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Although Pennsylvania may have been named for its woods, our waters are the real attraction. There are 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. What does this mean to you? There's plenty of good fishing nearby! Below are links to a few pages on our website to get you started

Fishing Regulations
Information about Pennsylvania regulations and fishing licenses.

County Guide
Looking for a place to launch a boat or catch a trout? Need driving directions? Or regulations for a body of water? Our County Guide provides an easy way to find just this kind of fishing and boating related information.

Information about the Commission's fish stocking programs and list of schedules available on our website.

Interactive Maps Geographic Information System (GIS)
We have a number of interactive maps designed for anglers and boaters. "Map" only begins to describe what these pages can do, they virtually serve as a complete guide for their respective topics.

Pennsylvania Lakes
Feature pages for lakes managed by the Commission. Links to PA Department of Conservation & Natural Resources (DCNR) and United States Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) lakes are also provided.

Region Reports
Local fishing & boating reports by region.

Biologist Reports
Surveys of streams and lakes by Commission fisheries biologists to document fish populations, etc.

PA's Best Fishing Waters
Suggestions on where to fish in PA. Just choose the species or type of fishing you want to do.

Trout Stream Listings
The Commission classifies trout streams in a number of ways, for instance wild vs. stocked. This page defines those classifications and has links to the listings.

Special Regulation Areas
Shows special regulation areas by county, regardless of regulation category.

Special Activity Permits
Information about fishing tournaments and derbies, also used to request the use of Commission property.

Professional Fishing Services

Fishing Fundamentals
Information for beginners and others looking to improve their angling skills.

Family Fishing Programs
Educational programs designed for families with little or no fishing experience. Families will learn basic fishing skills and have an opportunity to practice those skills while fishing together during the program. In addition to Family Fishing, there are specialized programs for family ice fishing, family fly-fishing and a SMART angler program for youth between the ages of 8 and 12.

Ice / Winter Fishing
Destinations for winter and ice fishing in Pennsylvania.

Water Trails
For those of you who like to fish while you paddle.

Public Access to Waters & Riparian Rights
Information on public rights to private waters and landowner relations.

Children/Disabled Fishing Areas
Regulations and listing of areas exclusively for children 15 and under and persons with disabilities.