Cradled in the arms of two rivers, and interlaced with dozens of creeks and streams, Philadelphia is a dream come true if you’re yearning to be in, on, or around water. Fishing, boating, strolling or biking along the riverbanks, all beckon during spring and summer. Gone fishing
For those who enjoy the challenge of matching their wits against wily fish, Philadelphia’s waterways offer an abundance of both locations and species. There are fishing spots in virtually every section of the city, including the Manayunk Canal; Meadow Lake in South Philadelphia’s FDR Park; Tookany Creek in the Northeast; the Wissahickon in East Falls and Darby Creek in West/Southwest Philadelphia.
"The Schuylkill Banks between South and Walnut Streets is the easiest to access, even if you need a scooter or have any kind of disability,” says Leo Sheng, author of the Extreme Philly Fishing blog
. His catches from the Schuylkill’s waters have included Common Carp, Flathead Catfish, White Perch, Yellow Perch, Largemouth Bass and American Shad.