Ice Fishing

Winter weather brings  new excitement to fishing in Northeast Pennsylvania. Ice fishing is a great way to get out in the fresh air and have some fun.

Before you drop your line:

 - Always check ice thickness with an auger fist. For a single person, four inches of solid ice is the minimum recommended. For a small group, seven inches of solid ice is the minimum recommended (and spread out to avoid too much pressure on one spot). Be aware that weather and other factors can affect the condition of the ice. 

- Avoid the outer edges where ice tends to be weaker.

- Avoid areas with multiple or intersecting cracks, protruding logs, brush, plants, and docks, as nearby ice can be weakened.

- Always carry safety equipment and know how to use it.

- Don't venture out alone. Always bring a friend for added fun and safety.

Find more safety tips & other ice fishing information here!

Ice Fishing

Find Your Spot

Home to more than 90 lakes of varying sizes, Luzerne County offers a number of options to get out on the ice. Here are a locals' favorite spots for ice fishing in Luzerne County:

Frances Slocum State Park
Francis E. Walter Dam
Lake Irena
Lake Jean at Ricketts Glen State Park
Moon Lake

Ice Fishing

PA Fishing License 

All persons age 16 and over are required to have a license, signed in ink and visibly displayed, to fish.

Fishing licenses can be purchased online, in person or over the phone. Visit the
 Pennsylvania Fish & Boat Commission website 
to find a location or purchase your license or call: 877-707-4085