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PENNSYLVANIA FISHES

Montage of PA fishes 

Pennsylvania is home to many popular game fish, including trout, bass, musky, walleye, steelhead, panfish and many more!


Species Feature Pages
Index of feature pages of individual species (trout, bass, etc.), which contain links to most of the web information we have about PA fish.

Gallery of PA Fishes
Information and illustrations taken from the Commission's reference book Pennsylvania Fishes.

VIDEO - Pennsylvania Fishes presentation

Popular Sport Fishes of PA
Where, how and when to catch popular game fishes.

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

State Record Fish
Current PA state records, rules and application.

Angler Award Program -- application & rules
Catch a big fish? Your first one? Get an Angler Award.

First Fish Certificate
Complete a certificate for a first catch and print.

Official measuring stations -- Businesses registered with the Commission to weigh and measure fish.

Biggest Fish
Listing of the biggest fish submitted to the Angler Award Program each year.

To be considered for the annual "Biggest Fish of the Year' list, applications must be received no later than February 28 of the following year. We clean up entry data and typically post the Biggest Fish web listing in mid-March.

Weight-Length Estimators
One page print-friendly lengths and weights of popular species:

      • Part I - bluegill, pumpkinseed, chain pickerel, black and white crappie, red-breasted sunfish, yellow perch and walleye
      • Part II - muskellunge, northern pike, American shad, trout, rock bass
      • Part III - largemouth, smallmouth and striped bass, channel catfish, brown bullhead

Within some of the individual Fish Species pages, tables are included that list estimated lengths, weights and ages of fish. Look for the '...management and Fishing in PA' document listed under the Fisheries Management heading.

Endangered & Threatened Species
Information about Pennsylvania's endangered and threatened species.

Consumption Advisories (PA Summary Book)
Public health advisory on consumption of caught sport fish.

Species by Watershed Approved for Open System (Flow Through) Propagation and Introductions
Fish species that can be legally introduced into PA waters.