The fish are always biting, so anytime you can grab your rod and head out to your favorite spot, that's a good thing.
But when the weather is as nice as it's been this week, that's a bonus.
There are plenty of great spots to cast a reel in Lancaster County. As we head into summer and more comfortable fishing weather, here's a look a some of those spots:
(This story was originally published on June 2, 2015)
The Pennsylvania Fish & Boat Commission charts what it says are the best fishing spots in Pennsylvania for 12 different fish.
Only one spot in Lancaster County is on its list: The Octoraro Reservoir for channel catfish.
That’s one better than in 2013, when LNP staff writer P.J. Reilly spoke to Mike and George Acord. The brothers own and operate Susquehanna Fishing Tackle in Columbia.
“We’ve got some of the best fishing in the country, let alone Pennsylvania,” Mike Acord told Reilly.
We recently contacted Mike Acord and asked him to give us his list of the 10 best places to go fishing in Lancaster County.
He was more than happy to oblige.
Before you head out, don't forget you need a fishing license (see rate chart below), and brush up on Pennsylvania’s fishing regulations.
Here is Acord’s Top 10 list, which includes fishes found in each place:
1. Susquehanna River at Middletown, upriver from Swatara Creek and downriver from Falmouth in Conoy Township
While this section of the river is good for trophy smallmouth bass, you never know what may end up on your hook.
Steve Mellinger caught a 35-pound musky near Falmouth in 2013.
2. Susquehanna River at Safe Harbor Dam near Conestoga
This section of the Susquehanna is good for walleye, smallmouth bass, and flathead and channel catfish.
You don't have to tell Adam Kealey about the good flathead catfish. Check out the beast he caught in 2012.
3. Muddy Run Lake in Holtwood
This lake in Lancaster County's southern end is good for panfish, smallmouth bass and trout.
Randy Rendlier, of New Providence, gets a head start on trout season at Muddy Run Lake in 2013.
4. Susquehanna River at Holtwood
This section of the river is good for walleye, and smallmouth and largemouth bass.
5. Hammer Creek in Lititz
This is a good place to fish for trout.
As these guys demonstrate, it's a great spot to grab a bucket, flip it over, have a seat and wait for the fish to bite.
6. Lake Aldred near Pequea
This is a good place to fish for flathead catfish.
How can you pass up a scene like this?
7. Fishing Creek in Drumore Township
A direct tributary of the Susquehanna River that drains to the Chesapeake Bay, this scenic destination offers good trout fishing.
8. Susquehanna River at Bainbridge
Standing on the White Cliffs of Conoy gives you a great view of the section of the Susquehanna known for good walleye and smallmouth bass.
9. Lake Grubb in West Hempfield
Located in West Hempfield Township, Lake Grubb Nature Preserve features a manmade lake in the ore pit of an iron mine excavated in the 1800s.
You'll find the lake is a good place for largemouth bass and panfish.
10. Conowingo Creek near East Drumore Township
This is a good spot for trout.
Before you head out and drop some major bucks on that flashy rod and reel, take note of what Jaylynn Doulin used to snag this nice-looking trout in 2013. Yep, that would be a toy Barbie fishing kit.
Rates for 2017 fishing licenses in Pennsylvania
Pennsylvania Fish & Boat Commission
Do you have a favorite fishing spot in Lancaster County? Share it with us in the comments section below.