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Fishing at Memorial Lake State Park

The 85-acre Memorial Lake is a warmwater fishery. Anglers can access the lake from shoreline, by wading, or by boat.

A shoreline fishing access area is along Hillside Trail.

This activity or structure is ADA accessible. An ADA accessible fishing pier is in the Middle Road Day Use Area.

Common species are:

  • Bass
  • Muskellunge
  • Northern pike
  • Yellow perch
  • White and black crappie
  • Panfish

No fishing areas include:

  • Boat concession area through mooring area
  • Across the dam bridge
  • Dam breast

Ice Fishing

The 85-acre Memorial Lake is open for ice fishing except for the ice skating area. Common species caught through the ice are:

  • Muskellunge
  • Northern pike
  • Perch
  • Catfish

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

Memorial Lake Water Depth Black-and-white Map (PDF)

Memorial Lake Water Depth Color Map (PDF)

Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission regulations and laws apply.