Fishing

Schuylkill Banks is an ideal spot for fishing right in the heart of Philadelphia. The tidal Schuylkill River is home to more than 40 species of fish. Common catches on Schuylkill Banks include catfish, perch, sunfish, carp and bass. Depending on the season and river conditions, you may also catch shad, eel, and a wide variety of other marine life. Learn more about fish species found in Pennsylvania on the PA Fish and Boat website.

Family fishing on Schuylkill Banks

Helpful information for Schuylkill Banks anglers

Popular fishing spots on Schuylkill Banks are between Locust and Walnut Streets, under the Walnut Street Bridge, on the pier by Race Street, and on the lower trail just south of Martin Luther King Drive. Find these spots on the map.

The Grays Ferry Crescent Esplanade, near the Wharton Street entrance to the Crescent, is another popular Schuylkill Banks fishing spot. Find this spot on the map. 

A current, signed fishing license is required for all anglers age 16 and older. Learn more about Pennsylvania fishing license requirements and where to purchase your fishing license on the PA Fish and Boat website. The PA Fish and Boat Commission has set limits on the number of fish that anglers are allowed to keep, and posted advisories for fish consumption. Learn more about these and other fishing regulations online.