Championship Muskie caught at Kinzua Lake during last year's Tidioute Fishing Championship. The tournament included the waters of Kinzua Lake (aka Allegheny Reservoir) and the Allegheny River south of it. Copyright photo by Chris Lareau.
According to an ongoing poll at WorldFishingNetwork.com Bradford and Warren, PA currently rank in the top ten for favorite fishing spots in the northeast United States. Warren is ranked 7th (at the moment, just 23 votes shy of moving into 6th place) but Bradford, just 25 miles away is charging ahead at 5th place with a whopping 905 votes as of Friday, April 29th at about 2:30 p.m.
Voting is still going on and those interested in expressing their love for the area can visit the link above over the next few days. The winning "Ultimate Fishing Town" is currently Waddington, New York with a humongous 24,000 votes, which is amazing because only about 2,000 people live there. If they stay at the top, the WFN web site will award the town a prize of $25,000.00.
Warren is the closest city to Kinzua Lake. The town was founded in 1795 at the site of a Seneca fishing village. And the name "Kinzua" itself means "waters of the big fish" or "fish on a spear," depending on who is doing the Seneca translation. So it is natural that local residents and visitors feel that Warren and Bradford is the ultimate fishing spot in the northeast U.S.
To vote in the online popularity poll all you have to do is supply your name and e-mail address, fill out a "captcha" form and agree to the rules of the game. It's a fun way to see what others see as the best place around to go fishing.
Warren County has already been called the fishing capital of Pennsylvania, with record Walleye and Northern Pike caught here with abundant trout and bass. If you take a look at some of the monsters caught around here by Allegheny Guide Service, it's a wonder that Kinzua is NOT number one.
For more info on fishing in the area visit theAllegheny.com