East Coast Hot Spots

Raystown Lake

Striped, largemouth, and smallmouth bass; lake and brown trout; walleye; muskie

22 Raystown Lake, a serpentine, 28-mile-long impoundment, offers a heady array of prize catches-from 40-pound stripers to 6-pound smallmouths-but they do not come easily. Pennsylvania's largest inland lake is steep, deep, and hard to fish.

"What makes it worth the effort is it produces more big fish of all species than any lake I've ever seen," says Sparky Price of Trophy Guide Service.

Striped bass that routinely weigh 20 pounds and hefty smallmouth and largemouth bass are the main draw. But the 8,300-acre lake also has trophy muskies, abundant lake trout, and an excellent fishery for walleyes that average 7 pounds.

Sweet Spots: Brumbaugh Bay and Aitch Cove for black bass and crappies
What's Hot: Stickbaits and bucktails for stripers in spring and fall
Local Advice: **"Guys who come to Raystown and flip the banks for bass like they see on TV are going to be in for a long day," Price says. "You have to develop a mind-set that you're going to fish deeper than you've ever fished before."
**Prime Time:
April through October
Record Fish: 53-pound 12-ounce state-record landlocked striped bass
More Info: Trophy Guide Service, 814-627-5231; www.trophyguide.com