The waters of Columbia and Montour counties offer abundant places for fishing enthusiasts to enjoy throughout the entire year. The natural scenic beauty of our area offers an array of experiences for all to enjoy. Outdoor enthusiasts can enjoy fishing at one of our many locations where hiking, canoeing, hunting and camping are offered to create an outdoor experience for the new breed of wilderness aficionados, or "eco-tourists".

Here's a sample of where to look for popular species of fish in Danville:

PPL Montour Preserve, Montour County -  in Danville is host to the 165-acre Lake Chillisquaque . Lake Chillisquaque , named for a Native American word meaning "song of the wild goose," is a 165-acre reservoir built on the middle branch of Chillisquaque Creek by PPL in 1972 as a backup cooling water supply for the Montour power plant. The lake is a prime fishing location. Over the years, the Pennsylvania Fish & Boat Commission has stocked Lake Chillisquaque with northern pike, largemouth bass, channel and bullhead catfish, bluegill, yellow perch, walleye, crappie and tiger muskellunge. Evergreens, cement blocks, tire reefs and wooden and PVC devices were placed in the lake to enhance fish habitat.

The most effective live baits for Lake Chillisquaque seem to be minnows, night crawlers and crawdads. Artificial bait favorites among anglers and fish include jigs, buzz baits, rapalas/rebels, crankbaits and rubber worms.  Gasoline-powered boats are prohibited. Fishing and boating access to Lake Chillisquaque is available 24 hours a day, year-round. Fishing maps are available at the preserve office or the Visitors Center .

Mahoning Creek and Mauses Creek, Montour County – Located outside Danville in Montour County , these two “watering holes” are locals’ favorites and offer approved trout waters.

Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission regulations apply to all waterways in the two county area. For more information on fishing in Columbia and Montour counties, or all of their events and attractions, contact the Columbia-Montour Visitors Bureau at 1-800-847-4810 and request your free copy of our Official Visitors Guide and Calendar of Events.

Before you head out, log-on to for the most up-to-date information on area events, attractions and places to stay.  The Columbia-Montour Visitors Bureau would like to invite you to experience first hand all of the hidden treasures of our area. You may discover - as many have - that with so much to enjoy and experience, you will return to Columbia and Montour counties again and again!  After all, We’ve Been Expecting You!