Complete Guide to Fishing in the Poconos

The Poconos is one of the better fresh water habitats for some serious fishing - all year. From stocked public and private lakes and streams to the upper reaches of the Delaware River, for the serious to pay lakes for plentiful family fun

Fishing in the Poconos

Lakes, rivers, streams: just the right thing for family fishing fun or serious angling adventure. The Poconos offers a rainbow of great fishing in lakes, streams rivers, and backwaters.

The wilds and waters of the Poconos have been favored fishing grounds since the first American Indians settled here thousands of years ago. With miles and miles of shoreline, streams, creeks and rivers, the Poconos is impressive in its offerings for anglers.

Families find fun at several of the pay lakes - where a catch is all but certain - and the many accessible lakes and rivers that can be seen from the roadside.

Serious anglers will find a number of treats in and out of the water - from the Orvis Fly Fishing School at Skytop Lodge to the historic Pennsylvania Fishing Museum on Pecks Pond.


Poconos Fishing Guide

While trout season doesn't officially open until April 14, you can hook all you want at some of the local fisheries. See listings below.

Within 2 hours of New York and Philadelphia, some of the nation's best fishing can be found. The State of Pennsylvania has, for decades, been heavily involved in wildlife conservation and management - the result is a spectacular environment of clear lakes and ponds, and free-flowing streams and rivers all well stocked with many species of native game fish.

Professional guides can help you locate that sweet spot where natives lay in wait for the right cast.

Some of the very best fly fishing is out of the Brodhead Creek, the Lackawaxen River and the Upper Delaware River. Shad fishing from the upper Delaware River is a summertime favorite among avid sportsmen.

Many people enjoy fishing at commercial hatcheries, where you're almost guaranteed to catch yourself a good sized trout or bass - a particularly popular activity among families with children.

Listed below are many of the local resources available for fishing related endeavors.

Pecks Pond Rentals
Route 402
Pecks Pond, Pennsylvania 18328
Phone: 570-775-7237

We know fishing. If you want to experience quiet, peaceful fishing and boating at your leisure, try our services. We will transfer one of our boats or canoes to several choices of lakes in the Poconos and pick you up after your fishing trip. We can also provide meals, lodging, supplies and guide services.We specialize in Bass, Trout,and Panfish lakes.

Cross Current Guide Service
100 Laurel Acres Road
Milford, Pennsylvania 18337
Phone: 914-475-6779 apr-oct
Phone: 570-296-6919 nov-mar

Join expert guide Joe Demalderis for catch release fly fishing on the Main Stem, West Branch and East Branch of the Upper Delaware River - said by many to be the best wild trout fishery in the east.
Cross Current Guide Service

Big Brown Fish Hatchery
PO Box 584, Route 115
Effort, PA 18330
Phone: 570-629-0427
Paradise Trout Preserve
Route 191
Cresco, PA
Phone: 570-629-0422
Rays Fishing Guide Service
Phone: (570) 654-5436
Lake Wallenpaupack, Harvey's Lake and Others.
Fully rigged fishing boat with all tackle and bait supplied. Four, Six and Eight Hour trips available weekdays and weekends. Bass, Stripers, Walleye, Perch, Calico, Pickerel and Panfish.

Big Brown Fish and Pay Pond for fishing in the Poconos Big Brown Fish and Pay Lakes - This fishing retreat on 10 acres is a Poconos family favorite with several ponds - including a beginners pond, a bait and tackle shop, picnic area, fish hatchery and thousands of fish just waiting for you. No fishing license required - [more]

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