The Wissahickon Creek runs through Philadelphia's vast Fairmount Park. This creek is a great reprieve from the confines of the city and is only about a 20 minute drive from downtown...assuming light traffic, which may be wishful thinking.
A tributary of the Schuylkill river, this creek is stocked with trout but also has lots of natives in its depths as well. There are a few dams leftover from long-gone mills and other industries that once occupied the park where waters are deep and slow. Aside from these areas, the creek is fairly fast and shallow, with solid channels that allow trout to hold and wait for food.
Our favorite spots to fish are along Forbidden Drive. There are a few bridges that connect the recreational paths and also serve to make the water very accessible to fishermen. The creek is surrounded by forest so there is lots of vegetation and structure as well.
In addition to the trout, there is also an abundance of rock bass that spawn in late spring. While these may be a nuisance when fishing for trout, they do offer some variety and can always be used to avoid the dreaded skunking.