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North Western Pennsylvania Fishing Reports

Northwest Pennsylvania Fish Report - February 27th, 2015

Presque Isle Bay (Erie County) — Misery Bay was hit or miss earlier this month, with numbers of shad reported, and the Stink Hole yielding some nice bluegills and decent yellow perch. The bay in front of Vista No. 1 and No. 2 was producing an occasional steelhead in addition to perch and bluegills. Chestnut Street also was yielding nice perch for those willing to make the long walk.

Tionesta Lake (Forest County) — Ice anglers were catching bluegills and yellow perch near the marina.

Chapman Lake (Warren County) — Ice anglers were catching trout near the boat launch and dam area.

Allegheny Reservoir (Warren County) — Anglers were icing northern pike and walleyes in Willow Bay.

Kahle Lake (Clarion County) — Ice anglers willing to drill a lot of holes were catching nice panfish in early February. But the bite was hit or miss.

Allegheny River — The entire river was covered with ice.

Justus Lake (Venango County) — Bluegills, yellow perch, and rainbow trout were being iced through mid-February.

Conneaut Lake (Crawford County) — Some nice bluegills and a few northern pike were reported by ice anglers in early February.

Canadohta Lake, Sugar Lake (Crawford County) — A few crappies and bluegills were being iced through mid-February.

Woodcock Lake, Woodcock Creek (Crawford County) — A few yellow perch and the occasional walleye were reported in the lake through mid-February. The creek below the dam was yielding some nice-sized walleyes as conditions allowed.

Shenango Reservoir (Mercer County) — Ice anglers were reporting panfish in popular spots such as Golden Run and the Celery Farm in the reservoir. The reservoir outflow was yielding numbers of stocked trout as conditions allowed.

Lake Arthur (Butler County) — Ice-fishing reports were mixed in recent weeks, with traditional weedbeds becoming less productive, and submerged log piles or railroad beds yielding decent panfish. Small minnows or maggot-tipped jigs were out-producing large shiners and chubs for many anglers. The bass bite was slow.

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North Central Pennsylvania Fishing Reports

North Central Pennsylvania Fishing Report - February 27th, 2015

George B. Stevenson Dam (Cameron County) — Crappies and bluegills were hitting waxworm-tipped jigs through mid-February.

Alvin R. Bush Dam (Clinton County) — Ice anglers were catching crappies and other panfish on wax worms and minnows.

Laurel Run Reservoir (Elk County) — Ice anglers were catching panfish on minnows and jigs tipped with maggots.

Ridgway Reservoir (Elk County) — Panfish were hitting jigs tipped with waxworms or maggots, or live minnows through mid-February.

Cloe Dam (Jefferson County) — Anglers were icing rainbow trout on jigging spoons through mid-February.

Kyle Lake (Jefferson County) — Northern pike, including a 31-incher, were hitting live shiners and fathead minnows through mid-February. Waxworm-tipped jigs were taking bluegills.

Walker Lake (Snyder County) — Crappies and bluegills were hitting jigs tipped with waxworms or maggots in recent weeks. The occasional pike also was reported.

Beechwood Lake (Tioga County) — Ice anglers in early February were catching trout on minnows and waxworms. Perch were hitting waxworms, and a few bass and chain pickerel were reported on shiners.

Cowanesque Lake (Tioga County) — Muskies and bass were being iced on shiners and suckers near the campground in early February. Yellow perch and bluegills were hitting jigs tipped with waxworms near the West end of the lake.

Hills Creek Lake (Tioga County) — Yellow perch, including a few 13-inchers, and some nice bluegills were hitting in early February on jigs tipped with waxworms or maggots. Tip-ups with shiners were taking pickerel, including a 24-incher, and a few bass up to 4 pounds in the shallows.

Hamilton Lake (Tioga County) — Yellow perch, crappies, and bluegills were hitting wax worms in early February, and trout were hitting waxworm-tipped jigs and tip-ups in various depths in early February.

Hammond Lake (Tioga County) — Some crappies and bluegills were reported on fathead minnows or waxworms through mid-February. 

Allegheny Reservoir (McKean County) — Ice anglers were catching walleyes, yellow perch and northern pike near Kinzua Point, the Kinzua arm, and the north and west shorelines in early February.

Marilla Reservoir (McKean County) — Ice anglers were catching trout from the December stocking in early February.

West Branch, Susquehanna River (Lycoming County) — Anglers were icing catching crappies near DuBoistown in early February.

Rose Valley Lake (Lycoming County) — Bluegills, yellow perch and walleyes were being iced on jigs tipped with waxworms or maggots or live minnows in early February.

Thomas Dam (Lycoming County) — Anglers were icing bluegills on maggots and waxworms in early February.

State Game Land 252 Ponds (Lycoming County) — Largemouth bass and bluegills were being iced in early February, with waxworms and maggots the tickets for bluegills, and waxworms and live minnows working for the bass.

Black Moshannon Lake (Centre County) — Pickerel, yellow perch and crappies were being iced in early February, but the bass bite was slow.

Foster Joseph Sayers Lake (Centre County) — In early February, ice anglers were catching yellow perch and crappies on jigs tipped with wax worms or maggots near the beach area, while the Hunter Run Cut area was yielding crappies, yellow perch, and bluegills on jigs tipped with maggots or waxworms, and tip-ups with shiners or fathead minnows. Bluegills were hitting in nice numbers at Lower Greens Run, with silver 1⁄8-inch jigs tipped with maggots or waxworms productive.

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North Eastern Pennsylvania Fishing Reports

Northeast Pennsylvania Fish Report - February 27th, 2015

Harris Pond (Luzerne County) — Numbers of bluegills and a few yellow perch were reported on this 30-acre fishery through Feb. 11.

Lake Jean (Luzerne County) — Chain pickerel and a few yellow perch were being iced through mid-February.

Briar Creek Lake (Columbia County) — Crappies were reported in recent weeks, although sizes were more impressive than numbers.

Long Pond (Wayne County) — Ice anglers were catching bluegills and perch on jigs. Trout also were reported, although with some nice crappies.

Duck Harbor Pond (Wayne County) — Some nice bass and chain pickerel were reported on tip-ups and minnows in recent weeks.

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South Western Pennsylvania Fishing Reports

Southwest Pennsylvania Fishing Report - February 27th, 2015

North Park Lake (Allegheny County) — This small stocked-trout fishery was yielding nice catches to ice anglers through mid-February.

Raccoon Lake (Beaver County) — Ice anglers were catching bluegills and crappies, mostly in small sizes, by jigging maggots and waxworms. A few anglers caught trout, with gold-colored spoons tipped with a waxworm productive.

Monongahela River (Washington, Greene counties) — As conditions allowed, walleyes and saugers were reported on live minnows and soft plastic swimbaits near the outfalls and locks and dams.

Pennsylvania Game Commission State Game Land 223 ponds (Greene County) — Crappies, bluegills and sunfish were reported in recent weeks at this and other area ponds.

Laurel Hill Lake (Somerset County) — In early February, bluegills and rainbow trout were hitting through the ice on jigs tipped with waxworms and on spoons.

Lake Somerset (Somerset County) — Crappies, nice-size channel catfish, yellow perch, largemouth bass and a few keeper-size walleyes were reported by ice anglers through early February.

High Point Lake (Somerset County) — This impounded high atop a mountain was yielding northern pike, including a 33-incher and a 40-incher, chain pickerel, yellow perch, largemouth bass and a few crappies.

Youghiogheny River (Somerset County) — As conditions allowed, the tailrace was yielding trout up to 17 inches on lures and live bait.

Cranberry Glade Lake (Somerset County) — Northern pike up to 30 inches were reported in early February, along with bass in mixed sizes, although the bites were inconsistent.

Green Lick Dam (Westmoreland County) — Largemouth bass up to 20-plus inches were reported on tip-ups with 4- to 6-inch shiners by ice anglers in early February.

Yellow Creek Lake (Armstrong County) — Ice anglers in early February were catching keeper-size northern pike and some nice bass.

Glendale Lake (Cambria County) — Yellow perch, northern pike, including a 36-incher, and several small bass were being iced through mid-February.

Lake Rowena, Duman Lake (Cambria County) — Brown trout were reported at both fisheries, and Duman also was yielding pickerel.

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South Central Pennsylvania Fishing Reports

South Central Pennsylvania Fishing Report - February 27th, 2015

Shawnee Lake (Bedford County) — Channel catfish were reported on tip-ups and minnows. Walleyes and crappies also were reported in early to mid-February.

Oppossum Lake (Cumberland County) — Anglers were icing bluegills in recent weeks.

Sheppard-Myers Reservoir (York County) — Ice anglers were catching nice panfish on jigs through Feb. 11.

Susquehanna River — As conditions allowed, walleyes and catfish were reported around the Yorkhaven and Brunner Island areas, with the catfish taking shrimp and liver, and the walleyes hitting jigs with minnows or twister-tails.

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South Eastern Pennsylvania Fishing Reports

Southeast Pennsylvania Fishing Report - February 27th, 2015

Kaercher Creek Lake, Scott’s Run Lake (Berks, Lancaster counties) — Trout were reported on small jigs and minnows, crawlers, or waxworms.

Lake Ontelaunee (Berks County) — Numbers of bass were iced on large minnows through early to mid-February.

Blue Marsh Lake (Berks County) — The upper coves were yielding large crappies and the occasional hybrid striped bass.

Middle Creek Lake (Lancaster County) — Ice anglers were catching bass and catfish through early to mid-February.

Struble Lake (Chester County) — Bluegills, crappies and yellow perch were being iced on shiners, chubs, flathead minnows and mealworms earlier this month amid high fishing pressure.

Marsh Creek Lake (Chester County) — Panfish were reported on various live baits and brightly-colored jigs.

Muddy Run Lake (Lancaster County) — Ice anglers were catching yellow perch on spoons. Black crappies and trout also were reported.
Compiled by Deborah Weisberg

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