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REGION COUNTIES -- Allegheny, Armstrong, Beaver, Cambria, Fayette, Greene, Indiana, Somerset, Washington, Westmoreland (County Guide)


january 17, 2017

Reminder: The PFBC does not monitor ice thickness.  Ice thickness and conditions can vary greatly across the lake. Use caution as you head out onto the ice. A life jacket and a set of ice awls can be extremely important if you fall through the ice. Remember SAFETY FIRST: http://www.fishandboat.com/Boat/WaterandIceSafety/Pages/default.aspx

Western Allegheny County
 
The 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.  
 
To 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 Pittsburgh.  
 
Trout season will be here so stay tuned for opportunities to help stock your favorite fishing hole.
 

Cambria County
 
Ice anglers are catching Northern Pike, Yellow Perch, and Chain Pickerel at Glendale Lake.
             
Trout are being caught at Lake Rowena and Duman Lake.
 

january 11, 2017

Reminder: The PFBC does not monitor ice thickness.  Ice thickness and conditions can vary greatly across the lake. Use caution as you head out onto the ice. A life jacket and a set of ice awls can be extremely important if you fall through the ice. Remember SAFETY FIRST: http://www.fishandboat.com/Boat/WaterandIceSafety/Pages/default.aspx

Eastern Allegheny County
When fishable, the Allegheny River has been giving up a few Walleye.  Minnows are the bait of choice. 
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.
 
Washington County
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.
Cross Creek Lake is producing crappie. The best depth has been 7-10 feet down, fishing live and artificial baits very slowly.
Occasionally trout are still being caught at Canonsburg Lake and Dutch Fork Lake.
The Monongahela River has remained high and muddy for many weeks.
 
Northern Westmoreland County
As of January 10, 2017, Northmoreland Lake and and Keystone Lake had ice and some anglers are reporting good catch rates.
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.
High 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. 
High 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 ups.
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 (mirsmith@pa.gov), Southwest Region Education Specialist, using information provided by Waterways Conservation Officers, Area Fisheries Managers and other PFBC staff.