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The Allegheny National Forest provides some of the finest warm water fishing in northwestern Pennsylvania. Several reservoirs and over 500 miles of pristine streams offer outstanding fishing opportunities. The Allegheny reservoir (a 12,000 acre impoundment on the Allegheny River) is the largest reservoir on the Forest.

Fish species found in the Reservoir include smallmouth bass, muskellunge, walleye, northern pike, yellow perch, channel catfish, white bass, crappie, and bullhead catfish and some brown trout.

Tributary streams flowing into the Reservoir, as well as the streams located throughout the Forest, offer excellent cold-water fishing experiences. Some streams are stocked with brook, brown and rainbow trout while others have natural populations of brook trout.

Fishing regulations are set by the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission. A valid Pennsylvania fishing license is required to fish on the Allegheny National Forest. Seasons vary according to species. Consult PA State Fishing Regulations.

Stop the movement of invasive species that can hurt aquatic ecosystems by not releasing unused bait and cleaning off trailers and boats of all aquatic vegetation.  

The lead used in fishing tackle is poisonous, so you are encouraged to use lead free tackle in your fishing expeditions.

For more information on specific kinds of fishing, check out the Know Before You Go webpage.


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