Kick off trout season at these local fishing holes
Happy Valley is one the best places to be for those who love to fish. You’re just a short drive from some of Central PA’s best trout fishing locations. The limestone and spring creeks in our area are nutrient-rich and contain the necessary elements to sustain a healthy population of wild trout. People from all around the country travel to Centre County to fish in some of the streams the county is known for, including:
Spring Creek is known for a healthy, wild population of brown trout. It’s consistently been the most densely populated wild brown trout stream in Pennsylvania. Some of the best stretches are Benner Springs (accessible off PA Route 150 near the I-99 interchange at Dale Summit/Shiloh Road) and Fisherman’s Paradise (accessible off PA Route 150 near Bellefonte), which is limited to fly fishing only.
Bald Eagle Creek
Less than 30 minutes away from the heart of State College, the upper reaches of Bald Eagle Creek are stocked with brown and rainbow trout. A 43-mile waterway, Bald Eagle Creek has numerous access points for anglers to start from.
Bald Eagle Creek lies east along PA Route 150 between Milesburg and Howard Nursery. The portion of the creek that is west of Milesburg to Port Matilda lies along old PA Route 220.
Anglers can access the lower section at two public areas – just northeast of Sayers Dam at Eagleville Road south of Blanchard on Route 150 and in Milesburg off of Moose Run Road where a large parking lot welcomes you to Milesburg Community Park.
Just 12 miles outside of State College, Whipple Lake is stocked with brook and brown trout, and its runoff Laurel Run also provides stocked fishing in the spring and winter months.
It is a popular swimming and boating area as well with a 300-foot sand beach providing easy access to swimmable waters.
For more information about where you can fish year-round, refer to the state regulations.