Lake Erie tributaries (Erie County): A warm spell melted snow and ice early in the week, increasing flow and moving steelhead in the western tributaries, particularly lower Elk and Walnut creeks. High catch rates were noted on the middle section of Elk. The state Fish and Boat Commission reports that hundreds of adult steelhead were stocked by the Fairview Hatchery on Walnut Creek (Walnut Creek Access Area), Crooked Creek (Glosky Road), East Branch Conneaut Creek (Albion Fair Grounds) Mill Creek (Ore Dock Road) and Four Mile Creek adjacent to the General Electric plant. A cold front is expected to drop temperatures to around 20 degrees by Sunday. Presque Isle's Upper Gravel Pit and Basin Ponds were recently stocked with browns and designated Approved Trout Waters Open to Year-Round Fishing (no trout may be taken or possessed March 1 to the statewide opening day of trout season).
Canadohta Lake (Crawford County): The Feb. 9 ice fishing tournament has been rescheduled for Feb. 23 because of thin ice conditions.
Woodcock Lake (Crawford County): Some panfish were pulled through the ice, and catches of walleyes were reported below the dam.
Sugar Lake (Crawford County): Good fishing on solid ice, with bluegills, crappies and perch caught on minnows or maggot-tipped jigs.
Justus Lake (Venango County): Also known as Two Mile Run Reservoir, the lake was designated Approved Trout Waters Open to Year-Round Fishing. Check Pennsylvania Fishing Summary for regulation details.
Clarion River (Clarion County): Several muskellunge and northern pike were taken, as well as bass and walleyes. The confluence with the Allegheny River was productive.
Piney Dam (Clarion County): Catches of walleyes and perch were reported.
Allegheny River (Clarion County): Anglers targeting the mouths of tributaries including Redbank Creek caught walleyes, pike and muskies.
Lake Arthur (Butler County): Ice was uneven and risky, but anglers reported good catches of bass and panfish.
Harbor Acres Lake (Butler County): Minnow-tipped jigs were productive on brown and brook trout recently stocked by the state. Large brood stock brookies were planted as well.
Bradys Run Lake (Beaver County): Lots of trout, pulled through the ice over the weekend, were caught on minnows or jigs tipped with maggots or waxworms, but warm weather early in the week left soft, unsafe ice.
Raccoon Lake (Beaver County): Ice anglers using brightly colored jigs benefited from a state stocking of rainbows Feb. 11.
Allegheny River (Allegheny County): Walleye activity near Sharpsburg was dampened mid-week by high, muddy water.
North Park Lake (Allegheny County): Ice that was solid over the weekend thinned to unsafe levels by midweek. The state stocked rainbows Feb. 13 and trout-fishing is legal through February, then closes until the statewide opening day of trout season.
Lake Rowena, Duman Dam (Cambria County): The state stocked rainbow trout Feb. 13. Waters were recently designated Approved Trout Waters Open to Year-Round Fishing (check details).
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First Published February 15, 2013 12:00 AM