Just named 2017 Best of Philly's Best Easy Fishing by Philly Magazine! Go fishing at Orchard Lake — open from early spring to late fall. No fishing license required!


Mar 25 Dec 23
9am 4pm
Weekends in December

Take a look:

Fishing Open Sat & Sun


What to know

Orchard Lake was constructed to provide irrigation water for some of the farm’s many crops. However, creating a fishing destination was an equally important priority. Trout fishing opened for the first time in 2004 and has been a popular activity ever since

Trout fishing continues until the water gets too warm in May when the action switches to Hybrid Striped Bass, Crappies, Bluegill and Catfish. Trout fishing resumes in the fall and continues through early November.


We have rods and bait available. Everyone is welcome — from experts to first-timers.
  • No fishing license required
  • $9.99 per fisherman ages 11 and older
  • $6.99 per fisherman ages 10 and under
  • $5.00 per spectator
  • Fish all day; you can catch and release as long as the fish are okay
  • Each fish you choose to keep is $4.99 per lb, except hybrid striped bass which are $7 per lb
  • Bring your own rods or rod rentals are available for $3.99 per day
  • We have plenty of bait for sale
  • Parking at the pond in April & early-May. (Except during derbies)
  • Fishing starts at the Pick Your Own shed from mid-May through early November.


We've witnessed excellent results with anglers landing many fish following these steps. Good luck!
  • Fish on the bottom
  • Use circle hooks (otherwise they swallow the hook every time)
  • Rainy weather is actually the best weather for fishing — dress warmly!

Father's Day Fishing

Celebrate Father's Day!

Father's fish free on June 17, 2018 with paid child's admission!  

Orchard lake will be stocked for Father's Day Fishing!