Why Presque Isle is Among my Favorite Fishing Spots

America is fortunate to have an amazing number of great places to fish and boat. In fact, TakeMeFishing.org has just released the 2016 Top 100 Family Fishing and Boating Spots in America. When I checked the list, I noticed that my family visits #35, Presque Isle State Park on Lake Erie, Pennsylvania several times a year.

Reasons to Visit Presque Isle, Pa.:

1. Quality and quantity. This peninsula extends into one of the largest freshwater fishing lakes on earth and is well known for impressive numbers of chunky smallmouth bass, trophy walleye, and jumbo yellow perch. Although the interior waters of lagoons and bays receive a high amount of fishing pressure, they seem to be continually reloading.

2. Diversity. In addition to the freshwater fish species mentioned above, depending on the time of year, anglers can find pike, steelhead, brown trout, largemouth bass, crappie, and freshwater drum in the surrounding waters. It is also home to some unusual fish species such as burbot and bowfin, such as the one that crushed a spinnerbait on our last trip.

3. Outdoor options. Besides excellent fishing spots, there are nice beaches, miles of bike trails, four boat launching areas, and a great chance for some wildlife viewing. Even during the winter when Lake Erie is frozen, bird watchers may travel many miles to photograph the snowy owls which often visit.

Presque Isle State Park is no secret, but this boating and fishing spot handles its many visitors nicely. And just writing this makes me want to run back up there again. Before you travel, be sure to check out the Top 100 Family Fishing and Boating Spots in America. Have you tried any new fishing spots because of this list?


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Andy Whitcomb

Andy Whitcomb

Andy Whitcomb is a columnist, outdoor humorist, and stressed-out Dad. He says there are “people who fish”… and there are “fishermen”.  One of the few things he knows is that he is a “fisherman”...  To the point it could be classified as borderline illness.  Sharing this obsession is rewarding, therapeutic. He likes to encourage people to “stop and smell the crappie."  Enjoys catching fish, but gets a greater thrill out of helping someone else hook up.
Born in Florida, but raised on the banks of Oklahoma farm ponds. Now relocated to western Pennsylvania. He has fished, worked, lived all around the US.  He has a B.S. in Zoology from Oklahoma State as well...
And he met his wife while electrofishing. He has been contributing weekly to www.takemefishing.org since 2011.