For Local Anglers, Summer is All About That Bass
Luckily, NEPA is home to some of the best bass fishing in the state.
For eager Northeastern Pennsylvania anglers, Father’s Day weekend brings one of the most highly anticipated days of the year. Saturday, June 15 is the official start of the summer Bass fishing season. After a couple months of coaxing finicky trout from smaller streams, it’s time to move on to bigger water.
Largemouth, smallmouth and spotted bass are by far a few of America’s most popular game fish. The lure of a monster bass gulping down your bait and peeling off your line is enough to keep antsy anglers coming back again and again. Fortunately, NEPA has no shortage of hotspots for hooking up with those elusive lunkers. All you need is a little time and patience, the proper gear, and, of course, a fishing license.
You must go where the fish are.
You can find great bass fishing in every corner of the region. From small ponds to massive dams and lakes, the summer months provide hours of amazing bass action. You can even get them in the Upper Delaware and Susquehanna rivers. Whether you prefer to fish by boat, or from shore, many of our parks provide easy access to the water. Some even rent out poles and tackle. As far as making the fish bite, well, that’s up to you.
You don’t have to be an expert with all the latest gadgets and toys. Get out there and spend a day on the water. We might just make a fisherman of you yet.
Here’s to tight lines and good times. We’ve rounded up some of NEPA’s best bass fishing hotspots. Check them out.
Bass Fishing in NEPA
Frances Slocum Lake
Frances Slocum State Park
Launch the boat, or find a comfy spot along the expansive shoreline at this state park in Wyoming. The 165-acre, horseshoe-shaped lake offers plenty of space and incredible summer bass fishing.
Lackawanna State Park
Explore 7.5 miles of shoreline at this popular state park lake in North Abington Twp. A healthy population of largemouth bass draws anglers to the lake all summer long.
Sweet Valley, PA
Hunt for trophy bass at this quiet, 30-acre reservoir in Sweet Valley. Extensive lily pad cover on the pond offers ideal conditions for bass anglers proficient with artificial lures.
Beltzville State Park
Rent a boat, launch your own or find a good spot along the shore at this massive, 949-acre lake in Lehighton. Smallmouth and largemouth bass make up some of the top trophies from this healthy fishery.
Tobyhanna State Park
This warm water lake in Tobyhanna is ideal for a summer bass trip. Fish along the lake trail or head for deeper water in your own boat. The park also rents electric motor boats, kayaks, rowboats and more.
Mauch Chunk Lake
Mauch Chunk Lake Park
Get all you need from boat to bait and tackle at this 345-acre lake in Jim Thorpe. Cast off for monster smallmouth and largemouth bass from the fully accessible fishing pier.
Tuscarora State Park
Enjoy a peaceful day on the water at this beautiful, tree lined lake in Barnesville. You can even set up to fish those productive twilight hours as this park allows night fishing.
Experience some of the best bass fishing in the state at this Susquehanna River park in Tunkhannock. Easy river access, and plenty of parking make this a truly unique spot on this section of the river.
Prompton State Park
The big one awaits at this gorgeous state park lake in Prompton. Situated high in the Pocono Mountains, this peaceful, 290-acre lake is loaded with smallmouth and largemouth bass.
Find a spot at one of six recreation areas and access points on this massive lake in Hawley. The third largest man-made lake in the state spans nearly 50 miles of shoreline and it is home to plenty of hungry bass.
PPL Susquehanna Riverlands
Access the mighty Susquehanna River at this riverfront park in Berwick. Plenty of parking and an accessible riverside trail gets you up close and personal with some of the best smallmouth bass fishing in NEPA.
You're Not Going to Land the Big One Without the Right Gear
Load up the tackle box and bait cooler.
Whether you’re an artificial lure aficionado, or a live bait purist, NEPA’s bait and tackle shops will get you prepared for an exciting day on the water. From topwater poppers and shallow divers to minnows and good old nightcrawlers, if you need it, our local experts can find it.
Be sure to stop by these locally-owned bait shops on your way to the lake.
NEPA Bait & Tackle Shops
West Side Bait & Sporting Goods
Custom Tackle and Bait
Smith's Outdoor Connection
Hanover Twp., PA
Carol's Bait Shop
Skippy's Bait Shop
Schuylkill Haven, PA
Montrose Sporting Goods
Pocono Boat House
Pocono Lake, PA
Sible and Sons Bait and Tackle
The Bait Buddies
Hunlock Creek, PA
Wallenpaupack Sport Shop
One Stop Sport Shop
M&J Custom Rods
Clarks Summit, PA
Dallas Sporting Goods
Pocono Bait Shop
Mount Pocono, PA