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


january 17, 2018

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 though the ice. Remember SAFETY FIRST: http://www.fishandboat.com/Boat/WaterandIceSafety/Pages/default.aspx
 
Northern Somerset County
Anglers are catching some trout and a few Bluegills through the ice at Laurel Hill Lake
Somerset Lake is closed to fishing.  All fish were salvaged and transported to other waterways.
The Quemahoning Reservoir is closed to ice fishing.  The reservoir is currently iced over; however, the tailrace is open and has minimal fishing pressure with a healthy fishery.
 
Washington County
Ice anglers are having luck fishing for trout at Canonsburg Lake at various locations throughout the lake.
Anglers at Cross Creek Lake are finding the fish not as eager to bite. Some lucky anglers were able to bring a few panfish through the ice using butter worms at Cross Creek.
 

january 10, 2018

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 though the ice. Remember SAFETY FIRST: http://www.fishandboat.com/Boat/WaterandIceSafety/Pages/default.aspx

Allegheny County
The recent cold snap and icy conditions on the Three Rivers have brought boating to a halt. That said, it’s a great time to inventory your safety equipment and make sure you have everything you need to keep you and your passengers safe.
Life jackets – these are the most important piece of safety equipment on your boat.  You need one properly fitted US Coast Guard approved wearable life jacket for each person on board.      
Type 4 Throwable PFD -   Is your boat 16 feet or longer?  If so you are required to have a throwable personal flotation device.  Make sure this is immediately available to the operator while underway.
Fire Extinguisher- All boats longer than 26 feet or that have closed compartments, permanently installed fuel tanks, closed living spaces or closed storage compartments in which flammable materials are stored are required to have a USCG approved serviceable fire extinguisher.  
Mechanical sound producing device-  All boats must have some means of producing an efficient sound signal.  Coaches whistles are acceptable as are the electric horn on your powerboat or an air horn.   
Remember that once the ice clears, and that first nice day hits, you are still required to wear your life jacket if your boat is less than 16 feet in length, or you are out in any canoe or kayak through April 30.
 
Beaver County
Anglers are doing well ice fishing at Raccoon Lake and Brady’s Run Lake.
Anglers fishing Brady’s Run Lake are catching Brown Trout and Brook Trout near the boat launch and near the windmill. Jigs tipped with waxworms or maggots are getting the job done. Small sized panfish are also biting. 
Anglers fishing Raccoon Lake are catching Rainbow Trout and some decent sized panfish. Minnows are working well at Raccoon Lake.
 
Fayette County and Southern Westmoreland County
Ice anglers are excited to use their equipment for the first time in years and are having success in many waters. 

Anglers are catching trout, panfish, and bass on jigs with live bait at
Twin Lakes. 
Mammoth Lake anglers are also catching trout on jigs with live bait. 
Acme Dam is producing nice sized sunfish and Yellow Perch on live bait. Waxworms and maggots seem to be catching the most fish. 
Ice anglers are catching good numbers of trout on Dunlap Lake and Virgin Run Lake, along with an occasional crappie and Bluegill. The bigger trout are being caught at Virgin Run Lake.
 
Greene County and Southern Washington County
Weather has been beneficial for area ice anglers.
Anglers report that Wisecarver Reservoir is active with many panfish being caught 20 yards off the spillway breast in 8-10 feet of water near a shelf drop off.
Some anglers fishing SGL 223 ponds have been successful with small waxworms and brightly colored jigs.
Anglers fishing Lake Wilma are reminded that ice fishing is not permitted. The lake is open to public use and fishing from the shoreline only. Anyone found on the lake surface may be charged with trespassing by local authorities. This includes swimming, boating, skating, fishing, etc.
Anglers are catching trout in North Fork Tenmile Creek near Marianna and South Fork Tenmile Creek near Pollock’s Mill in open water areas. Both areas are privately stocked, but open to the public where property owners permit. Areas open to the public are marked accordingly, but not confirmed by the PA Fish and Boat Commission. It strongly advised to contact the property owner prior to entering any unknown properties.

Indiana County
Anglers at Yellow Creek Lake are doing well on the ice.  Anglers report catches of Bluegill, crappie, and Largemouth Bass.  Anglers are using waxworms for bait.  are doing well on the ice.  Anglers report catches of Bluegill, crappie, and Largemouth Bass.  Anglers are using waxworms for bait. 
Blue Spruce Lake is yielding catches of trout, crappie, and Yellow Perch.  Anglers are using minnows for bait. 
 
Southern Somerset County
Anglers are catching Chain Pickerel, Largemouth Bass, some Yellow Perch and a few small sunfish at High Point Lake.
One Northern Pike up to 29 inches and two nice Largemouth Bass were caught through the ice at Cranberry Glade Lake. Both bass were over 16 inches.
Anglers are catching panfish and trout on Laurel Hill Lake.
Youghiogheny River Lake dam breast access has been closed this first week of 2018 and ice is on in the Braddock Cove and SR 40 bridge area.dam breast access has been closed this first week of 2018 and ice is on in the Braddock Cove and SR 40 bridge area.  
 
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