Ice covered many Western Pennsylvania waters, but anglers should demonstrate extreme caution before twisting that auger. As a rule of thumb, 4 inches of ice will support 200 pounds or one person, a 5-inch minimum is recommended for one snowmobile, and ice should be 7 inches thick to support a small group or 1,500 pounds. Don't walk on ice near anything protruding through the surface, or on ice covering moving water, including submerged springs. While on the ice hang safety ice picks around your neck, and tie a rope to a secure point on shore and extend it to the spot where you are fishing. Warmer weather is predicted. Be careful.
Lake Erie tributaries: Skim ice everywhere but fish were in the larger creeks. Some fly anglers struggled while others did well with nymphs and single egg patterns. Spinning rods and shiners were a winning combination. Recent rain resulted in increased flow, and temperatures were expected to rise into the 50s through the weekend.
Lake Wilhelm (Crawford County): The state Fish and Boat Commission and Goddard State Park will hold a Family Ice Fishing Program from 1-5 p.m. Jan. 26. Register at www.fishandboat.com.
North Park Lake (Allegheny County): Despite a covering of ice, the state Fish and Boat Commission cautioned that conditions "do not appear favorable at this time" for ice fishing.
Deer Lakes (Allegheny County): Ice fishing is prohibited at Deer Lakes. Some parts of the Middle and Lower lakes are free of ice and fishable.
Allegheny River (Allegheny County): A few smallmouths and walleyes were caught near the mouth of Deer Creek.
Glendale Lake (Cambria County): Bass, pickerel, bass, some walleyes and a 39-inch northern were pulled through the ice.
Duman Dam (Cambria County): Brown trout and pickerel were caught by ice fishermen.
Lake Rowena (Cambria County): Anglers fishing through the ice caught brown trout.
Cranberry Glade Lake (Somerset County): With ice 4-9 inches thick, fishing was slow but anglers released two northerns Saturday in the 30-inch range.
High Point Lake (Somerset County): Three to 6 inches. Saturday, anglers brought in good-size northerns, bass, panfish and perch using shiners and jigs. Valerie Worrall of Turtle Creek caught a 20-inch largemouth Jan. 5, and Katy Ringbloom of Murrysville caught a 23-inch walleye.
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