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Fishing at Poe Valley State Park

The 25-acre Poe Lake is popular for warmwater and coldwater fishing, especially during the beginning of trout season in mid-April.

Common game species include:

  • Brown and rainbow trout
  • Catfish
  • Pickerel
  • Sunfish
  • Perch

The lake is stocked with trout several times per season.

For stream fishing, the famous Penns Creek and Big Poe Creek are within a short distance of the park.

Ice Fishing

Many enjoy the winter ice fishing season.

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.