Four solid inches or more covered still waters through much of the region during record cold snaps in recent weeks, and ice fishing was productive in some areas. But temperatures expected to reach 45 degrees with rain this weekend could seriously degrade the ice. Extreme caution is recommended.
Lake Erie and tributaries (Erie County): Ice was 10 to 12 inches on Presque Isle Bay. But the air was extremely cold and windy and ice fishing was generally slow with many reports of small perch and few keepers, including bluegills, bass and perch, caught on live minnows.
Raccoon Lake (Beaver County): Anglers pulled trout through solid ice.
Bradys Run Lake (Beaver County): On good ice in the last week, anglers cashed in on a December trout stocking.
Glendale Lake (Cambria County): A 41-inch, 18-pound muskellunge was taken on a creek chub, and other anglers reported catches of perch and crappies. A Tyrone, Pa., ice fisherman pulled in a 27-inch walleye.
Lake Rowena (Cambria County): Trout of decent size were reported.
North Park Lake (Allegheny County): Ice anglers were wisely leaving their holes as temperatures began to rise Thursday.
Cross Creek, Canonsburg lakes (Washington County): Ice safety was uncertain as temperatures peaked and plummeted through January, but during the region’s latest brush with the polar vortex anglers were safely fishing on both lakes.
High Point Lake (Somerset County): On Jan. 19 the state Fish and Boat Commission reported 5 1/2 to 6 inches of clear ice with 3 inches of snow, and anglers pulled in northerns, pickerel, perch and largemouths. Rising temperatures this week were expected to soften the ice.
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