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Fishing at Locust Lake State Park

The 52-acre Locust Lake is a coldwater fishery and receives several stockings of brown and brook trout annually.

Common species are:

  • Brook trout
  • Brown trout
  • Pickerel
  • Largemouth bass
  • Smallmouth bass
  • Panfish

This activity or structure is ADA accessible. There is an ADA accessible fishing pier by the program pavilion on the north side of the lake.

Fishermen who are not camping are required to use the fishermen’s parking area near the park entrance.

Ice Fishing

When conditions permit, ice fishing is permitted on the natural ice of the lake. Trout and panfish are the primary species caught through the ice of the 52-acre Locust Lake.

The 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

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

Locust Lake Water Depth Color Map (PDF)

Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission regulations and laws apply.