District Fishing Report: 1.17.14

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Lake Erie and tributaries (Erie County): Sub-freezing temperatures and slushy morning waters were reported by the few anglers fishing the tribs, but by afternoon much of the ice had cleared. Iced-over rod guides continued to be a problem, but hookups on nymphs were reported on Elk Creek.

Chapman Lake (Warren County): In mid-December the state Fish and Boat Commission stocked mature brook trout. An ice fishing derby will be held Saturday as part of the annual Chapman State Park Winterfest.

Allegheny River (McKean County): Anglers reported landing 14 northern pike, with two larger than 30 inches.

Kinzua Reservoir (Warren, McKean counties): Walleye catches were reported near Willow Bay and Webbs Ferry in this 26,541-acre U.S. Army Corps of Engineers flood-control dam on the upper Allegheny River.

Woodcock Lake (Crawford County): Walleye and muskies were caught downstream from the dam.

Allegheny River (Forest County): Muskies and northerns were taken, and anglers landed walleye near Tionesta.

Raccoon Lake (Beaver County): Fish and Boat will hold an ice fishing workshop Feb. 1.

Monongahela River (Greene, Washington counties): Despite difficult fishing conditions, panfish took reflective baits near Point Marion and Greensboro.

High Point Lake (Somerset County): Before the recent warming and rains, anglers reported 8 inches of ice. Catches included yellow perch up to 13 inches, crappies more than 15 inches, largemouth up to 19 inches, chain pickerel as large as 25 inches and northerns 25 and 26 inches.

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angler’s name, age (for children), place of residence, species, size, body of water, date of catch, phone number (not for publication) and optional details.

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