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Fishing at Black Moshannon State Park

The 250-acre Black Moshannon Lake provides habitat for warmwater fish.

Below the lake, Black Moshannon Creek contains trout. Trout anglers can enjoy their sport in several nearby streams, especially Six Mile Run.

A Delayed Harvest -- Artificial Lures Only area is designated on 1.3 miles of Black Moshannon Creek from the state park boundary to 0.3-mile downstream of the Huckleberry Road bridge.

This activity or structure is ADA accessible. An ADA accessible fishing pier is on the western shore of the lake.

Ice Fishing

Except for the ice skating area, all of the 250-acre Black Moshannon Lake is open for ice fishing.

Popular species caught through the ice are:

  • Yellow perch
  • Bluegill
  • Pike
  • Crappie
  • Largemouth bass

Ice thickness is not monitored for this activity.

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.

Fishing Resources

Black Moshannon Lake Water Depth Black-and-White Map (PDF)

Black Moshannon Lake Water Depth Color Map (PDF)

Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission regulations and laws apply.