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Pike County Federation of Sportsmen's Clubs

Trout Fishing Page


1. Introduction



  • Bushkill Creek

  • Decker Brook

  • Dingmans Creek

  • Little Bushkill Creek

  • Masthope Creek

  • Middle Branch Creek

  • Mill Creek

  • Saw Creek

  • Sawkill Creek

  • Shohola Creek

  • Toms Creek


  • Lake Wallenpaupack

  • Little Mud Pond

  • Loch Lomond

  • Lily Pond

  • Lower Lake - Promised Land State Parks




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The Brook Trout is the Official State fish of Pennsylvania

1.   Introduction

Early settlers to Pike County found pristine streams and lakes teeming with native brook trout.  As the nation grew, Pike County became a mecca for out-of-state trout anglers.  Eventually farmers cleared the trees and brush away from portions of some streams; the sun warmed the water making it difficult for brook trout to thrive. Local anglers obtained the more heat tolerant brown trout from Germany and stocked these warmer streams giving Pike County one of the first brown trout fisheries in America. Although the farms are long gone and the trees have grown back, many descendents of these brown trout still live in Pike County's streams!

Today, Pike County is still known for its pristine streams and clean lakes. In fact, every stream in Pike County has been rated High Quality or Exceptional Value by the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection. With such clean waters, most streams are populated with trout. However, numerous environmental factors can limit the number and size of the fish. In order to improve public fishing, the Pennsylvania Fish & Boat Commission regularly stocks many waters with trout.

Trout Trivia - The Brook Trout was named the Official State Fish for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.  The Brook Trout is also an official symbol of Pike County.  A full color  Brook Trout weather vane can be found on top of the Old Stone Jail in downtown Milford.

2.   Where to Fish for Trout in Pike County

The following is a list of approved trout waters, access points, driving directions, and other information:


Bushkill Creek  --- From US - 209 upstream, STOCKED heavily before the season.  Down stream of US - 209 also offers great fishing with stocked trout working their way down and river trout often working their way up.  Parking and service roads offer easy access along the upstream area just off US - 209.

Decker Brook  ---  From US - 6 downstream to the lower limits of the gamelands --- STOCKED

Dingmans Creek  ---  From Deer Leap Falls to downstream to Dingmans Falls ---  DELAYED HARVEST ARTIFICIAL LURES ONLY  ---

Lackawaxen River  ---  from Pike County border downstream to mouth ---   STOCKED ---   PA - 590 parallels the Lackawaxen and provides easy access.  Further access may be gained from the National Park Service's Zane Grey Boat access located at the mouth of the Lackawaxen.

Trout Trivia  ---  The Lackawaxen River was a favorite fishing spot of the famous Western author, Zane Grey, whose house is now a museum and located where the Lackawaxen meets the Delaware River.

Little Bushkill Creek ---  from its mouth to the lower limit of the Charles Peters Estate and from the lower limit of the Lehman Lake Club to the upper limit of the Little Bushkill Hunting and Fishing Club --- STOCKED

Masthope Creek  --- Located in the upper part of Pike County, Masthope Creek is heavily STOCKED for the opening of the trout season.  The surrounding grounds are State Gamelands offering great access for those who want to get away from the road when fishing.

Middle Branch Creek  --- Flows through the Delaware State Forest.  Access may be had from the service roads near High Knob by PA-402.  STOCKED for spring fishing. 

Mill Creek  --- Flows into Lake Wallenpaupack between Paupack and Tanglewood Estates subdivision.  Access may be had fro either the shore of Lake Wallenpaupack or from PA-507.  STOCKED.

Saw Creek  ---  from Porter Lake Club property downstream to Saw Creek Club property  ---  STOCKED  ---

Sawkill Creek --- with only limited access outside the NPS Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area, the Sawkill runs from the Delaware River through Milford.  It has recently been classified as a --- CLASS A WILD TROUT STREAM --- Consult your regulations summary.  Wild brown trout may be found throughout stream.  Large browns are known to enter from Delaware when water is high.

Shohola Creek  ---  from the bridge at PA - 739 downstream to the lower limit of gamelands #180 ---  STOCKED with brook trout early in the season, rainbow and brown trout later in the season.  Access may be had from the PA - 739 bridge.  A path parallels the stream for several miles on both sides of the creek.  Access may also be found at the Shohola Recreational Area where the stream crosses US - 6.

Toms Creek ---  From boundary of DWG-NRA to mouth  ---  CATCH & RELEASE ONLY ---  Be sure to follow the special regulations posted along stream and in the regulations summary.  Access may be had where US - 209 crosses the creek.


Lake Wallenpaupack ---  With 52 miles of publicly accessed shoreline, finding a place to fish should be pretty easy.  There are public boat accesses on PA -590 by the dam, off PA - 570 towards the end of the lake (Ironwood access) and off Ledgedale Road at the inlet of the lake.  Commercial access areas are located around the lake and allow boats to be launched for a small fee.  Many of Lake Wallenpaupack's trout are the product of trout breeding in the lake and feeder streams.  However, the lake is occasionally stocked with fry or grown fish to supplement the fishery.

Trout Trivia  ---  A 17 pound brown trout caught in Lake Wallenpaupack is a former state record!

Little Mud Pond  --- STOCKED for trout season.  Located in the Delaware State Forest, access may be had from Silver Lake Road.

Loch Lomond  --- Loch Lomond is located on Wilson Hill Road in the Delaware Water Gap - National Recreation Area.  The lake is relatively shallow.  It has an open shoreline allowing for good visibility around the lake.  As such, parents can let their kids roam and explore while still keeping an eye on them.  Loch Lomond is handicapped accessible.  Stocking takes place through the end of May.  In accordance with Federal regulations, only brook trout are STOCKED.  To get to Loch Lomond, take US - 209 through the DWG-NRA to Dingmans Ferry. 1/4 mile south of the intersection of PA - 739 is where Wilson Hill Road meets US - 209.  Turn onto Wilson Hill Road until it meets Johnabee Road.  Continue 100 yards along Wilson Hill Road.  Loch Lomand will be on your left.  Loch Lomond is a good place to fish with kids.

The stocking of Loch Lomond is a combined state and federal effort that was brought about through the efforts of the Pike County Federation of Sportsmen's Clubs.

Lily Pond  --- Lily Pond is liberally STOCKED with LARGE trout in anticipation of trout season.  The trout are supplied by the Pike County Commissioners with local businesses and organizations donating many of the fish.  In addition, the pond is also stocked by the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission.  Lily Pond is located in the Pike County Park.  Take US- 6 west from Milford.  Turn left on to Schoccopee Road then on to Fire Tower Road.  Those approaching from the west will find Schoccopee Road meeting US-6 just east of the Milford exit of Interstate 84.  Lily Pond is a great place to take the kids.

The Pike County Federation of Sportsmen's Clubs played an important role in getting the state to stock Lily Pond.

Lower Lake of Promised Land State Park  --- Easy access available of PA - 402.  Follow signs in Promised Land State Park to parking and boat access. STOCKED periodically through the year.  Lower Lake is also designated as an ANNOUNCED STOCKING LAKE in which in season stocking will be done on publicly announced dates and times.  Also stocked is the stream between the lakes.

3.  Wild Trout Waters

For those who prefer not to fish for stocked trout and "hold overs" Pike County has plenty of opportunity to fish for wild trout.  

The Sawkill Creek is classified as a Class A Wild Trout Water by the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission.  Access is limited outside the DWG-NRA land.  Last stocked in the early 1980's, brown trout hold their own in the creek.  During times of high water, brown trout from the Delaware move into the lower reaches of the creek.  If the water recedes quickly, many are forced to remain in the stream.

The Delaware River also has its own wild trout.  However, although the Delaware is not stocked, many stocked trout do find their way into the Delaware.  Try fishing the pools when it is cooler and the riffles when its hot.

The NPS DWG-NRA has numerous streams that flow through the Park to the Delaware River.  Like the Sawkill, trout from the Delaware often migrate into the lower reaches of these streams during times of high water.  Above the first falls, many of these streams have wild brook trout.  Often the lower water of summer restricts the size in which the trout grow.  However, a nice fish may often be found in deep pools, especially plunge pools below the waterfalls.  Raymondskill Creek often produces nice brown trout unter the numerous water falls.  Toms Creek is known for abundant, though small, brookies. 

Small creeks found in Pike County's numerous gamelands and state forests often hold wild brook trout.  Many streams seemingly too small to hold catchable fish will hold a few "keepers" in deeper plunge pools.  When a beaver dams up a trickle of a steam, minnow sized trout often grow large in the resulting pond.  Many times these trout spend there entire lives without any threat from anglers.  Birchy Brook and Rattlesnake Creek are two waters known to produce enough trout to warrant a few first day anglers.

Finally, many streams on private land hold wild trout often without the owners even knowing it.  For example, one pool under a bridge on the Dwaftskill Creek held 8 trout over 12 inches long.  (They may still be there.) Yet, rarely is anyone found fishing the creek.  If you find a good clear stream on private land, chances are it holds a few trout (even if the owner doesn't think so).   Be sure to ask permission first!


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