Lancaster County Trout Fishing
Good trout fishing spots in Lancaster County Pennsylvania
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While farm country doesn't offer the best trout fishing, there are some decent spots to go that are stocked by the state and some local sportsman's clubs. If you love fishing and don't have the time to drive to the mountains or want to find a new hobby close to home, try your skill at fishing for trout in Lancaster County and have lots of fun too.
What to expect fishing, trout fishing in Lancaster, Pa
Keep in mind your not going to find native trout in super nice mountain streams, but for the angler that lives in Southeast PA and wants something to do the fishing isn't that bad.
Generally the trout don't survive the hot summer months and many of the streams probably don't hold fish even into the late spring due to poor water quality and high temperatures. The good thing is that most of the fish are caught out by then so they don't generally die and float now the stream.
The season opens several weeks earlier in Southeast Pa, than it does in the rest of the state so watch out for the dual opening days and make sure that you're in the right area.
Obviously some of the streams are better than others and all have there own little quarks and intricacies, we're going to tried and sort through all that so that Pa anglers can easily navigate the waters. Hopefully if enough people get interested in fishing for trout in this part of the state, more efforts will be undertaken to return some of the waters to there original state.
What is their original state you ask? Well as the area grew and prospered, farmers and businessmen became more industrious and started using the God given power of the the waterways to power there many different kinds of mills. The grain mills, wind mills, saw mills ext, had to dam the water making mill ponds to be able to have the water reserves to run there mills.
This caused a change in the basic design and structure of the streams. While this helped the land and people prosper (And I'm not faulting them for this) it also caused the natural spring areas and drainage areas of the streams to be lost, with silt and erosion making banks and clogging the flow.
This would change the course and flow of the stream making the water higher in contaminants and warmer. in any case in most streams the trout aren't a native fish anyway, but they put them there now, so lets get back to the topic on hand.... fishing for trout in Lancaster County.
The types of streams that are stocked with trout vary greatly in the different areas of the county. In the northern part of the county somewhat quisi mountain streams can be found.
There are other streams in the southern and eastern parts of the county that are more of the farm streams that we talked about earlier. Not all the streams are stocked and managed by the PA fish commission. There are certain streams that the state has approved of as a trout water and there are other streams that are stocked by the local fishing clubs, obviously there are some streams that just grow panfish, carp and suckers.
If the fish aren't biting, read a book on a kindle
A bad day fishing for trout in Lancaster County is better than any day at work. If the fish are not biting, read a book on a kindle while your waiting for them to bite. I have one of these and it's a great way to pass the time. I also have a kindle app on my I-phone to read books, which works well if I don't want to take my kindle fire with me.
State Stocked Approved Trout Waters
Big Beaver Creek
East Branch Octoraro Creek
Little Beaver Creek
Little Chiques Creek
Little Cocalico Creek
Little Conestoga Creek
Little Muddy Creek
West Branch Little Conestoga Creek
West Branch Octoraro Creek
Stocked Trout Streams Stocked by Fishing Clubs
Prepare for your trout fishing season