Fishing at Codorus State Park
The 1,275-acre Lake Marburg is a warmwater fishery. Popular species are:
Bow fishing is permitted in the shallow cove areas.
Lake Marburg is in the Big Bass Program. Large and smallmouth bass must be a minimum of 15 inches long to be harvested and the daily limit is four fish of either species, combined.
East Branch Codorus Creek, along Park Road, is an approved trout stocking stream.
This activity or structure is ADA accessible. A fishing pier for people with disabilities is near 1st Bridge.
Except for the ice skating area, all of the 1,275-acre Lake Marburg is open for ice fishing.
Popular species caught through the ice are:
- Largemouth bass
- Northern pike
- Tiger muskellunge
- Yellow perch
Be Safe on the Ice
- Test ice thickness with an auger before recreating. Four inches of solid ice is the minimum recommended thickness for a single person. Seven inches of solid ice is the minimum recommended thickness for small group.
- Always carry safety equipment and know how to use it.
- Spread out. Crowds can put too much weight onto one area.
- Be aware of changes in ice thickness across a body of water. Perimeter ice is weaker due to shifting, expansion and sunlight reflecting off of the bottom.
- Avoid areas with protruding logs, brush, plants, and docks. These structures absorb heat, weakening the surrounding ice.
- Avoid areas with multiple or intersecting cracks, and standing water over ice.
- Venturing out on ice alone is not advisable. Take a friend along for fun and for safety.
- Wear a PFD (life jacket).
- Check the weather and plan accordingly. Several days with temperatures above freezing will weaken the ice.
Lake Marburg Depth Black-and-White Map (PDF)
Lake Marburg Depth Color Map (PDF)
Note: Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission regulations and laws apply.