Neshannock River
Neshannock River Pennsylvania
Copyright 2016 James Marsh
Fly Fishing Neshannock Creek
Neshannock Creek is a heavily stocked trout stream on
the western side of Pennsylvania. Water from Cool
Spring and Otter Creeks combine to form Neshannock
Creek. It gains water from several other tributary
streams along the way, including Pine, Beaver, Indian,
Potter Run, and the Little Neshannock.

The overall length of the stream is approximately twenty
miles. There is a delayed harvest section that runs from
the Mill Dam located at Volant upstream for 2.7 miles.
The historic covered bridge identifies the lower end of
the Delayed Harvest Area.

Much of the stream isn't accessible from a road and
hiking is required. An old railroad bed follows the stream
making its access easy. The least fished areas are the
ones farthest from the roads. The creek, which
averages about thirty to fifty feet wide, is easy to wade
most everywhere.

The lower part of the stream gets too warm for prime
trout fishing conditions during the summer. Of course
thats a prime reason for the delayed harvest season.
Even so some of the trout manage to hold over until the
following year.

Fly fishing Neshannock Creek greatly depends on the
Spring is the best time to fish Neshannock Creek
Summer isn't the best time to fish the stream although it
is possible to catch trout. The water can get too warm.
Fall returns cooler water and good fishing to the creek.
It is possible to catch trout during the winter thanks to
the heavy stocking of the delayed harvest section.

Fly Fishing Guide to Neshannock Creek
The better or at least easiest fishing is in the Delayed
Harvest area.
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Type of Stream
Freestone Stream

Brown Trout
Rainbow Trout
(Stocked with some holdover trout)


Western Pennsylvania

Nearest Towns

Middle of April through February


Special Regulations
"Delayed Harvest" Section

Non-Resident License
State of Pennsylvania

National Weather Service Link

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Fly Fishing Guide

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