District Fishing Report: 2.7.14

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Good ice remains in the north and mountainous regions, and good ice fishing was reported in Clearfield, McKean and Centre counties. Soft, snow-covered ice was reported on some Southwestern Pennsylvania waters. Four inches is the minimum to safely support one person and gear.

Lake Erie and tributaries (Erie County): A solid foot of ice was reported on Presque Isle Bay, and live minnows remained the hot bait. Notable catches included 17 jumbo perch and a 20-inch trout off Liberty Park. Trout were pulled through the ice at the Fairview Gravel Pit, Lake Pleasant and Water Works Pond on Presque Isle. Steelhead catches were reported last week off the mouths of Trout Run and Walnut Creek. The nearly total freeze-up of last week ended and creeks were open, but few steelheaders were on the water. High temperatures were expected to range from 16 degrees to the low 20s with an increasing chance of snow through the weekend.

Pymatuning Reservoir (Crawford County): Nice walleyes, as well as crappies and yellow perch, were taken through the ice. Walleyes and panfish were caught on open water below the dam. The Pymatuning Lake Ice Fishing Tournament will be held Saturday. Call 724-927-9493 for details.

Conneaut Lake (Crawford County): Some nice bluegills were caught on tip-ups through 6-inch ice. Small pike were reported.

Canadhota Lake (Crawford County): Ice fishing catches of bluegills, perch and pike were reported. The Canadohta Lake Ice Fishing Tournament will be held Saturday. Call 814-882-8369 for details.

Lake Wilhelm (Mercer County): One angler pulled a dozen smallish bluegills and perch through 6 inches of ice using maggot-tipped jigs.

Shenango Lake (Mercer County): Ice was 6 inches. Smallish crappies and bluegills were reported at about 10 feet over brush.

Justus Lake (Venango County): Anglers reported panfish and trout taken through 6-8 inches of ice.

High Point Lake (Somerset County): Nice size pickerel and northerns were pulled through 9 inches of ice.

Spring Creek (Centre County): Few anglers were on the water, which was 30 degrees, slightly low and stained.

Report your catch at fishingreport@post-gazette.com. Include angler’s name, age (for children), place of residence, species, size, body of water, date of catch, phone number (not for publication) and optional details.

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