Kinzua Reservoir Fishing

Home of the PA & NY Record Walleye!

Trout, walleyes, bass, muskellunge, pike –

you can find them all here in

Allegheny Reservoir.

They’re plentiful, they’re big,

and they’re spoiling for a fight.


The 12,000-acre Allegheny Reservoir rates as one of the best lakes in the country for big fish. It has produced the current Pennsylvania records for walleye, 17 pounds 9 ounces, and northern pike, 33 pounds 8 ounces. It has probably given up more muskies over 40 pounds than any other lake in the East. Big brown trout, some more than 10 pounds, are almost overlooked. Small mouth bass are plentiful, and the main targets for several bass tournaments each year. 

Compared to other lakes of this size and quality, fishing pressure is light, except during the busiest summer holiday weekends. Stay for a week and you will have a lot of water to yourself.

Uncounted miles of freestone trout streams flow through McKean County. Access is generally excellent, especially in the Allegheny National Forest. Most famous of these is Kinzua Creek, which flows into the Allegheny Reservoir at Red Bridge. Like the other streams that are stocked with trout, it is a popular place from the opening of trout season through May. But during summer, you can fish most streams without seeing another angler.

Mack Engstrom - Local Fisherman @ Kinzua Reservoir