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Fishing at Mount Pisgah State Park

The 75-acre Stephen Foster Lake provides habitat for:

  • Perch
  • Bass
  • Bluegill
  • Crappie

This activity or structure is ADA accessible. On the west shore of the lake is an ADA accessible angler’s area that features a parking lot and easy access to the lake for shore fishing.

Ice Fishing

Ice fishing is permitted on the natural ice of the 75-acre Stephen Foster Lake. Common species caught through the ice are:

  • Perch
  • Bass
  • Bluegill

Snow and Ice Conditions

The Winter Report provides ice and snow depth information for state parks.

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.