Unusual weather has resulted in 50-degree ice fishing and sub-freezing soft ice. Remember that 4 inches of solid ice is needed to support one adult. Ice anglers are reminded that trout must be immediately released on waters designated Approved Trout Waters Open To Year-Round Fishing — visit www.fish.state.pa.us for details. Southwest Pennsylvania trout stocking schedules are published by county Tuesdays through Fridays in Sports.
Lake Erie and tributaries (Erie County): Presque Isle Bay remained covered with solid ice. Good-size yellow perch, crappies and other panfish were caught in Misery Bay. Steelhead were active in open water off the mouth of Trout Run. Ice covered streams east and west of the peninsula, with portions of Sixteenmile Creek open.
Tionesta Lake (Forest County): Perch and crappies were pulled through good ice near the main boat launch.
Lake Arthur (Butler County): One angler reported 18 inches of ice. Panfish and bass catches slowed, but ice fishing was effective off small peninsulas and maggot-tipped jigs or minnows were the hot baits.
Harbar Acres Lake (Butler County): Slow, steady trout catches were reported on this Approved Trout Waters Open To Year-Round Fishing lake.
North Park Lake (Allegheny County): In the days before the current cold snap ice was solid but melting fast. It’s catch and release trout fishing only in this Approved Trout Waters Open To Year-Round Fishing lake.
Allegheny River (Allegheny County): Ice anglers reported a 43-inch muskie was caught in a back channel.
Deer Creek (Allegheny County): Trout were caught and released at the Delayed Harvest Artificial Lures Only section.
Twin Lakes (Westmoreland County): Anglers in light jackets enjoyed an unusually warm day of ice fishing Saturday, while shore anglers found no open water. Trout fishing is catch and release only on this Approved Trout Waters Open To Year-Round Fishing lake.
Glendale Lake (Cambria County): An angler reported pulling a 34-inch northern through the ice.
Vacation fishing report: Dawn Smith of South Park caught a 17-pound peacock bass while fishing the Agua Boa River in Brazil. Her father caught a 19-pound peacock bass.
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