Quaker Lake is a 268-acre man-made lake located in Allegany State Park. It was formed in 1968 by impounding Quaker Run. The maximum depth is 40 feet and it has a bottom primarily of mud with some cobble and gravel. The 3.8-mile shoreline is virtually undeveloped and consists primarily of mowed fields with some wooded areas.
Quaker 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 parallel most of the lake. There is a small trailered boat launch at the north end of the lake near the dam. Boats are limited to the use of electric motors only, 5 hp maximum.
Quaker Lake is stocked annually in the spring with yearling brown trout and two-year-old brown trout. Surplus hatchery breeders are stocked in most years in the fall. 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 and Smallmouth Bass
Quaker Lake provides good fishing for both smallmouth bass and largemouth bass. Smallmouth bass are more abundant than largemouth bass but are slower-growing. In this lake, a nice smallmouth bass would be 14 inches, while largemouth bass from 16-18 inches are taken. Bass anglers have success with spinner baits, surface plugs, plastic worms, and crank baits, as well as live bait such as crayfish or worms.
There is a small but growing population of northern pike in Quaker Lake. Fish up to 40 inches surprise anglers targeting bass or trout in the summer. Anglers target the northern pike while ice fishing and have good success.
Bluegill, pumpkinseed and rock bass are the dominant panfish with some yellow perch and brown bullhead. Panfish are not overly abundant in Quaker Lake due to the low fertility of the lake as well as a general lack of perennial beds of aquatic vegetation. Live baits including worms and minnows work well, and the rock bass are also fond of small crayfish.