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Bass Fishing Season Begins

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For Local Anglers, Summer is All About That Bass

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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.


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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 State Park - Sports & Outdoors - DiscoverNEPA

    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.

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  • Lackawanna Lake

    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.

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  • Harris Pond

    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.

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    Beltzville Lake

    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.

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  • Tobyhanna Lake

    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.

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  • 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.

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    Tuscarora Lake

    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.

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  • Riverside Park

    Tunkhannock, PA

    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.

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  • Prompton State Park - Things to Do - DiscoverNEPA

    Prompton Lake

    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.

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  • Lake Wallenpaupack

    Hawley, PA

    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.

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  • PPL Susquehanna Riverlands

    Berwick, PA

    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.

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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.

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