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Bucks County covers 622 square miles of Pennsylvania hill country filled with lakes, rivers and streams. Put your hook in the water and reel in a variety of fish ranging from shimmering trout to hard-fighting pike and muskies. Get a Pennsylvania state fishing license, bait your hook and get ready to reel in fish at any time of year.
Rolling Down the River
The Delaware River is home to some of Pennsylvania's biggest fish, with state record-sized white perch, shad and striped bass pulled from the water body. The river runs more than 60 miles through Bucks County, with 11 islands mid-river. Route 32 -- also known as River Road -- parallels the river and provides many access areas. Fish where George Washington crossed the Delaware at Washington Crossing Historic Park near Yardley. A public boat ramp in Yardley provides river access for motorized or paddle-driven watercraft with 50 paved parking spaces and restroom facilities.
The Bridges of Bucks County
A dozen covered bridges provide scenic backdrops for your fishing outing in Bucks County. The Schofield Ford covered bridge is the longest in the county and lies within the boundaries of Tyler State Park. Park near the bridge to fish in Neshaminy Creek for smallmouth bass, crappie, sunfish and carp. At Delaware Canal State Park, toss a line in from the 60-mile towpath, at the park's 90 acre pond or near the Uhlerstown covered bridge or the Yardley railroad bridge that cross the canal.
A Walk in the Park
Bucks County is home to 16 county and state parks covering more than 7,500 acres. Nockamixon Lake covers 1,450 acres of big bass fishing waters. You'll also catch muskies, walleye, panfish and catfish in the lake. Put your boat in at one of six public access points or fish from the shore, providing you're more than 100 feet from docks, bridges or dams. The 20-acre Levittown Lake has rainbow trout, white perch, largemouth bass and bluegill. Access the fishing waters from shore or via a paddle-powered or electric-powered boat.
Away From It All
Surround yourself with wildlife and wildflowers at a fishing site just off the beaten track. The Quakertown Swamp lies in the upper part of Bucks County outside Allentown. The 518-acre preserve has ponds, streams and wetland accessible on foot from centralized parking. At Bradford Dam in Warrington, 280 acres of woods and meadows surround the bass-filled lake, as well as a walking path.
- Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission: Pennsylvania State Record Fish
- Visit Bucks County: Facts
- Visit Bucks County: Covered Bridges
- Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources: Nockamixon State Park
- Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission: Levittown Lake
- Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources: Tyler State Park
- Bucks County Alive: Parks In and Around Bucks County
- Scenic Bucks County: Along the Delaware River in Bucks County
- Delaware River Water Trail: Water Trail Map
- Heritage Conservancy: A Self-Guided Tour of Quakertown Swamp
Indulging her passion for wide open spaces and outdoor fitness through the written word on a full-time basis since 2010, author Jodi Thornton-O'Connell takes the mystery out of outdoor skills and guides readers to discover fun ways to physically connect to natural surroundings.