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:
Hybrid striped bass
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.
When conditions permit, ice fishing is permitted on the natural ice of the 340-acre Pinchot Lake.
Anglers most often catch:
- Largemouth bass
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.
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.