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


FEBRUARY 22, 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 Armstrong County
Anglers and boaters should take this unseasonably warm weather as an awesome opportunity to go out and enjoy the waterways. Notable fishing opportunities are occurring on Buffalo Creek in the Delayed Harvest Artificial Lures Only (DHALO) area and the Allegheny River near the Rosston Access for Muskellunge fishing.
People looking for canoe and kayak opportunities should try Crooked Creek Lake or the Allegheny River at the Cowanshannok Boat Access. As a reminder we are still in the mandatory cold weather life jacket regulation period. Even though the air temperatures may feel warm the water temperatures certainly are not!

Indiana County
 
With the recent break in the weather, anglers report catching many panfish at Yellow Creek Lake. Anglers are also catching Largemouth Bass and Northern Pike on occasion.
Anglers are also taking advantage of the warmer weather at Two-Lick Reservoir, where they are catching pickerel and Rainbow Trout off of Allen Bridge Road. 
 

FEBRUARY 15, 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 weather this winter has definitely been a bit of a roller coaster here in Pittsburgh.  We have seen everything from snow to rain to ice to highs brushing 60.  This WCO is ready for more of the 60 degree days and the start of trout season!

The 2017 Stocking Schedule for Allegheny County can be found here http://fbweb.pa.gov/stocking/TroutStockingDetails_GIS.aspx

Your help is needed starting on March 1 to stock Big Sewickley Creek and the North Fork of Big Sewickley.  Come out and meet the truck off I-79 at the Wexford Exit.   We will be in the parking lot of the gas station just west of the interchange.   We roll out at 12:30 sharp so please plan on being there by noon.  

Once we start putting fish in the water, it’s only a few short weeks to opening day, so now is a great time to buy your fishing license and trout permit for 2017.    While you are at it, consider taking part in the Mentored Youth Fishing Day!  It’s a great opportunity to get a new angler out and catch some trout without the crowds and bustle of opening day.  

To participate in the Mentored Youth Fishing Day, anglers 16 years of age or older (adult anglers) must possess a valid Pennsylvania Fishing License and be accompanied by a youth (less than 16 years of age) who has obtained a Mentored Youth Fishing Permit or Voluntary Youth Fishing License from the Commission. While mentors will be permitted to fish for trout, they are not permitted to harvest trout and must release them unharmed.

Youth anglers must obtain a Mentored Youth Fishing Permit or Voluntary Youth Fishing License from the Commission and be accompanied by an adult licensed angler in order to participate. Youth may harvest up to two trout (combined species) with a minimum size of 7 inches. All other Commonwealth Inland Water regulations apply.  Mentored Youth Day here in the Southwest is April 8, 2017 from 8:00am to 7:30pm.   Remember that streams designated as Trout Stocked Waters are closed to all fishing from March 1 to the opening day.  

   


 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.