Top 10 Places to Fish in Cumberland Valley PA

Yellow Breeches

Cumberland Valley welcomes anglers of all skill levels and ages to enjoy the scenic streams and lakes that make our area a fishing destination. The Valley is known around the world for fly-fishing, which is why the top three spots are also our best spots for fly-fishing. Plan your Weekend Easy getaway and cast away your cares.

Discover what makes Carlisle a Trout Town in the article that appeared in American Fly Fishing magazine. See below for the top ten places to fish in Cumberland Valley.

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Top 10

Fishing on Yellow Breeches Creek

1.  YELLOW BREECHES - beloved by anglers of every skill level thanks to an abundance of trout and a mile-long catch-and-release section near Boiling Springs

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  • Yellow Breeches Creek Water Trail Map & Guide provides boating and recreation info for approximately 22 miles of the creek including two float trips
  • ADA Accessible Fishing Piers: Available in Leidigh Park and Spanglers Mill 
  • Parking: 1559 Boiling Springs Rd, Boiling Springs 17007, Fisherman's parking lot located on left-hand side of driveway when entering property; reference two locations in Boiling Springs on Map #1 below;  Leidigh Park, 1526 Leidigh Dr, Boiling Springs 17007; Spanglers Mill, 1425 Spanglers Mill Rd, Camp Hill 17011; Stuart Park, 519 Pine Rd, Carlisle 17015

LeTort Spring Run

2. LETORT SPRING RUN - copious reed beds and taxing currents make this spot a challenge, the wild brown trout here seem to be particularly wily

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  • Handicapped Accessible: Fishing platform inside LeTort Park, Nature Trail is ADA accessible but not paved
  • Parking: Reference two locations on Map #2 below for Cumberland Valley Chapter Trout Unlimited Land; LeTort Park, 260 E. Pomfret St, Carlisle 17013; S. Spring Garden St, Carlisle 17013

Big Springs

3. BIG SPRING CREEK GREENWAY - world famous limestone creek that flows through woodland and farmland before emptying into the Conodoguinet Creek

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  • 5th largest spring in Pennsylvania
  • Parking: Reference three locations on Map #3 below

Opposum Lake-blog

4. OPOSSUM LAKE - 59-acre lake stocked with rainbow trout

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  • Three boating access points of which one has a surfaced launch ramp, boating is limited to boats powered by electric motors and un-powered boats
  • Handicapped Accessible: Path
  • ADA Accessible: Fishing dock
  • Species, including largemouth bass, bluegill, purebred muskellunge, black crappie and tiger muskellunge, are catch and release and must be immediately returned unharmed, special regulation will remain in effect until June 18, 2016
  • Parking: Open parking area at entrance on Opossum Lake Road

Fuller Lake

5. FULLER LAKE - located at Pine Grove Furnace State Park 

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  • Common fish to be found include pickerel, bass, perch and stocked trout
  • Parking: Open parking area available near the lake 

Lauren Lake

6. LAUREL LAKE - located at Pine Grove Furnace State Park

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  • Boat launch, 85 mooring spaces and boat rentals available
  • Common fish to be found include pickerel, bass, perch and stocked trout 
  • Parking: Open parking area available near the lake

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7. CONODOGUINET CREEK - fishing on the creek is accessible from 15 access points all located within parks spread throughout Cumberland Valley, click link for locations

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  • Conodoguinet Creek Water Trail Map & Guide features access points along approximately 40 miles of the creek and outlines two float trips
  • Fish for smallmouth bass, rock bass, sunfish and stocked tiger muskellunge fingerlings
  • Parking: North Middleton Park, 1770 Waggoner's Gap Rd, Carlisle 17013; Willow Mill Park, 80 Willow Mill Park Rd, Mechanicsburg 17050

Susquehanna River

8. SUSQUEHANNA RIVER TRAIL - the river's fertile limestone water is one of the best small mouth bass fisheries in the East, view link for access points

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  • Other fish include muskies, walleye, smallmouth bass, panfish, catfish and carp
  • Boating access points and boat rentals are available
  • Parking: West Fairview Point & Park, 50 Front St, West Fairview; City Island Parking Garage

Doubling Gap Lake

9. DOUBLING GAP LAKE - located in Colonel Denning State Park

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  • Stocked with trout
  • Fishing pier available for people with disabilities
  • Parking: Open parking area near the lake

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 10. CHILDREN'S LAKE - spring-fed and stocked with trout

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  • Fishing is permitted from a shallow-draft boat, electric-motored boat or canoe
  • Open to all ages for fishing
  • During the first month of trout season a section along the Appalachian Trail is open to children 12 and under only
  • Parking: Street parking around the lake, parking lot near the back of the lake by the furnace
Other Places to Fish

Although they didn't make the Top 10 there are plenty of other places to fish in the Valley. View even more details about the fishing locations in the Valley or view our blog on Fishing Honey Holes

Michaux State Forest - cold-water fishing, stocked trout streams and warm water fishing are available

Tuscarora State Forest - native and stocked trout are abundant in many of the streams and lakes

Mountain Creek - access Mountain Creek in Pine Grove Furnace State Park and Mount Holly Marsh Preserve, fish for brown, brook and rainbow trout

Middle Spring Creek - spring-fed trout stream with tributaries including Branch Creek, Burd Run, Gum Run and Mains Run

Green Springs Creek - well-hidden, limestone stream, with headwaters starting at the Conodouginet Creek, stocked with Brown, Rainbow and Brook Trout

Fishing Guides & Attractions
How to Get Started

Make sure to take a few minutes to obtain a fishing license and/or launch permit and read over fishing and boating regulations before starting your trip. Visit for information on boat registration, fishing licenses, water trails and basic skills

You can purchase a fishing license online (, by mail, or in person at 11 locations throughout the county including K-Mart in Carlisle or Wal-Mart in Carlisle, Mechanicsburg or Shippensburg.

A license, which must be displayed on an outer garment while fishing, is required of all people 16 years and older. A current Pennsylvania trout/salmon permit (stamp) is required to fish for trout and salmon in PA waters. These can also be purchased at the locations listed above.

Fishing Streams & Regulations

Check the PA Fish and Boat Commission website for Opening Day of Trout Season: Big Spring CreekChildren's LakeDoubling Gap LakeFuller LakeGreen Springs CreekMiddle Spring CreekMountain CreekOpossum LakeYellow Breeches Creek

Year-Round Fishing: Laurel LakeMountain Creek (from Adams County line downstream to the backwaters of Laurel Lake)

Catch and Release Fishing: 

  • Yellow Breeches Creek - 1.17 miles; 0.17 miles of the Unnamed Tributary to Yellow Breeches Creek (from the outfall of Children's Lake to the confluence with Yellow Breeches Creek at Boiling Springs) and 1.0 mile of Yellow Breeches Creek from the confluence with the Unnamed Tributary at Boiling Springs downstream to the vicinity of Allenberry
  • Opossum Lake - The lake is stocked with rainbow trout. All other species are catch and release.

Catch and Release Fly-Fishing Only:

  • Big Spring Creek - 1.1 miles; from 100 feet below the source (Big Spring) downstream to the Nealy Road Bridge
  • Green Springs Creek - 1 mile; from mouth upstream to near confluence with Bulls Head Branch
  • LeTort Spring Run - 1.7 miles; from 300 yards upstream of bridge on T-481 (Bonnybrook Road) downstream to the Reading Railroad Bridge at the southern edge of LeTort Spring Park