Accessible through Laurel Hill State Park, Laurel Hill Lake is an excellent fishing lake, with regularly stocked rainbow trout and thriving populations of several warm-water game fish species. The lake is a man-made reservoir, formed by a dam on laurel Hill Creek.
Size: 63 acres
Location: Jefferson County, 60 miles southeast of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Access: Laurel Hill State Park provides boat launch facilities, mooring sites, a fishing pier and shore access. Canoes, kayaks and paddle boats are available for rental in the park. Ice fishing is permitted in winter.
Predominant Fish Species: Rainbow trout (stocked), brown trout (stocked), bluegill, black crappie, largemouth bass, yellow perch, bullhead, white sucker
Special Regulations: Boats are restricted to electric motors and non-powered craft only.
Fishing Tips and Tactics: Bass fishing is at its best in late spring and early summer, with excellent catches available around weeds and near-shore cover. Gold shiners are one of the main forage fish for bass, and shiner-imitating spinnerbaits and crankbaits are often effective. Brook and brown trout are usually stocked in fall, winter and several times throughout the spring trout season beginning in April. Exact dates vary by year, and current stocking information is available through the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission website. Spinners, worms and small minnow-imitating baits can often tempt trout. Nearby Laurel Hill Creek, also accessible through the state park, is an excellent spring trout stream.