center
- downstream to -
Rt 44 Bridge at Ceres, NY
2 77 Yes
Not Ranked Maiden Ck Berks 3 Lk Ontelaunee Dam
- downstream to -
Mouth
6 43 Yes
Not Ranked Woodcock Ck Crawford 3 Woodcock Dam
- downstream to -
Mouth
2 15 Yes
Not Ranked Darby Ck Delaware 4 Hilldale Rd Bridge
- downstream to -
Pine St (Darby Borough)
6 9 Yes
Not Ranked Conneaut Outlet Crawford 1 Conneaut Lake
- downstream to -
Mouth
2 0 Yes
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