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Red House Lake

Introduction

Contour map thumbnail of Red House Lake - (178 KB pdf file)

Red House Lake is a 110-acre man-made lake located in Allegany State Park. It was created in 1929 by damming up Red House Brook. The maximum depth is 20 feet and the bottom is primarily mud with some areas of gravel. The 1.8-mile shoreline is virtually undeveloped and consists primarily of mowed fields with some wooded areas.

Red House Lake is open for fishing year-round (including ice fishing) and fishing access is unlimited. Except for the swimming area, shoreline fishing is allowed on the entire lake. Roads and a bike path encircle the entire lake. There is a small trailered boat launch at the northwest corner of the lake. The use of gas or electric motors is prohibited. Rowboats and canoes can be rented for use on the lake. Red House Lake offers a warmwater fishery with stocked, put-and-take trout fishing.

Trout

Red House Lake is stocked annually in the spring with yearling brown trout. A fall stocking of yearling brown trout, as well as surplus hatchery breeders in most years, also takes place. The trout fishery is essentially a put-and-take fishery, as there is little holdover of trout. Ice fishing for trout is legal; there is no closed season.

Largemouth bass

Largemouth bass are abundant in Red House Lake and have average growth rates. There are good numbers of bass in the 12-15 inch size range, and the fish habitat is provided mainly by a moderate level of aquatic vegetation beds. Bass anglers have success with spinner baits, surface plugs, plastic worms, and crank baits, as well as live crayfish or worms.

Panfish

Bluegill and pumpkinseed are the dominant panfish, with moderate numbers of yellow perch and brown bullhead, and occasional black crappie and rock bass. Growth rates are average and ice fishing for panfish is more popular than open-water summer fishing. Live baits such as worms and minnows work well, as do small spinners and jigs.