SW Region Reports
REGION COUNTIES -- Allegheny, Armstrong, Beaver, Cambria, Fayette, Greene, Indiana, Somerset, Washington, Westmoreland (County Guide)
january 17, 2017
Ohio River has been high and muddy lately,
creating some pretty tough conditions. If you choose to venture out,
make sure all of your required safety equipment is in place and please wear
your life jacket. All persons in canoes, kayaks, and boats under 16
feet are required to wear a life jacket from November 1 through April
30. For all other boaters it is just good common sense, as a life
jacket could potentially save your life.
help shake off the winter blues, come on out for the last weekend of the Pittsburgh
Boat Show January 20-22, 2017 at the Monroeville Convention Center. If
you are busy this weekend, try the Pittsburgh Tri-State Outdoor Show January 27
-29, 2017 at the David Lawrence Convention Center in downtown
season will be here so stay tuned for opportunities to help stock your favorite
anglers are catching Northern Pike, Yellow Perch, and Chain Pickerel at Glendale Lake.
january 11, 2017
Eastern Allegheny County
When fishable, the Allegheny
River has been giving up a few Walleye. Minnows are the bait of
Deer Lakes are frozen over again, as of January 10, 2017.
Ice fishing is not permitted there.
District streams are fishable.
A very few pleasure boats have been out recently.
Boaters are urged to use extreme caution at this time of year. Cold
water, ice flows and freezing temperatures are things to be aware of and
respect. ALWAYS wear your life jacket when boating.
Even with the extreme temperatures some anglers have been
able to find fishing success throughout the area. Ice anglers have remained
disappointed with the lack of ice so far this season. Those that are willing to
brave the cold and fish open water are being rewarded with a few fish.
Creek Lake is producing crappie. The best depth has been 7-10 feet
down, fishing live and artificial baits very slowly.
River has remained high and muddy for many weeks.
Northern Westmoreland County
An angler at Keystone Lake reported that the lake has a
lot of variation of ice thickness this year. The ice is not expected to last past Thursday
due warm temperatures and forecasted heavy rain. Anglers were using mealworms
and catching good numbers of Rainbow Trout, as well as a few perch. For a
guideline on ice thickness visit http://www.fishandboat.com/Boat/WaterandIceSafety/Documents/ice_thickness.pdf.
Southern Somerset County
Ice on, ice off.
Point Lake had
ice before the Christmas holidays but went to open water by the New Year’s Day holiday.
It iced over afterwards but with this week’s forecast of rain and warm
temperatures we may be back to open water.
Point Lake is
the only lake where reports of anglers ice fishing catching have been good for
early ice. Anglers are mostly catching panfish - Yellow Perch, crappie,
and small sunfish. A nice Largemouth Bass, reported at over 5 pounds, was
caught and released. All fish were caught on minnows or shiners from tip
The Youghiogheny River
outflow area has seen little pressure from anglers but the ones there are
catching some nice size Brown Trout and Rainbow Trout.
Reports compiled by Miranda (Mandy) Smith (firstname.lastname@example.org), Southwest Region Education Specialist, using information provided by Waterways Conservation Officers, Area Fisheries Managers and other PFBC staff.