Fishing

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!

Details

HOURS

Fishing and Pick Your Own Hours

Saturday & Sunday 9 am - 4pm 

NOT OPEN WEEKDAYS!  

Fishing hours for the rest of the season will depend on Pick Your Own.  If apple picking is open then fishing will be open.  Please keep an eye on our Pick Your Own page for more information.  Once Pick Your Own closes for the season; fishing will close as well. 

Thank you for an amazing fishing season!   

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.  

Fishing at Orchard Lake is open everyday starting at 8am.    Please park and check in at our Pick Your Own Shed located on Linvill Road to get started.   

Fishing is available for group reservations.  Click here for more details.

We stocked the pond last on October 4, 2018 with trout.  

Pricing

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.

Tips

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!

 

Please Help Keep our Fish alive:

  • ·         If you plan to catch and release please  Handle with care!
    • ·         Do not wipe the fish off – their slimy scales is what keeps them healthy
    • ·         Remove hooks carefully
    • ·         Return to the water as soon as possible.
    • ·         The better you handle the fish, the better its chances for survival, and the better your chances of catching it again.
  • ·         Help keep our pond clean and trash free.
  • ·         Please use the trash receptacles provided.