Never heard of Faylor Lake? Definitely worth a visit
By Freddie McKnight
Middle Creek flows through Snyder County in the valley between Jacks and Shade mountains, meandering to a 140-acre manmade lake on 800 acres of county-owned property.
Known as Faylor Lake, the water was originally leased and maintained by the Pennsylvania Game Commission as a waterfowl propagation area. In 2016, the property including the lake, was taken back by the county commissioners with the hopes of creating more public recreational opportunities both on the land and water.
Fishing is permitted from both the shoreline and manually powered boats. There is a healthy population of warm-water fish species to pursue here including white and black crappies, bluegills, yellow and brown bullheads, pumpkinseeds, yellow perch and largemouth bass.
Anglers come for a variety of these fish. The panfish are present in large numbers, but if you weed through enough of them, you will come away with a good creel of keeper-sized fish.
The largemouth bass also are present in numbers, with a good majority of them being in the 10- to 14-inch range. However, larger fish have been taken here, including a few citation-sized fish.
The largest thus far was an 8-pound, 8-ounce fish that led the state in size for that species in 2019.
With the water being shallow, the majority of the cover exists in the form of aquatic weed growth. There are also some submerged manmade structures in place, and a bit of stump and rock cover amid the weeds.
Probing the edges and small openings amid the vegetation is probably the most popular way of covering water for bass with artificial lures being preferred over live bait for this tactic.
The panfish are eager biters with the biggest problem being getting your offering through the host of smaller fish to the larger keeper-sized members of the species you are targeting.
While fishing can be good at any time of the year for these fish, spring sees the most keeper-sized fish caught, but winter ice fishing can be nothing short of excellent here.
Possibly the one species that gets overlooked is the catfish. The bullheads that have been stocked in the lake are aggressive feeders and can be readily caught by anglers.
The biggest challenge can be finding a clean bottom area for shore-bound anglers to try and catch them. The shallow weed growth can be challenging, but there are a few areas where it is possible.
Any type of catfish bait will work, and most of the fish you catch will be in the 10- to 12-inch range. Don’t expect a lot of action during the middle of a sunny day though, because the fish prefer low light and dark times for feeding.
In 2021, the county was awarded grants to update this area. The improvements included an expanded parking area, restroom facilities and a handicapped dock.
This is in addition to the numerous walking trails that have been put in place in recent years to make the area more attractive to the public. In addition to the nature side, a Frisbee golf course has been added to the area, so a combination trip with the family is a possibility.
While it is no longer used primarily as a waterfowl propagation area, you will still frequently encounter birds there. Waterfowl often use the lake and surrounding landscape as a stopover during spring and fall migrations.
You are also apt to see waterfowl species using the site as a place to rear their young as well.
The lake is located just north of the town of Beaver Springs. Route 235 will take you in the general direction of both this lake and the Walker Lake recreational area just a bit further up the road.
The town can provide you with traveling amenities and possibly some local information on the lake and the current fishing conditions.
You may never have heard of Faylor Lake, but you owe it to yourself to visit and fish. Plan a trip this summer to this small impoundment and see if you don’t come away pleased with the experience.
LOCATION: North of Beaver Springs, Snyder County
SIZE: 140-acre manmade lake on 800 acres of property
SPECIES: White and black crappies, bluegills, yellow and brown bullheads, pumpkinseeds, yellow perch, largemouth bass
WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW: Fishing is allowed from the shoreline and manually powered boats.
Improvements made last year include an expanded parking area, restroom facilities and a handicapped dock.
There are many walking trails.
Winter ice-fishing is good.