Report from the Dock
Early ice has been producing good fishing across the state. Some examples: Stevens Lake, nice-sized bluegills and largemouth bass on wax worms and live minnows; Lake Wallenpaupack, the coves and southwest end of the lake were yielding perch and panfish; Shohola Marsh Reservoir, crappies, bluegills, chain pickerel and perch were hitting tip-ups and jigs; Lake Redman, bass and perch were reported on small jigs; Sayers Lake, crappies, bluegills and perch were hitting jigs tipped with maggots; Colyer Lake, crappies and perch were being iced; Hills Creek Lake, Hammond Lake and Tioga Lake were yielding lots of panfish; Black Moshannon Lake, nice crappies, sunfish and perch were reported; Lake Rowena, crappies and trout were taking scented artificial baits and minnows; and Pymatuning Reservoir, lots of crappies and perch.
Presque Isle Bay (Erie County) — Where ice was fishable, anglers were catching perch, crappies, bass and a few northern pike through Jan. 21.
Pymatuning Reservoir (Crawford County) — Ice anglers were out in force as of Jan. 21 and catching numbers of crappies and perch.
Allegheny River (Forest County) — Walleyes, northern pike, and muskies were reported in early January, with anglers fishing from shore, near the boat launch and near the fishing pier. The river in Tionesta is accessible by boat at the Sand and Gravel Launch.
Tionesta outflow — As open water allowed, anglers were able to fish from the wall for yellow perch, walleyes, and muskies. Anglers are reminded that they must possess a trout permit to fish in the outflow even if they are not targeting trout. Boaters are reminded that boats are prohibited upstream from the county bridge to the outflow.
Tionesta Lake (Forest County) — As conditions allowed in early January, boaters continue to have success trolling for muskies.
Chapman Lake (Warren County) — The Pennsylvania Fish & Boat Commission stocked this fishery with trout in December. Anglers are reminded that the daily limit is three trout.
Allegheny River — Walleyes and smallmouth bass were reported near the United Refining Co. in early January. Smallmouth bass must be at least 15 inches long to be harvested and the daily limit is four, combined species.
Peters Creek (Allegheny County) — Anglers were catching trout in recent weeks left over from a stocking by a local club in October.
Lake Rowena (Cambria County) — Crappies and trout were taking scented artificial baits and minnows through the ice in recent weeks. The Fish & Boat Commission was urging caution about thin ice near the bridge where Howells Run enters the lake.
Duman Lake (Cambria County) — Trout were taking scented artificial crawlers, and jigs, and minnows in recent weeks. Also, ice fishermen were catching some chain pickerel from the middle of the lake to the back end using tip-ups and shiners.
North Branch Little Conemaugh River — Trout were reported on night crawlers and scented artificials in recent weeks.
Canonsburg Lake, Dutch Fork Lake (Washington County) — Ice was forming in mid-January on these trout-stocked impoundments, and anglers were waiting for safe thickness.
Cross Creek Lake (Washington County) — The back end of the lake by the kayak launch was locked up with ice as of Jan. 13. Anglers were anticipating ice fishing and a good crappie bite.
Monongahela River — High water was hampering fishing in mid-January, but when conditions allowed, nice walleye catches were reported at lock numbers 3 and 4.
Hills Creek Lake, Hammond Lake, Tioga Lake, Lake Nessmuk (Tioga County) —Tackle Shack reported Jan. 22 the ice fishing was in full swing on all four lakes and anglers were making nice catches of panfish. Nessmuk opened for harvest Jan. 1 with Big Bass Program restrictions and Panfish Enhancement Program restrictions on sunfish and crappies.
Sayers Lake (Centre County) — Ice fishermen were catching crappies, bluegills and perch in the East/West Launch Cove, Hunter Run Cut, and off the beach area through mid-January. Baits of choice were 10-12 jigs (10-12) tipped with maggots and suspended about two feet off the bottom. Tip-ups with minnows are were doing well. Some trout and bass also were reported.
Black Moshannon Lake (Centre County) — Ice-fishing pressure was moderate with nice crappies, sunfish and perch reported, although the bite was slow for some anglers through mid-January. Jigs with maggots fishes around the edges of weedbeds was productive.
Colyer Lake (Centre County) —Crappies and perch were being iced through mid-January.
Spring Creek (Centre County) —Some trout anglers were doing well, as conditions allowed in recent weeks, with releases coming on spinners and nymphs.
Little Pine Lake (Lycoming County) — Ice anglers were catching trout in nice sizes with wax worms, minnows, and jigs effective when fished near the bottom.
Frankstown Branch, Juniata River (Blair County) — In early January, as conditions allowed, fly-anglers were catching trout on wet flies (16-20). Midge patterns were productive in the stretch between Roaring Spring and Claysburg. Wild brown trout were among the releases.
Greenwood Lake (Huntingdon County) — As open water allowed earlier in January, anglers were catching trout from shore on a variety of live baits.
Lake Perez (Huntingdon County) — Panfish were reported in the open water of early January.
Raystown Lake (Huntingdon County) — Lake trout were reported in early January, with fish coming from on spoons and live baits from deeper depths.
Susquehanna River (York County) — Low temperatures made for light angling activity in early January, although smallmouth bass were hitting on 3.5-inch tubes fished slowly on the bottom.
Lake Redman (York County) —Bass and perch were reported on small jigs in early January.
Shohola Marsh Reservoir (Pike County) — Crappies, bluegills, chain pickerel, and perch were hitting tip-ups and jigs through Jan. 19.
Lake Wallenpaupack (Pike County) — The coves and southwest end of the lake were yielding perch and panfish through the ice.
Stevens Lake (Wyoming County) — Some nice-sized bluegills and a few largemouth bass were reported on wax worms and live minnows through mid-January.
Oxbow Lake (Wyoming County) — Chain pickerel, crappies, bluegills, largemouth bass and rainbow trout were reported on this 60-acre impoundment through mid-January, with the trout coming on spoons fished higher in the water column. Live baits, especially minnows, were productive on the other species.
Locust Lake (Schuylkill County) — Open water at the start of January allowed anglers to catch trout on a variety of live baits on this stocked impoundment in recent weeks.
Delaware River — Bart’s Tackle Shop reported Jan. 22 that anglers were catching some perch but angling pressure was very low.
Falls Township Park Lake — Bart’s Tackle Shop reported Jan. 22 that a few perch were being caught.
— Compiled by Deborah Weisberg