By Danielle Taylor

Trout season has begun in the Pennsylvania Great Outdoors, meaning that anglers from across Pennsylvania and beyond have begun to flock to this five-county region’s cold mountain streams, clear flowing rivers, and quiet lakes like moths to a flame. A wide variety of fish reside in these waters, and with so many miles of open water, you can easily find your own slice of fishing heaven.

In Forest and Clarion Counties, the Allegheny River passes through Tionesta, Foxburg, and East Brady, and fishermen and women here and on Tionesta Lake can find walleye, bass, muskie, northern pike, yellow perch, and trout. Those in search of catfish can find tournaments in East Brady every year.

The Clarion River starts north of Ridgway and travels west through Cook Forest and Clarion before it connects with the Allegheny at Foxburg, and it offers both cold- and warm-water fisheries, making it an ideal destination for the angler seeking diversity. In Elk County, fishermen can find a wealth of trophy brown trout, and as the river makes its way through Cook Forest, smallmouth bass and trout make an appearance as well. Piney Dam offers warm-water species like bass, walleye, catfish, and crappie.

Native brook trout live in many of the mountain streams here, and stocked brook, brown, and rainbow trout amplify your chances of hooking your share. Additionally, lakes such as Cloe Lake in Jefferson County and Kahle Lake in Clarion County teem with fish. Each spring, many local sportsmen’s clubs host popular youth fishing derbies.

Cook Forest has a special fishing pond at Tom’s Run stocked with trout just for use by children 12 and younger and people with disabilities. A level grass bank at the edge of the pond provides easy access.

Find more information on fishing and other interesting things to do and places to explore in the Pennsylvania Great Outdoors region by going to or calling (814) 849-5197.

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