Pennsylvania Outdoor News Fishing & Hunting Report – March 1, 2019

Anglers are reminded that all Stocked Trout Waters (except special regulation stretches) will be closed to fishing from March 1 until opening day, which is March 30 in the southeastern counties and April 13 in the remainder of Pennsylvania.  

For more, including a stocking schedule, visit the Pennsylvania Fish & Boat Commission at www.fishand
boat.com. 

NORTHWEST REGION

Lake Erie tributaries — Numbers of steelhead were in the streams in mid-February, but fishing conditions varied with the weather. 

Presque Isle Bay (Erie County) —Yellow perch were reported off the North and South piers in mid-February. Fisherie.com reported Feb. 13 that anglers were catching bluegills, sunfish and perch through the ice, but opportunities were spotty.

Allegheny River (Forest County) — Anglers were catching walleyes and northern pike from boats and shore up until ice accumulation made the Tionesta Sand Gravel launch and shoreline inaccessible in mid-February.

Tionesta Reservoir outflow (Forest County) — Wall anglers were catching yellow perch, walleyes, and muskellunge. Anglers are reminded that fishing here requires a trout stamp even if they are not targeting trout. 

Allegheny River (Venango County) — Anglers were catching walleyes, muskies, and the occasional northern pike through mid-February.

Oil Creek (Venango County) — As of the second week of February, water downstream of the ice control device remained open, while upstream of the device water and stream bank were ice-locked in places. 

Justus Lake (Venango County) — Trout were reported through mid-February.

Kahle Lake (Venango, Clarion counties) — Crappies, yellow perch, and bluegills were reported through mid-February.

Piney Dam (Clarion County) — Ice anglers were catching yellow perch and walleyes in early February.

Bessemer Lake (Lawrence County) — Trout were hitting through the ice on a variety of baits, and crappies were taking tiny green and white plastic worms in early February.  

Lake Wilhelm (Mercer County) — Ice anglers were catching panfish near the dam in early February.

Lake Arthur (Butler County) — Ice anglers were catching northern pike and largemouth bass on tip-ups with large shiners in about 15 feet, with most action coming about a foot or two from the bottom.

SOUTHWEST REGION

Cranberry Glade Lake (Somerset County) — Northern pike and largemouth bass were reported by ice anglers in mid-February.

Laurel Hill Lake (Somerset County) — Trout were reported in the spillway in mid-February.

Quemahoning Reservoir (Somerset County) — The spillway was yielding trout in mid-February.

High Point Lake (Somerset County) — Ice anglers were catching large numbers of panfish, mostly bluegills and yellow perch, on jigs tipped with wax worms, in mid-February. Crappies up to 15 inches were active. Anglers also were catching catfish, chain pickerel up to 26 inches, a few northern pike, and largemouth bass on shiners.  

Brady’s Run Lake, Raccoon Lake (Beaver County) — Small panfish and an occasional trout were reported on minnow- or maggot-tipped jigs, or minnows  through the end of January. 

Twin Lakes (Westmoreland County) — Bass and trout were hitting on minnows in early February.  

Dunlap Lake, Virgin Run Lake (Fayette County) — Panfish and trout were reported in early February.

Yellow Creek Lake (Indiana County) — Northern pike, and some sunfish and bluegills were reported by ice anglers fishing shiners and minnows through early February. 

Youghiogheny River — The tailrace was yielding trout on live bait and silver spoons in early February. 

NORTH-CENTRAL REGION

Hills Creek Lake (Tioga County) — Don’s Tackle Shack reported Feb. 14 bluegills and crappies were being iced in nice numbers in 5 to 8 feet on the stumps end, with green, black, and chartreuse-colored soft plastics and waxworms productive. Crappies also were hitting fatheads and green or black soft plastics as well. Bass and chain pickerel were reported on shiners and fatheads on tip-ups. A few perch were reported in the stumps and in the deeper water toward the dam.

Beechwood Lake (Tioga County) — Don’s Tackle Shack reported Feb. 14 that anglers were catching perch, trout, a few crappies and bluegills. Bass and chain pickerel were reported on tip-ups and minnows, although edge ice was becoming sloppy in places.

Lyman Run Lake (Tioga County) — Don’s reported Feb. 15 that water was open where the creek comes in but the lower end was yielding trout and bluegills though the ice. 

Foster Joseph Sayers Lake (Centre County) — Numbers of panfish were reported during fishable ice.

Spring Creek (Centre County) — As of Feb. 14, water had nice color and flow and was in the mid-40s.  Trout were hitting on nymphs, such as Walt’s Worms (12-16), Olive Scuds (14-18), and Squirmy Wormies (12), and streamers in olive and black (4-8).

Fishing Creek (Clinton County) — Water was in the mid-40s and had good color and flow as of Feb. 14. Trout were on the bottom and taking small streamers, such as sparkle minnows and sculpins (4-8), or nymphs, such as flashback Pheasant Tails (14-18), Frenchies (14-28), and black or brown Stoneflies (8-12)

SOUTH-CENTRAL REGION

Quittapahilla Creek (Lebanon County) — Cobles Bait Shop reported Feb. 16 that anglers were catching trout, and ice had deteriorated to an unfishable condition on area lakes.

Canoe Creek Lake (Blair County) — When ice was fishable in early February, some nice chain pickerel and panfish were reported.

Holman Lake (Perry County) — Trout, bluegills, and perch were reported when ice was fishable in early February, with waxworms, mealworms, and small minnows on jigs productive. 

Susquehanna River (York County) — The lower reaches were yielding walleyes and catfish around Yorkhaven, but the bites were generally slow in early February. The catfish were taking livers and shrimp, and the walleyes were hitting jigs with minnows or twister tails

NORTHEAST REGION

Lake Wallenpaupack (Pike County) — Large striped bass were reported by ice anglers through mid-February. Perch and other panfish also were hitting, along with some large brown trout. Live baits were taking most fish.

Shohola Lake (Pike County) — Largemouth bass and chain pickerel were reported through mid-February. 

Lake Greeley (Pike County) — Productive panfishing was reported through mid-February.  

Mauch Chunk Lake (Carbon County) — Ice anglers were catching perch between 11 and 14 inches and some nice bluegills on small jigs tipped with waxworms earlier in February. Tip-ups with minnows were taking numbers of chain pickerel and bass, but many were sub-legal in size.

Pohopoco, Mauch Chunk creeks (Carbon County) — Anglers were catching trout as conditions allowed in early February. 

Beltzville Lake (Carbon County) — Chain pickerel and bass were hitting for ice anglers around the Preachers Camp access area. Some nice panfish also were reported. 

Harveys Lake (Luzerne County) — Some nice yellow perch were reported in early February, especially around dawn and dusk.

Frances Slocum Lake (Luzerne County) — Anglers were catching panfish in early February.

Lower Woods Pond, Long Pond (Wayne County) — Panfish were very active in early February and biting waxworm-tipped jigs. Bass were hitting jigs and shiners on Lower Woods. Chain pickerel were taking large shiners on tip-ups at Long.

Dunn Pond (Susquehanna County) — Crappies and perch were hitting jigs tipped with waxworms in early February. An occasional walleye was reported on a tip-up with a medium shiner. 

Lake Montrose (Susquehanna County) — Some nice bluegills and an occasional perch were reported on jigs in early February. 

Cook’s Pond (Bradford County) — Crappies were hitting various baits in early February, with jigs working at sunset and medium shiners on tip-ups effective during the day.

Stevens Lake (Wyoming County) — Nice numbers of small to medium-size bluegills were reported on waxworms and small minnows in early February.

Oxbow Lake (Wyoming County) — Nice-sized trout and chain pickerel were reported on minnows in early February.

SOUTHEAST REGION

Delaware River — Brinkman’s Bait and Tackle reported Feb. 14 that some nice walleyes, 3 to 8 pounds, were hitting blade baits and jigs with twister tails and minnows north of Trenton around Lambertville and New Hope. Catfish and white perch were reported around Philadelphia.

Locust, Tuscarora lakes (Schuylkill County) — As of mid-February, a few walleyes and nice numbers of crappies were reported. Trout and perch also were hitting, along with an occasional chain pickerel on live minnows.

Deer Lake (Schuylkill County) — Perch, crappies, and chain pickerel were reported in mid-February. The Fish & Boat Commission advised anglers to use extreme caution because the creek channel and heavy waterfowl activity cause open water.

Little Schuylkill River (Schuylkill County) — Trout action was slow through mid-February.  

New Jersey shore — Brinkman’s Bait and Tackle reported Feb. 14 that blackfish 8 to 10 pounds were hitting. The season closes at the end of February. Cod also were reported in about 120 feet of water. 

Compiled by Deborah Weisberg

Categories: Hunting News, News, Pennsylvania Fishing Reports

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