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Fishing in Pinchot State Forest

Trout fishing is available during designated seasons in several creeks and streams that run throughout Pinchot State Forest.

Moon Lake Recreation Area Construction

Moon Lake has been drawn down for the reconstruction of the boat launch and outlet. The boat launch will remain closed until project completion.

Reopening of the boat launch is tentatively targeted for June of 2022. 

The lake will be stocked by the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission (PFBC) and is still open for fishing. PFBC rules and regulations apply.

Kayakers are asked to launch from soft launch locations located around the lake.  

Harvey’s Creek

Harvey’s Creek is a popular stocked trout stream and is accessed along Rt. 29 in Luzerne County.

Ceasetown Reservoir

Ceasetown Reservoir provides walk-in anglers with a chance to pursue warmwater species such as bass, pickerel, and crappie.

Ceasetown Reservoir is owned and operated by the Pennsylvania American Water Company; and contains a 500-foot land buffer surrounding the lake. Fishing is only permitted from shore, and no ice fishing is permitted on the lake itself.

Choke Creek

Choke Creek -- which makes up the southern boundary of the Thornhurst Tract -- attracts anglers who appreciate the challenge of fishing for the elusive native brook trout. Wild trout are also found in:

  • Butler Run
  • Spring Run
  • Painter Creek
  • Panther Creek
  • Sand Spring Creek

Trout fishing also may be pursued in Pine Creek on the Crystal Lake Tract. Crystal Lake itself is not open to the public for fishing, or any other type of recreation.

Blue Ridge/Lehigh Tract

Fishing for cold and warmwater species can be had on the Blue Ridge/Lehigh Tract for a distance of 2 miles along the Lehigh River.