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A Fishery consists of three elements:

    • the animals that are being pursued
    • the habitat in which the animals live
    • the people who are pursuing the animals for either sport or commercial purposes

Pennsylvania is fortunate to have vast water resource comprised of more than 86,000 miles of streams and rivers, along with 4,000 inland lakes and ponds covering 160,000 acres, plus 470,000 acres of Lake Erie.

Within the PA Fish & Boat Commission (PFBC), the Division of Fisheries Management, Bureau of Fisheries, oversees PFBC efforts in the management of Pennsylvania fisheries.

Listed below are Commission reports related to fisheries management.

Surveys of fish populations of individual streams and lakes are posted within the Biologist Reports section of our website. View mapping of PA waters on our County Guide and PA Lakes pages. Other resources include Trout Water Classifications, Habitat Improvement and Lake Habitat Improvement.


 Forms and Publications

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Water ⇧Title ⇳County ⇳Species ⇳Field One ⇳Field Two ⇳
​Big Spring Creek ​Big Spring Creek Management Plan CumberlandTrout  
​Delaware River ​Delaware River Management Plan Multiple-  
​Delaware River ​Flexible Flow Management for Delaware River Multiple-  
​Delaware River ​Delaware River Journal Multiple-  
​Lehigh River Lehigh River Fish Passage Feasibility Study​ MultipleTrout  
​Lehigh River ​Lehigh River Management Plan Statewide-  
​Lehigh River ​Lehigh River Angler Log Book Multiple-  
​Multiple ​Pennsylvania Wild Trout Summit StatewideTrout  
​Multiple ​Trout Plan StatewideTrout  
​Multiple ​Strategic Plan for Management of Trout Fisheries in Pennsylvania 2010 - 2014, Final Status Report StatewideTrout  
​Multiple ​Tail Water Workgroup – Fisheries Committee presentation Statewide-  
​Multiple ​Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS) Action Plan: Viral Hemorrhagic Septicemia (VHS) Statewide-  
​Multiple ​Walleye fisheries management plan StatewideWalleye  
​Multiple ​Three Rivers Management Plan Multiple-  
​Multiple ​Shad reports – listed on Shad feature page StatewideShad  
​Multiple ​Unassessed Waters Initiative StatewideTrout  
​Multiple ​History of the Management of Trout Fisheries in Pennsylvania StatewideTrout  
​Multiple ​Strategic Plan for Management of Trout Fisheries in Pennsylvania 2010 - 2014 StatewideTrout  
​Multiple ​Stocked Trout Program Cost Study 2009 StatewideTrout  
​Multiple ​Operational Guidelines for the Management of Trout Fisheries in Pennsylvania Waters StatewideTrout  
​Multiple ​PA Trout Fishing Survey - Responsive Management StatewideTrout  
​Multiple ​Factors Influencing Smallmouth Bass Year-Class Strength and Future Smallmouth Bass Fisheries StatewideBass  
​Multiple ​Catch & Release Fishing; Effects on Bass Populations StatewideBass  
​Multiple ​Tournament Catch Report Synopsis, 2004 StatewideBass  
​Multiple ​Wildlife Action Plan Statewide-  
​Multiple​ ​Summary of the Biological Assessments and Angler Satisfaction Surveys for the Evaluation of the Panfish Enhancement Special Regulation Program StatewidePanfish  
​Pine Creek ​Pine Creek Fisheries Management Plan Multiple-  
​Sinnamahoning Creek ​Aquatic Biological Investigation in Response to the June 30, 2006, Norfolk Southern Train Derailment and Sodium Hydroxide Release Multiple-  
​Spring Creek ​The Fishery of Spring Creek: A Watershed Under Siege CentreTrout  
​Susquehanna River ​Susquehanna River Management Plan Multiple-  
​Susquehanna River ​Susquehanna Smallmouth Bass Management MultipleBass  
​Susquehanna River ​Susquehanna River Walleye Fishery MultipleWalleye  
Multiple Stocked Trout Program Cost Study 2009 Appendices StatewideTrout  
Ohio River Ohio River Basin Blue Catfish Re-Introduction Plan Multiple-  
West Branch Susquehanna River​ ​Addition of the upper West Branch Susquehanna River to Section 65.15 (Catch and Release All-Tackle Regulations) Cambria, ClearfieldTrout  
Youghiogheny River​ ​Youghiogheny River Management Plan Multiple-