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Pennsylvania Fishing Report – February 16, 2022

Northwest Region

Crawford County
Pymatuning Reservoir
Anglers are having good success on the south end of the lake off Snodgrass, McArthur, Jamestown Marina, Group Camp, and Main Beach. Anglers are catching crappie, Yellow Perch, Bluegill, White Bass, and Walleye at various depths with most success seeming to come around submerged structure.

Venango County
Justus Lake
Anglers are catching Yellow Perch and Rainbow Trout using wax worms.
Kahle Lake
Anglers are catching Yellow Perch and Bluegill using minnows or wax worms on jigs.
Anglers are catching Largemouth Bass using shiners.  Fish continue to be on the move, however, when hook-ups occur several sizeable harvests have been reported.
Anglers are reminded that Kahle Lake is governed under Big Bass Regulations.
Allegheny River
The Allegheny River contains heavy concentrations of both shore and pack ice throughout the county’s length but is mixed with pockets of open/flowing water.

North-central Region

Northumberland & Snyder Counties

Spring is on the horizon and anglers are encouraged to be aware of changing conditions. Next week is forecasted to be well above freezing with possible rain.  This will likely deteriorate the ice rapidly.  Please take caution and pay attention to the thickness of the ice. With the shifts in temperature, the ice can be a lot weaker than it looks. A float coat and other safety tools are recommended.  If you choose to ice fish, remember; “clear ice” or “black ice” will better hold your weight when compared to “white ice.”

Clearfield County

West Branch of the Susquehanna River – Waters of the West Branch are currently at high levels due to recent rains and warmer temperatures. Most of the ice that had been forming and building throughout Clearfield has been broken up and pushed down stream. It may be a few more days until any fishing opportunities present themselves.

Curwensville Lake – Anglers should use caution when angling at Curwensville Lake. What may have been safe ice one day may no longer be safe the next. Rain and warmer temperatures may affect the lake by raising the water levels and causing the ice to separate from shore. This scenario played out on the evening of February 4th and resulted in an ice rescue at the lake. Pay attention to recent weather patterns and never assume any ice is “safe ice”.

Janesville Dam, Parker Lake, Shagger’s Inn Pond – Fishing opportunities remain at all 3 of these impoundments. Anglers are doing best while using jigs tipped with wax-worms or maggots.

Please be reminded that these impoundments are Stocked Trout Waters and will be closed to fishing beginning on February 21st.

Northeast Region

Pike & Wayne County
Lake Wallenpaupack anglers are catching perch off the shoreline between Wilsonville Recreation Area and Brookfield Environmental Learning Center.  The most successful anglers are using light lines, 2 lb. test, with lures on a dropshot rig set around 30 feet.  Also, anglers have been catching panfish and perch around Walt’s Point and into Walt’s Cove along the shoreline of Shuman Point. Pickerel and perch are being caught on tip-ups near the launch at Sterling Marina. There are a few reports of Striped Bass and Brown Trout being caught on the southwest half of the lake.

Be sure to regularly check ice conditions while fishing around the lake with the upcoming changes in weather. Currently there are 10-14 inches of ice, but rising water levels are pushing the ice away from the shoreline in some spots where it can be thin or difficult to access thicker ice.

Walleyes are being caught on the Delaware River from Narrowsburg down through Zane Grey. Decker Brook, Shohola Creek, Masthope Creek, and the Lackawaxen River will be closed for fishing beginning February 21st in anticipation of trout season.

Wyoming & Southwest Susquehanna County
Anglers fishing through the ice have had some nice catches to report. Oxbow Lake, for a variety of fish, has been one of the better choices in the local area. Trout, Largemouth Bass, all types of panfish, and pickerel have all been brought to the ice in a single outing for some anglers. Live bait has been best for all species.

Nice sized walleye have been caught at Lake Carey on live minnows.  The most productive times have been early or late in the day.  Lastly, Lake Winola anglers have had some luck catching trout and panfish using jigs and wax worms. Anglers fishing at night at Lake Winola have been doing well to catch trout.

Northern Carbon & Southern Monroe County
Most lakes across the county are completely frozen over. However, with the recent rain, anglers should be cautious about slushy or weak spots on the ice. Anglers, ice skaters, and anyone who ventures onto the ice are reminded to always check ice conditions prior to getting onto the ice, and to remain aware of changing weather conditions.

Trout stocking schedules are available on our website.  Monitor our social media pages and website to be the first to know when your favorite streams will be stocked! Reminder, there is now only one statewide trout opening day. This will occur on the first Saturday of April. The youth day will be the Saturday prior.

Columbia & Southern Luzerne County

With much of the river locked up with ice, the Susquehanna River has not been an option for most.  That said, ice season is in full swing and there is no shortage of options of lakes or ponds to catch fish.  Lily Lake, Nuangola Lake and Briar Creek Lake have all been giving up fish with the traditional ice fishing methods.  Northern Pike and Chain Pickerel are being caught on tip-ups with shiners at Lily Lake.  Lily Lake is also giving up panfish and Trout on jigs tipped with wax worms or maggots.  There are reports of a good panfish bite at Nuangola Lake and Briar Creek Lake has been giving up crappies and trout as well.

Francis E. Walter Reservoir has had the accesses closed this past week, due to the U.S. Army Corps holding back water.  This has caused unstable conditions and it was closed out of safety concerns for anglers.  Look for it to reopen as we move further into the week.  Before heading out there, you can call the USACE office for more information, or visit their website.

As we move further into February, anglers are reminded that Approved Trout Waters close February 21st this year, as we begin stocking Trout for the earlier, April 2nd opener.

Speaking of Trout; Stocking schedules have been released and are available on the website.  Check out when your favorite streams will be stocked and come on out to help.

Should the Susquehanna River free up, boaters are reminded again of the Mandatory PFD Wear Period, in effect through April 30th.  All persons in boats less than 16′ in length and anyone in a canoe or kayak, regardless of length, is required to wear a USCG approved flotation device of the appropriate size.

South-central Region

Blair/Huntingdon Counties
Little Juniata River:  With warmer days arriving, fly fisherman have been reporting good success on wet flies on stretches of the Little J between Birmingham and the town of Spruce Creek. Anglers are reminded to wade with caution though, as the recent snow and ice melt has made waters high and swift.

Canoe Creek Lake: Anglers on the ice have reported decent crappie rates. Yellow Perch have been the main catch, with a trout here and there. Jigging has been successful, as well as small minnows.

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