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Fishing at Yellow Creek State Park

The 720-acre Yellow Creek Lake is well stocked with most warmwater game fish and panfish.

Common species are:

  • Smallmouth bass
  • Largemouth bass
  • Walleye
  • Muskellunge
  • Northern pike
  • Tiger muskellunge
  • Yellow perch
  • Bluegill
  • Catfish

This activity or structure is ADA accessible. There is an ADA accessible fishing pier on the north shore.

Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission big bass regulations are in effect on Yellow Creek Lake.

Laurel Run, Yellow Creek, and Little Yellow Creek are stocked with brown and brook trout and provide excellent trout fishing.

The breast of Dragonfly Pond is usable by many people with disabilities, and is also for children 12 years and younger. Access ramps and benches are provided.

Fishing is prohibited in the swimming area, from boat launching docks, or in the boat mooring area.

Ice Fishing

Sunfish, perch, and pike are caught most frequently through the ice at Yellow Creek.

Wooden devices for ice rescue are located around all ice use access areas.

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.

Snow and Ice Conditions

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

Water Level Gauge

The U.S. Geological Survey provides information about the water level of Yellow Creek near Homer City.

Fishing Resources

Yellow Creek Lake Water Depth Black-and-White Map (PDF)

Yellow Creek Lake Water Depth Color Map (PDF)

Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission rules and regulations apply.