Skip Navigation LinksDCNR > State Parks > Find a Park > Parker Dam State Park > Fishing at Parker Dam State Park

Fishing at Parker Dam State Park

The 20-acre Parker Lake and many trout streams are popular with anglers throughout the year. Brook trout are stocked during the spring, fall, and winter.

Common species are:

  • Trout
  • Largemouth bass
  • Bluegill
  • Brown bullhead catfish

Ice Fishing

Ice fishing is permitted. Trout are most often caught through the ice.

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.