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Fishing at Gifford Pinchot State Park

The 340-acre Pinchot Lake is a warmwater fishery. Pinchot Lake is designated a Big Bass Lake. Special regulations cover the minimum size and creel limits for all species of bass.

Common species are:

  • Largemouth bass
  • Hybrid striped bass
  • Muskellunge
  • Catfish
  • Carp
  • Walleye
  • Crappie
  • Sunfish

This activity or structure is ADA accessible. ADA accessible fishing pads are near Boat Launch #2 and a pier is in the Quaker Race Day Use Area.

Ice Fishing

When conditions permit, ice fishing is permitted on the natural ice of the 340-acre Pinchot Lake.

Anglers most often catch:

  • Largemouth bass
  • Walleye
  • Muskellunge
  • Crappies
  • Sunfish

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.
  • 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

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

Pinchot Lake Water Depth Color Map (PDF)

Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission regulations and laws apply.