Fishing at Sinnemahoning State Park
The 145-acre George B. Stevenson Reservoir has fishing for coldwater and warmwater species, including:
Brook, rainbow, and brown trout
Smallmouth and largemouth bass
This activity or structure is ADA accessible. An ADA accessible fishing pier is located near the boat launch.
Nearby creeks also provide good angling and some feeder streams in the park contain native brook trout.
Excellent fly fishing can be found on First Fork Sinnemahoning Creek, downstream from the mouth of Bailey Run for 2.1 miles. This section is designated as a delayed harvest, artificial lures only special regulation area.
Conditions permitting, all areas of the lake are open for ice fishing except within 50 feet of the trash boom by the dam.
Extreme caution must be taken during ice related activities. Dangerous ice conditions like unsafe or weak ice or air pockets may exist due to rapidly rising or falling lake levels.
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.
Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission regulations and laws apply.