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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.

Helpful information for Schuylkill Banks anglers

Popular fishing spots on Center City portion of 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.

Other great spots are the Grays Ferry Crescent Esplanade (near the Schuylkill Avenue and Wharton Street entrance), the rehabbed Grays Ferry Crescent Fishing Pier, Bartram's Garden Boathouse, and the new Fishing Platform just south of the 56th Street Plaza. 

A current, signed fishing license is required for all anglers age 16 and older. Learn more about Pennsylvania fishing license requirements on the PA Fish and Boat website and purchase your fishing license at huntfishpa.gov.  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.

Learn about the fish swimming around Pennsylvania's rivers, streams, and lakes here.