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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.

Hopewell Lake

Sixty-eight 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:

  • Northern pike
  • Chain pickerel
  • Bass
  • Walleye
  • Muskellunge
  • Panfish

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.

Ice Fishing

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.

Fishing Resources

Hopewell Lake Water Depth Black-and-White Map

Hopewell Lake Water Depth Color Map

Scotts Run Lake Water Depth Black-and-White Map

Scotts Run Lake Water Depth Color Map

Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission regulations and laws apply.