Black Moshannon Lake

Black Moshannon Lake is a long, shallow, 250 acre impoundment located in Centre County approximately eight miles east of Phillipsburg.  The lake is part of the Black Moshannon State Park which provides facilities for fishing, boating, swimming, picnicking, camping, hiking, and nature observation.  The bog-type lake is unique and has historically provided a warmwater fishery, particularly for panfish, largemouth bass, chain pickerel, and northern pike.  In addition, the lake harbors bowfin, creek chubsuckers, and blue spotted sunfish - species not commonly found in Northcentral Pennsylvania lakes.  Seasons, sizes, and creel limits for Commonwealth Inland Waters are currently in effect for all species.

As part of the continuing management the fishery at the lake, Commission biologists sampled fish March 20-22, 2000 using trap nets and night electrofishing.

Number Caught
Length Range (inches)
Northern Pike 2 28-35
Chain Pickerel 16 5-23
Yellow Perch 113 5-12
Bluegill 104 5-9
Pumpkinseed 23 4-8
Black Crappie 14 2-15
Brown Bullhead 39 9-16
Bowfin  3 21-25
Creek Chubsucker 84 Not Measured
Golden Shiner  99  Not measured
White Sucker 1 Not measured

The Commission plans to sample the lake again during June to monitor largemouth bass and panfish populations.

-- Fisheries Management Area 3

Biologist Reports -- PFBC Home

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