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Pennsylvania Fishing Report – March 2, 2022

Northwest

Crawford County
Woodcock Creek Lake
Anglers are catching panfish, Walleye, and Muskellunge through the ice.
French Creek
Reminder to boaters using the PFBC access to the creek, boats must be properly registered before using PFBC accesses. Also, be sure to have all required safety equipment on board prior to start of your float.
Canadohta Lake
Anglers are catching Muskellunge, Walleye and panfish through the ice.
Sugar Lake
Anglers are catching panfish, Chain Pickerel, Bowfin, and Largemouth Bass through the ice.
Tamarack Lake
The lake is open to hunters, boaters, and anglers. Remember to have all required safety equipment and proper registration if going out on a boat, canoe, or kayak. Anglers remember the lake is still listed as catch and release only.
Area Stocked Trout Streams
All Stocked Trout Streams will be closed to fishing from February 21st to the opening day of trout season at 8 a.m.
Pymatuning Reservoir
Anglers are catching many sublegal Walleye. When planning to keep fish, be sure to measure twice and ensure that the fish is of legal size.

North-central

Tioga County

Beechwood Lake – The reservoir has been stocked for the quickly approaching opening day on April 2nd. Ice fishing continues to proceed in full swing as anglers take advantage of the late ice fishing opportunities. Please note, the lake is open to fishing and is managed as a stocked trout water open to year around fishing, however trout are unable to be harvested until the opening day at 8:00 AM.

Tioga River – The Tioga River is prime for walleye fishing right now. Anglers are having success catching legal sized Walleye in the vicinity of the spillway. Most success has come from a boat using live minnows or white soft plastics. The flows are currently elevated at the spillway and throughout the river. Anglers are encouraged to use caution. Also, anglers please dispose of any and all legally harvested fish parts or entrails in a proper disposal unit. If you do take a canoe, kayak, or boat under 16 feet in length, by law you are required to wear a life jacket from November 1st to April 30th.

Clearfield County

West Branch of the Susquehanna River – High water levels have angling pressure to a minimum. Those who are currently fishing have been catching a few Walleye in slower pools off the main current. Night crawlers and shiners have been working well.

2022 Trout Season

Preseason trout stocking began in Clearfield County on February 23rd. If you are interested in participating in one of our stockings you will be able to find a stocking schedule online at www.Fishbandboat.com.

Parker Lake, Janesville Dam, Shagger’s Inn Pond, and Goss Run are now closed to fishing until the opening day of trout season. This closure excludes the March 26th Mentored Youth Trout Day for eligible anglers.

A list of Stocked Trout Waters Open to Year-Round Fishing along with other special regulation waters can be found in the 2022 summary guide or online at www.Fishandboat.com

Warmer weather is on its way but don’t be fooled by warmer air temperatures if attempting to go for a paddle. The waters will remain much cooler for an extended period which could cause cold water shock if a sudden immersion were to occur. Mandatory wear of a lifejacket is required through April 30th on all boats less than 16 feet in length.

Cameron & Elk Counties

March is here and Trout stocking is officially upon us!  The public is permitted to assist the PFBC with stocking efforts currently.  Stocking Trout can be a great experience for the whole family.  To find the stocking schedule and volunteer please visit this link:

Northeast

Carbon County

Ice anglers fishing Beltzville Lake during the past month have reported catching numerous perch measuring between 11-13 inches.  Most successful anglers were jigging a jig tipped with waxworms or minnow.  Hopefully, the perch action will remain as good as the ice disappears.  Ice anglers also had no problems finding and catching bluegills, as they were very active and abundant in the shallower depths of the lake. Striped Bass and walleye were also being caught by anglers using tip-ups baited with live minnow in the deeper depths of the lake.  Most of the ice fishing activity has occurred near the Preachers Camp access of the lake

Mauch Chunk Lake ice fishing activity had been most productive around the area of Boat Launch B.  Anglers were observed and reported good success catching pickerel, crappie, and bass using live minnows.

Although the weather temperature for the most part is still cold, the shoreline ice at Beltzville Lake and Mauch Chunk Lake is beginning to erode with the recent rain and warmer temperatures.  Ice conditions are not monitored on most lakes, and the ice thickness may not be the same throughout the lake making the ice very unpredictable.

Anglers are further reminded that the Stocked Trout waters, including the Pohopoco Creek, are now closed to fishing and remain closed until the opening day of the Trout Season on April 2 at 8:00 a.m.

South-central

Franklin/Fulton Counties-
Cowans Gap State Park Lake is “STOCKED TROUT WATERS” and was closed for all fishing on February 21st and re-opens on April 2nd at 8am.

Big Cove Creek – Fish are in abundance in the Delayed Harvest Section of Big Cove Creek, which has recently been stocked with the much larger Keystone Select fish.

Letterkenny Reservoir is “STOCKED TROUT WATERS” and was closed for fishing on February 21st and will re-open on April 2nd at 8am.

East Branch of Antietam Creek “FLY FISHING ONLY” was stocked from Route 16 to Welty Road and is ready to accommodate fly fisherman. No spinning rods can be used in this section, and no bait can be used or in possession.

Southeast

Northampton County

Adult trout stockings have begun here in the county in preparation for the statewide Mentored Youth Day and Opening Day. For those interested in coming out and assisting with a trout stocking, be sure to look up our meeting place and time online, or through the mobile app for the most up-to-date information as they do change for inclement weather.

For those looking to hit the streams, there are both Trophy Trout sections (Monocacy Creek section and Saucon Creek section), as well as the Catch and Release section of Bushkill Creek that remain open to fishing during this time. Additionally, the Delaware River provides plenty of fishing opportunities. It can truly be a “wild card” in that you never know what you will get.

Delaware County

Please join us in Delaware County for the Mentored Youth Fishing Day on March 26, 2022. All Stocked Trout Waters will be open to Mentored Youth Fishing from 8:00 AM through 7:00 PM.  Anglers 16 years of age or older (adult anglers) must possess a valid Pennsylvania fishing license and current trout/salmon permit and be accompanied by a youth (less than 16 years of age) who has obtained a Mentored Youth fishing permit or Voluntary Youth fishing license from the Commission.

Please be advised that although all Stocked Trout Waters will be open for fishing, only select waters will be stocked by that date.  Please check our website for the most up to date information regarding the waters that will be stocked prior to that date.

In Delaware County Ridley Creek – sections 2,3&5, the West Branch of Chester Creek, Chester Creek, Darby Creek, the Little Darby Creek, and Ithan Creek, will be stocked prior to Mentored Youth Fishing Day.

Philadelphia County and Southern Montgomery County

Please join us in the Philadelphia Area for the Mentored Youth Fishing Day on March 26, 2022 all Stocked Trout Waters will be open to Mentored Youth Fishing from 8:00 AM through 7:00 PM.  Anglers 16 years of age or older (adult anglers) must possess a valid Pennsylvania fishing license and current trout/salmon permit and be accompanied by a youth (less than 16 years of age) who has obtained a Mentored Youth fishing permit or Voluntary Youth fishing license from the Commission.

Please be advised that although all approved trout waters will be open for fishing, only select waters will be stocked by that date.  Please check our website for the most up to date information regarding the waters that will be stocked prior to that date.

In the Philadelphia /SE Montgomery County area Loch Alsh Reservoir, the Montgomery County section of the Wissahickon Creek (Fort Washington) and Pennypack Creek will be stocked prior to Mentored Youth Fishing Day.

North Lancaster County

Anglers are catching Walleye at Falmouth Access down by the boat launch in the Susquehanna River. This year artificial lures have shown to be the bait of choice for catching them.

If going out onto the river on boat some of the areas to watch out for are upstream from Falmouth.

Remember the level is high and some of the rocks are just below the surface of the water.

Fishing on the Susquehanna River reports are active with all fishing because the river did not overflow. Anglers are reporting nice size walleye being caught right at Falmouth Access where boaters launch at and bait may vary with this.

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