Pond Fishing

Pond Fishing has a long and enduring legacy at Newlin Grist Mill. The park’s founder, E. Mortimer Newlin, was an avid fisherman and loved sharing the joy of fishing with others. Many people in the community fondly recall catching their first fish in the Trout Ponds here and have brought subsequent generations of their family to continue the tradition. We invite you to do so as well!

Pond Fishing at Newlin Grist Mill is open to everyone, and families with children are welcome. No fishing license is required. Pond Fishing is offered on weekends from the opening of the Pennsylvania trout fishing season through November, conditions permitting.

2024 Pond Fishing Dates & Times

  • Saturdays & Sundays, April 6th through November 24th (closed on Saturday, June 15th and Saturday, September 21st for special events)
  • 9am to 3:30pm (registration closes at 3pm)
  • Please note: Pond Fishing may be closed during periods of high heat due to elevated water temperatures.


  • $8 registration per person to fish
  • $5 registration per person to spectate
  • $7 per fish caught / $6 per fish caught if donated for Tri-State Bird Rescue (see below)
  • Bait is available for $1

Things to Know Before You Fish

  • All visitors must register at the Front Desk in the Visitor Center before beginning to fish.
  • Registration for Pond Fishing ends at 3pm. Please note that those signing up at 3pm will only have half an hour to fish, so we recommend coming early to get the most out of your visit!
  • Pond Fishing takes place in the three Trout Ponds next to the Visitor Center, which are fed by the spillway of the millrace and empty into the West Branch Chester Creek.
  • The Trout Ponds are conveniently accessed from the site’s parking lot, and the middle pond features a stone platform for wheelchair access.
  • You are welcome to bring your own spinning reel rods, but please be mindful of others when casting.
  • Cane poles are available for use while Pond Fishing. Please be courteous and return poles to the rack when finished (with the hook secured to the bottom of the pole).
  • You must keep and pay for all fish you catch. Catch-and-release is not permitted for Pond Fishing for the health of the ponds. Trout are very sensitive to stress and have a special slime layer over their skin that is easily damaged by improper handling.
  • Newlin Grist Mill does not provide fish cleaning facilities or services. Please plan to take your catch home for processing. For information on how to clean trout, see this YouTube playlist.
  • If you do not wish to keep the trout you catch, please consider donating them to help feed rescued birds. See below for more information on our partnership program!

Help feed an osprey or eagle!

Newlin Grist Mill partners with Tri-State Bird Rescue & Research to help feed rescued birds of prey. If you enjoy catching trout but do not want to eat them, don’t throw them out! You can share your trout with an osprey or eagle. Donate your trout today, and they will be used to feed injured birds.

Tri-State Bird Rescue & Research is a wild bird rehabilitation center in Newark, DE. Each year, they receive nearly 100 injured osprey and bald eagles in need of care. These large birds of prey eat fish almost exclusively, and trout is one of their favorites. Any donations of whole fish to help these patients on their road to recovery and return to the wild is greatly appreciated. To learn more about Tri-State Bird Rescue & Research, click here.

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