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Fishing at Chapman State Park

The 68-acre Chapman Lake has fishing for coldwater and warmwater fish, including:

  • Brook and brown trout
  • Largemouth bass
  • Bluegill
  • Sunfish
  • Yellow perch
  • Sucker

This activity or structure is ADA accessible. ADA accessible fishing piers are on the eastern and western shorelines of Chapman Lake.

Within the park and the surrounding Allegheny National Forest, trout fishing exists in the West Branch of Tionesta Creek and Farnsworth Run.

Ice Fishing

The 68-acre Chapman Lake is popular for ice fishing for perch and trout.

Ice thickness in 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.
  • 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

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

Chapman Lake Water Depth Color Map (PDF)

Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission regulations and laws apply.