District Fishing Report: 2.21.14

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The recent thaw caused soft ice throughout western Pennsylvania. Extreme caution is advised on the ice. With high temperatures nearing 50, the creeks were mostly clear and a few anglers had the creeks and the steelhead to themselves. Morning showers and a high of 43 was predicted for today, with temperatures dropping into the 20s over the weekend.

Lake Erie and tributaries (Erie County): Before the recent warming, much of Presque Isle Bay was covered with 18 inches of good ice. Mid-size perch and panfish were reported.

Sugar Lake (Crawford County): Crappies and bluegills were caught, but the bite was slow.

Woodcock Lake (Crawford County): Walleye and muskies were reported.

Lake Wilhelm (Mercer County): Some big panfish were reported, but most were small. Deeper water was better — anglers were concentrated between Launch 1 and the dam.

Justus Lake (Venango County): Conditions were good, but activity was hit or miss. Yellow perch and rainbow trout were taking mixed baits with most catches between the boat launch and beach.

Lake Arthur (Butler County): Bass and crappies continued to be caught on live bait.

North Park Lake (Allegheny County): Before the recent thaw, ice had reached 11 inches and many trout and crappies had been pulled through the ice. Maggot-tipped jigs and live minnows were hot.

High Point Lake (Somerset County): On Feb. 2, Art Barnes of Whitaker pulled a nice chain pickerel through the ice. Many anglers reported catches of northerns, largemouths, yellow perch, crappies and bluegills.

Laurel Hill Lake (Somerset County): Nice trout and perch were reported.

Cranberry Glade Lake (Somerset County): Poor fishing was reported.

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angler’s name, age (for children), place of residence, species, size, body of water, date of catch, phone number (not for publication) and optional details.

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