|You're right! Fishing for
warmwater/coolwater species of fish is extremely popular in Pennsylvania. Whether it's fishing for shad in the Delaware, bass in the Susquehanna River,
going for crappie, bullheads and other panfish in Lake Glendale or fishing for
walleye in Lake Erie or Pymatuning, Pennsylvania's warmwater/coolwater fisheries
provide hundreds of thousands anglers millions of days of fishing pleasure.
Surveys show that most anglers fish for warmwater/coolwater fish as well as
coldwater species such as trout. Well over 60% of all Pennsylvania anglers
devote at least part of their fishing days fishing for warmwater/coolwater
fishes; some anglers fish exclusively for these fish.
Fisheries management of the warmwater/coolwater species contributes greatly
to the success of the sport. The Commission has special regulations in
place for bass, panfish and other warmwater/coolwater species on numerous
waters. Programs such as big bass and panfish enhancement are very popular with many
The Fish and Boat Commission annually stocks millions of warmwater/coolwater fishes in
Pennsylvania waters. Walleye, channel catfish, striped bass,
muskellunge and tiger muskellunge comprise the bulk of the Commission's
maintenance stocking program. In
recent years, these stockings have occurred (on average) in about
190 waters each year.
for more information on survival rates for warmwater/coolwater species stocked
in Pennsylvania waters.
Our fisheries management reports provide information on warmwater/coolwater populations in many
specific bodies of water.
Recreational fishing has major positive economic impacts for Pennsylvania. Overall, the economic impact of recreational fishing has been conservatively
estimated at $1.35 billion per year. It supports nearly 17,000 jobs, and
fishing contributes nearly $50 million per year to the state's General Fund in
the form of sales tax and income tax. It's difficult to separate the
economic impact of warmwater/coolwater fishing from the overall impact of
fishing in Pennsylvania since we offer so many diverse warmwater/coolwater
fishing opportunities. However, we believe it's safe to say that warmwater/coolwater fishing has a positive economic impact of hundreds of millions of dollars each year.