Area Steelhead Streams
Steelhead are still in good numbers in all the streams. With the cold winter months upon us, the streams are icing up quickly.
It is time for ice fishing in the region. Anglers are catching crappie, bluegills, pickerel, and perch on tip-ups and by jigging on Shohola Marsh Reservoir. The coves and southwest end of Lake Wallenpaupack are loaded with perch and panfish. Some anglers are even catching Smallmouth Bass through the ice. Try putting holes in a few different locations and rotate jigging between them as the fish tend to move their schools about the cove.
Wyoming & Southwest Susquehanna County
Ice fishing season has begun on most bodies of water throughout the district. Anglers have been catching nice sized Bluegill and a few Largemouth Bass on Stevens Lake using wax worms and live minnows. Oxbow Lakehas also produced a nice variety of fish. Some fortunate anglers have caught big Chain Pickerel, Rainbow Trout, crappie, Bluegill, and Largemouth Bass in a single day. The trout were caught on spoons fished higher in the water column. Other species were caught on a variety of live bait with live minnows working best. Anglers are encouraged to check ice conditions and keep ice safety at the forefront of their minds when preparing to venture onto the ice throughout the season.
Northern Carbon & Southern Monroe County
Ice conditions are beginning to become ideal for ice fishing. The recent cold weather has allowed fishermen to venture onto the hardwater. Anglers on some of the private impoundments have been catching crappie and other panfish using jigs tipped with wax worms. Anglers, ice skaters, and anyone who ventures onto the ice are reminded to check ice conditions prior to getting onto the ice, and to remain aware of changing weather conditions.
Central Allegheny County
Some anglers are taking advantage of trout that were stocked in Peter’s Creek on Peter’s Creek Road (South Park Twp. And Jefferson Hills). The trout were stocked courtesy of Tri-Community Anglers for a Children’s Day back in October. There are still trout in the creek and anglers are still catching them.
Ice anglers are catching crappie and trout at Lake Rowena using scented artificial bait and minnows. Be sure to test the ice thickness and appearance before heading out. Remember to be careful near the bridge where Howells Run enters the lake, as the ice may be thinner.
Ice anglers at Duman Lake are catching trout on scented artificial worms, jigs, and minnows. Also, ice anglers are catching some Chain Pickerel from the middle of the lake to the back end using tip-ups and shiners.
Anglers are still catching trout on the North Branch Little Conemaugh using nightcrawlers and scented artificial bait.
Canonsburg Lake and Dutch Fork Lake were noted on 1/13/22 to be mostly locked up with ice in most places from shore. Hopefully, with some more below freezing nights, we will have some good ice to make it hardwater fishable.
There are still a lot of trout to be caught. Remember that we are in the Extended Trout Season and the daily limit is three trout.
Cross Creek Lake has slowed down, but as it gets colder the crappie bite should pick up. The back end of the lake by the kayak launch is locked up with ice. Many anglers look forward to that deep freeze weather and lots of good ice.
The Monongahela River has been too high for fishing over the past couple weeks. When conditions are good, anglers are still catching nice Walleye at Locks # 3 and 4.
Northern Bucks County
Please remember to renew you fishing licenses for 2022 and pick up a new copy of the Summary Guide. You can purchase your license and find fishing regulations at www.fishandboat.com.
The weather has finally gotten cold, and some ice has been forming on all the lakes in Northern Bucks County so before going out make sure you know if the ice is safe. It is always a good idea to review safety information prior to venturing out for your trip.
For those willing to brave the cold winter months, Lake Nockamixon still has all its boating accesses open.