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Fishing at Hills Creek State Park

The warm waters of the 137-acre Hills Creek Lake provide excellent fishing for warmwater species. The lake record for largemouth bass is just more than eight pounds.

Common species are:

  • Muskellunge
  • Walleye
  • Largemouth bass
  • Carp
  • Bullhead catfish
  • Bluegill
  • Crappie
  • Yellow perch

This activity or structure is ADA accessible. A fishing pier for people with disabilities is at the Pines Boat Launch.

Ice Fishing

Ice fishing success in the 137-acre Hills Creek Lake is exceptional for yellow perch, bluegill, and an occasional walleye.

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

Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission regulations and laws apply.