Fishing at French Creek State Park
Scotts Run Lake
This 22-acre coldwater lake offers excellent trout and other coldwater species fishing. Hatchery-raised trout are stocked pre-season, during the season, and in the winter.
68 acres of prime water presents a challenge for anglers. This lake is designated as a big bass lake and specific regulations apply.
Common species are:
This activity or structure is ADA accessible. A fishing pier for people with disabilities is in the day use area.
A fishing license is required for people age 16 and over.
Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission regulations apply.
Ice fishing is permitted at both lakes.
Ice thickness is not monitored.
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. Ice should be six inches thick for iceboating.
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.