The Laurel Highlands features hundreds of miles of lake shores, rivers and creeks that are open to the public for fishing. There are several lakes nearby that are stocked with bass, trout, walleye, crappie and bluegill. Our nearby streams have both natural and stocked trout and are excellent spinning rod or fly fishing locations. A valid Pennsylvania fishing licence is required to fish in any public lake, river or stream.
Popular lake fishing spots include Acme Dam Lake, Laurel Hill Lake and Kooser Lake. The closest trout stream fishing spots are Roaring Run Creek and Indian Creek. If you need recommendations please do not hesitate to ask!
Fly fishing is open year-round in the Laurel Highlands in most streams. During off-season specially designated trout streams are open to trout fishing year-round provided special artificial tackle and trout possession restrictions are observed.
Western PA Trout Species
Pennsylvania’s only native stream trout are Brook Trout although Rainbow and Browns have been naturally reproducing in the waters for many years. There are several nursery streams and contributaries that produce large colorful native trout.
Practice Catch and Release
All anglers are encouraged to practice catch and release. The use of barb-less hooks and quick release is important in order to keep the fish populations up and thriving.
Fishing Regulations and Licenses
A current fishing licence with Trout/Salmon endorsement is for all public waters in Pennsylvania. Non-residents can purchase a one, three or seven day tourist license at any Walmart or bait shop. We have two Walmart’s in the area, one in Mount Pleasant and another in Somerset.
For more information, please visit the PA Fish and Boat Commission web site.