Despite heavy snows, ice fishing holding up well

Heavy snowfall put the kibosh on angling in many parts of
Pennsylvania earlier this month, although fisheries in some
counties were less impacted than others.

Anglers are advised to check conditions and to exercise extreme
caution when venturing onto frozen surfaces.

Weather forced postponement of Pennsylvania Fish & Boat
Commission trout-stocking plans in some places. For updates, visit
www.fishandboat.com

NORTHWEST REGION

Presque Isle Bay (Erie County) – Ice anglers were catching perch
in the bay and steelhead in the Walnut Creek marina in recent
weeks. Misery and Horseshoe ponds were yielding bluegills and
crappies.

Eaton Reservoir (Erie County) – Ice anglers reported nice
catches of northern pike in this impoundment near Northeast. Try
shiners on tip-ups.

Lake Pleasant, Upper Gravel Pit (Erie County) – Ice anglers were
catching recently stocked trout in early February.

East Basin Pond, West Basin Pond (Erie County) – A state trout
stocking was scheduled for Feb. 12.

Justus Lake (Venango County) – A state trout stocking was slated
for Feb. 18.

Pymatuning Reservoir (Crawford County) – Crappies, walleyes and
big bluegills were hitting through the ice as of Feb. 11.

Lake Wilhelm (Mercer County) – Ice anglers were catching quality
crappies, bluegills and numbers of bass, with the best conditions
on the upper end of the lake, including Launch No. 3, and in “the
stumps.”

Lake Arthur (Butler County) – Shawn Beggs, of Lindora, iced a
citation-size 13/4-pound, 14-inch crappie Feb. 8. The recent big
snowstorm shut down fishing.

Glade Run Lake (Butler County) – A state trout stocking was
slated for Feb. 18.

Brady’s Run Lake, Raccoon Lake (Beaver County) – State trout
stockings are slated for Feb. 16.

Lower Hereford Manor Lake (Beaver County) – A state trout
stocking is slated for Feb. 17.

SOUTHWEST REGION

Dunlap Creek Lake, Virgin Run Dam (Fayette County) – State trout
stockings slated for Feb. 9 were postponed until Feb. 23.

Youghiogheny River tailrace (Somerset, Fayette counties) – A
state trout stocking slated for Feb. 10 was postponed until Feb.
24.

Laurel Hill Lake (Somerset County) – Some nice perch were iced
on this 63-acre lake before the big early February snowstorm. The
state trout stocking slated for Feb. 10 was postponed until Feb.
24.

Cranberry Glade Lake (Somerset County) – Northern pike were iced
in recent weeks on this 116-acre mountain impoundment, which
remains drawn down in a Pennsylvania Fish & Boat Commission
effort to destroy underwater vegetation. This is one of few lakes
in Pennsylvania with standing timber.

High Point Lake (Somerset County) – Barry Wrimer, of Somerset,
iced an 18-inch largemouth bass and an 111/2-inch crappie on a
jigging rod with small spoon tipped with bait on this 338-acre
impoundment near Mount Davis, the highest point in Pennsylvania,
Feb. 4.

Mammoth Lake, Donegal Lake (Westmoreland County) – State trout
stockings were slated for Feb. 16.

Lower, Upper Twin lakes (Westmoreland County) – State trout
stockings were slated for Feb. 18.

Canonsburg Lake (Washington County) – A state trout stocking was
slated for Feb. 17.

Duman Dam, Lake Rowena (Cambria County) – State trout stockings
were slated for Feb. 17.

NORTHCENTRAL REGION

Curwensville Lake (Clearfield County) – Anglers were catching
perch, crappies, bass and muskies up to 40 inches in early
February. Anglers were catching the occasional walleye below the
spillway.

Parker Dam (Clearfield County) – Ice anglers were catching brook
trout in early February.

Cloe Lake (Jefferson County) – Anglers were catching recently
stocked rainbow trout on jigs and waxworms in recent weeks.
Bluegills and legal-size walleyes also were reported.

Kyle Lake (Jefferson County) – Legal-size northern pike were
reported on minnows on this 168-acre impoundment in recent weeks.
Small jigs were nabbing bluegills and crappies.

Big Fishing Creek (Clinton County) – Good trout-fishing
conditions were reported Feb. 11, along with a few midges.

Spring Creek (Centre County) – Good flow was reported Feb. 11,
with nymphs and streamers the best bet.

Penns Creek (Union County) – Water was high but beginning to
drop Feb. 11. A few midges were hatching but surface activity was
extremely slow in frigid water.

SOUTHCENTRAL REGION

Canoe Creek Lake (Blair County) – A state trout stocking was
slated for Feb. 16.

Little Juniata River (Blair, Huntingdon counties) – Slightly
higher-than- average flow was reported Feb. 11. A few midges were
reported but streamers and basic nymphs were the best bet.

NORTHEAST REGION

Lake Wallenpaupack (Pike County) – Very good ice fishing was
reported as of Feb. 13, although one angler reported getting
skunked at Capri marina Feb. 7. Another angler iced an 81/2-pound
brown trout in recent weeks; others caught numbers of northern
pike, big perch, crappies on shiners, and other panfish on jigs and
waxworms.

Silkworth and Francis Slocum lakes, Lake Jean (Luzerne County) –
Nice-size chain pickerel were the main catch during generally slow
ice action in recent weeks. Panfishing was poor to fair for many
anglers, with smaller bluegills and crappies reported.

Brady’s Lake (Monroe County) – Ice anglers were catching nice
walleyes on minnows in recent weeks.

Lake Carey (Wyoming County) – Ice angling was productive here
earlier this month, with nice-size walleyes and perch reported.

Quaker Lake (Susquehanna County) – A state trout stocking was
slated for Feb. 23.

Lackawanna Lake (Lackawanna County) – Some anglers were icing
largemouth bass on big minnows, and doing well jigging for trout. A
state trout stocking was slated for Feb. 22.

Hunters Lake (Sullivan County) – A state trout stocking was
slated for Feb. 22.

SOUTHEAST REGION

Lake Nockamixon (Bucks County) – Ice anglers reported numbers of
bass from 11/2 to 3 pounds, although one angler caught a
61/2-pounder, small crappies, and a few perch, mostly under 8
inches. Surprisingly, a couple of catfish also were iced.

Lake Towhee, Lake Galena (Bucks County) – Largemouth bass up to
3 pounds were iced on both impoundments in early February.

Locust Lake (Schuylkill County) – A state trout stocking was
slated for Feb. 16.

Tulpehocken Creek (Berks County) – Good levels were reported at
the end of January, although water was frigid. Nymphing was the
best bet.

Compiled by Deborah Weisberg

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