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Go Fishing Now in Pennsylvania!
Pennsylvania is often overlooked as a fishing trip destination. It is the home state of Go Fishing Now making us quite familiar with its strong fisheries.
Western Pennsylvania has great fishing from Lake Erie to the Three Rivers in Pittsburgh. Central Pennsylvania has top notch trout waters and unmatched smallmouth waters like the Susquehanna River. Eastern Pennsylvania holds the Delaware River, which hosted a Bassmaster Elite event in 2014.
We didn't even mention many of the popular waters like Lake Raystown, Juniata River, Lake Wallenpaupack, and the Pymatuning Reservoir. Needless to say, there are a lot of fishing opportunities in the Keystone State.
To learn about fishing regulations in Pennsylvania, visit the Pennsylvania Fish & Boat Commission.
The picture of a covered bridge over a very trout looking Pennsylvania stream was taken by David Mark.
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Hooked on Catfishing Guide Service
Do you like big cats? Not the kind that you see in the zoo but the kind that swim in the water, and in this case, the waters of the Susquehanna River. For those of us local to the River, we know that it has seen its ups and downs in recent years in regards to its smallmouth bass fishing. But we can tell you that when it comes to flathead catfish and big flathead catfish, the fishing is outstanding and only seemingly getting better. Hooked on Catfishing is a professional guide service in South Central Pennsylvania that targets these trophy cats. Hooked on Catfishing is run by Joe Gunter. Fish in the 20lb+ category are not an uncommon haul when fishing with Joe and 40lb+ fish are caught every year. In 2015, he caught 15 fish over 40lbs. Now, that is trophy catfishing! Joe guides from the Harrisburg, PA area down to the Conawingo Dam in Maryland. I agree with Joe's statement on his web site about the next State record. Knowing this fishery, if I was a betting person, I would wager that the next State record flathead catfish is coming from this section of the Susquehanna River. You will be fishing with him on his boat built for the catfish inhabiting the Susquehanna's shallow rocky waters. This is nightfishing, which means you never quite know what you have until it is in the boat. This fishery is hot right now. Come and give Hooked on Catfishing a call to take advantage of some great fishing.
Jerry Hadden's Guide Service
There may not be a more underrated body of water as the Delaware River. I am sure many locals don't want me go on and on about it here on Go Fishing Now as I am sure they want to keep this resource quiet. In order to support Jerry's Hadden Guide Service, a guide service we have heard many good things about, we will bring a bit of attention to it. But it can not be stressed enough that this is a delicate fishery. Visitors must be mindful of not overharveting or using poor handling techniques. This is a jewel of Pennsylvania and the Mid-Atlantic that we want to keep that way for a long time. Someone who always has handle of the conditions and patterns of fishing now and the conservation issues for the future in mind on this fishery is professional guide Jerry Hadden. Jerry is based out of Susquehanna, Pennsylvania. He specializes in fishing for wild Brown and Rainbow trout on the Upper Delaware. You will float with him on his drift boat, occasionally wading from the boat to make the perfect presentation. Wild trout don't get as big as the fish Jerry catches by biting at anything. These fish are selective and challenging. This is where working with a guide like Jerry is invaluable. When you do slide that big wild Brown or Rainbow into the net, it is a memory that will last a lifetime.
Kayak Fish PA
Kayak Fish PA is an interesting guide service in that not only do they offer guiding kayak fishing but they also will provide kayak techniques instruction with you. The guide service is run by Juan Veruete from Bellefonte, PA. For the fishing, you will be floating the Susquehanna River or Juniata River in Pennsylvania. Primary target will be both these rivers' smallmouth bass population. Juan's website is chalked full with tons of fishing information. For the kayak instruction, he will teach basic safety to advanced paddling techniques to make you a better kayak fisherman or fisherwoman.
Ken Penrod's Life Outdoors Unlimited
There may not be a name more synonymous with Mid-Atlantic fishing than Ken Penrod. This reputation only comes with a long history of providing quality guide services in some of this area's best fishing spots. Ken Penrod's Life Outdoors Unlimited has been a long standing fishing guide service in the Mid-Atlantic. While the service is operated by Ken Penrod, he uses many guides to cover the areas of Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia and District of Columbia. Waters that they fish include Susquehanna River, Potomac River, Chesapeake Bay, Deep Creek Lake, Sassafras River, Choptank River, Nanticoke River, Wicomico River, and Pocomoke River. They fish primarily for smallmouth bass and largemouth bass. There is a ton of information on his web site including regularly updated fishing reports. I have been following these reports for years. Ken has also published a book call Pursuing River Smallmouth which should be considered a must read. I could go on a long time about their fishing reputation in this area but look for yourself and I am confident you will be impressed.
L.D. Guide Service
The Susquehanna River is one of the Keystone State's fishing bright spots. Smallmouth bass are the favorite on most stretches of this river. But this is not a river that you can just come and launch and go fish. For much of its time in Pennsylvania, the Susquehanna runs shallow with prop busting rocks are lurking just under the surface and ready to cause damage. In other words, this is a river that using a guide for your first day or two of fishing is always a wise idea. L.D. Guide Service offers just what you are looking for if you are new to the Susquehanna or even if you are experienced looking to improve your knowledge and skills. Very uniquely is that Lance, owner of L.D. Guide Service, records everyday of fishing. That's right you get to find out how each day on the water went. He has been doing it for over the last 10 years. Talk about an honest and transparent guide. Lance fishes 12 months per year. While smallmouth are his focus on the north branch of the river, catches of walleye, northern pike, muskie, catfish, and carp are all possible in a day of fishing.
Mike's Guide Service
Mike's Guide Service is run by Mike Lionetti. He is base out of Wyalusing, Pennsylvania and is a licensed and insured full time fishing guide. Mike brings with him over thirty plus years of experience on every guided trip that he takes. He fishes a over 60 mile stretch of the Susquehanna River,, specializing in catching smallmouth bass. Mike has a guest house for accommodations if you need a place to stay along with your trip. He will also guide you on a small private lake with some big ol' largemouth bass available. Lastly, if you want to fish a PA area lake, he will guide you there also. Pretty much if you want to be guided in Central PA, Mike can build a trip for you.
Sky Blue Outfitters
Want to fish Pennsylvania? Well then check out Sky Blue Outfitters. Sky Blue operates in the back yard of us here at Go Fishing Now. They fish many Central and Eastern Pennsylvania waters that we call home. They offer 1/2 day, full day, float trips, and overnight packages. Penns Creek, Spring Creek, Lehigh River, Big Fishing Creek, Susquehanna River are just a small sampling of the many waters that they fish. Rick Nyles, owner, started guiding in 1999 and formed Sky Blue in 2002. All of their guides are native to Pennsylvania and have lived their whole life in the Keystone State. Sky Blue does both wade and drift boat trips for trout. They have two drift boats that provide access to water that you can't wade. This also allows them to target smallmouth bass, northern pike, and muskie if that is something you are interested in. They will also take you on trips to target carp in many of these waters. Sky Blue Outfitters fish so many good waters here in Pennsylvania and their web site is packed with information. Take a look and you will learn about all they do and Pennsylvania's great fishing.
Susquehanna River Guides
Fishing for smallmouth bass is always a blast no matter how you catch them. But if you have never fly fished for smallies, you must give it a try. Or if you have never worked with a professional guide to enhance your skills, you owe it to yourself to spend a day learning from the best. Susquehanna River Guides is a fly fishing guide service. They fish the Juniata and Susquehanna River specializing in targeting smallmouth bass. They use a Clacka-Craft 16' low profile drift boat to put you on the best spots. A full day guided trip with them involves floating a 7 to 9 mile stretch of the river, selected based upon current water levels, conditions and the time of year. You can fish with them as a beginner and have all the equipment provided or fish with them as an experienced fly caster with your own equipment learning to enhance your skills. Lunch is included with your full day experience. Multi-day and overnight trips are also available. Call Susquehanna River Guides and fly fish two of Pennsylvania's best smallmouth waters.
The Feathered Hook Guide Service
The Feathered Hook Guide Service operates on some of the best trout waters in Pennsylvania and the entire Northeast. They operated out of The Feathered Hook Fly Shop, which has been around since 1989. Their specialization is wild natural trout that are stream bred and raised. If you have never witnessed the pure beauty first hand of a Pennsylvania wild trout, you really owe it to yourself to book a trip with Feathered Hook. They guide on both public and private waters. You will be fishing limestone streams like Penns Creek, Elk Creek, Pine Creek, Big Fishing Creek, and Spring Creek in Central PA for brown and brook trout. The shop sits on the banks of Penns Creek in Coburn, PA. Coburn is nearly directly in the center of the State and about 90 miles northwest of Harrisburg. In addition to the guide service and fly shop, they also have a Bed & Breakfast if overnight accommodations are needed. Like we said, you really should consider a call Feathered Hook to experience the unmatched beauty of PA's wild trout. And if you are already familiar, you should still call as we know you are hooked on these spectacular Keystone State fish.