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Cross Creek Lake, PA

Popular Fish Species Cross Creek Lake, PA

Cross Creek Lake Popular Fish - Largemouth Bass

Largemouth Bass

Currently, largemouth bass are thriving in Cross Creek Lake due to excellent fisheries management and plenty of cover for both baitfish and bass. Fishing for largemouth bass is good virtually any time they are shallow - in spring, mornings in summer and during warmer fall afternoons. Use shallow crankbaits around rip rap, and around grass use worms, jigs, topwater and spinnerbaits. In deeper water, big worms, jigs and spoons are three good weapons. In winter, spend your time on deeper structure.

Cross Creek Lake Popular Fish - Bluegill


Fishing for bluegill is a time-honored tradition at Cross Creek Lake. Young and old, beginners and seasoned anglers alike, all enjoy catching a bunch of fat bluegill. This year, much like recent years, the bluegill population is healthy and always looking for something to eat. Bluegill fishing is as basic as fishing gets. Any pole, reasonably small line and small hooks baited with anything edible, creates the ideal setup. Add a bobber and you can set the depth you prefer the bait to position. Bluegill hang around brush, rocks, vegetation or any cover available.

Cross Creek Lake Popular Fish -Black Crappie

Black Crappie

Black crappie reside in good numbers throughout Cross Creek Lake, and they are averaging a very nice size this year. Crappie fishing is excellent and they are running in sizeable schools. Crappie always like cover and structure, so locate shallow brush and vegetation. In spring and fall focus on the 8 to 12 foot range. As the crappie move deep in summer and winter, follow points out deep, as well as find ledges near channels in deeper water.

Fish species to fish for...

Guide to fishing for largemouth bass, channel catfish, black crappie, white crappie, bluegill, redear sunfish, yellow perch and saugeye at Cross Creek Lake in Pennsylvania.

Located in Cross Creek Lake County Park, Cross Creek Lake has a fishing venue, has a handicapped fishing dock, provides a big bass program, and offers a nice variety of fish to catch. It is a 250-acre lake, with about 7 miles of shoreline, in the southwest corner of the state. The lake features quality fishing for saugeye, crappie and bluegill. Bass and catfish also popular here.

Situated in Washington County, Pennsylvania, Cross Creek Lake is a haven for fishing enthusiasts seeking a rewarding angling experience. Spanning over 250 acres, this serene lake offers excellent fishing opportunities for a variety of species. Anglers are drawn to Cross Creek Lake to target popular fish such as largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, crappie, bluegill, and catfish. The lake's structure, including submerged trees, rocky areas, and shallow flats, provides a diverse habitat for these species, ensuring an exciting and fruitful fishing adventure.

While fishing is the main attraction at Cross Creek Lake, boating enthusiasts will also find enjoyment on its waters. Boaters can take advantage of the lake's boat launch and explore the calm waters, whether sailing, powerboating, kayaking, or canoeing. The peaceful atmosphere and serene surroundings make Cross Creek Lake a perfect destination for leisurely boating and water-based recreation.

Camping is not available directly at Cross Creek Lake; however, nearby accommodations make it convenient for visitors to enjoy an extended stay. Nearby parks and campgrounds provide options for those who wish to combine their fishing excursion with a camping experience. This allows anglers to fully immerse themselves in the natural beauty of the area, enjoying the serene atmosphere and starry nights.

As visitors explore Cross Creek Lake and its surroundings, they can appreciate the scenic landscapes that envelop the area. The lush greenery, rolling hills, and the sparkling waters of the lake create a picturesque backdrop for outdoor activities. Nature enthusiasts can also explore the nearby Cross Creek County Park, which offers hiking trails and picnic areas.

Cross Creek Lake, with its diverse fish species, boating opportunities, and nearby camping options, offers a delightful retreat for outdoor enthusiasts in Pennsylvania. Whether one seeks a productive fishing experience, a peaceful boating excursion, or a serene camping getaway, Cross Creek Lake provides an ideal setting to connect with nature and enjoy the tranquility of this picturesque destination.

Access to the lake for fishing from the bank is available in several areas. Multiple boat launch ramps make for easy launching of fishing, pleasure and pontoon boats. Canoes, motor boats and pontoon boats are available for rent at the lake.

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Primary fish species residing in Cross Creek Lake

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Largemouth bass Channel catfish Black crappie White Crappie Bluegill Redear Sunfish Yellow Perch Saugeye

Cross Creek Lake Amenities

Marina: NO
Boat Rental: YES
Boat Launch Ramp: YES
Campgrounds: NEARBY
RV Hookups: NEARBY
Lodging: NEARBY
Convenience Store: NEARBY
Bait & Tackle: YES
Restaurant: NEARBY

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Public Boat Launch Ramps & Landings

Cross Creek County Park Boat Launch
This is a two-lane, concrete ramp with docks and paved parking for over fifty vehicles with trailers.

Cross Creek County Park Kayak Launch
Located in the east corner of the lake, this has limited parking with easy access for portage of canoes and kayaks.

Thompson Hill Park Launch Ramp
Located in the southwest corner of the lake, this is a two-lane, concrete ramp with plenty of paved parking.

Fishing Guides On Cross Creek Lake

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Cross Creek Lake Fishing Video
Fishing License

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Campgrounds & RV Parks Nearby

Clayton's RV Park - 724 228-1927

Whispering Pines Family RV Park - 724 222-9830

Whispering Pines Family - 724 222-8870

Cross Creek Lake PA Map - Fishing & Camping Areas

Contact Information

Cross Creek Lake
Cross Creek Lake County Park
100 West Beau Street, Suite 705
Washington, PA 15301
724 228-6867


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Cross Creek Lake in PA

Fishing for saugeye, crappie and bluegill in southwest PA

Cross Creek Lake, in Pennsylvania.