Ice fishing is in full swing and producing fish. Anglers report catches of bluegills in nice numbers pretty much every day. People are also setting up tip-up fields targeting northern pike and have seen very nice pike coming off the lake and many smaller ones being caught and put back.
Fish catches have been hot and cold all winter. Walleyes were being caught off Westford but have now stopped. Crappies were being caught off Debow Launch but have now stopped. Perch were being caught off of Red Cross and also have now stopped. Manning, Tuttle Beach, and Tuttle Point have been slow all year. If you find fish keep on them because history shows that they will be hot for a little while and then just stop. Keep looking and if you find them keep on them.
Brian Crawford, of Cooperstown, PA caught this nice northern pike while ice fishing on Conneaut Lake recently
Approximately 12” of ice now covers Justus Lake. Angling activity is increasing. Highest areas of angler concentration are along the east side of the lake across from the boat launch through the swim area and adjacent cove. Catches have become sporadic. Catches of yellow perch and rainbow trout continue. Hook-ups are occurring on a mixed bag of baits and wax worms continue to produce.
Approximately 12” of ice now covers Kahle Lake. Although catches have slowed over the last two weeks, yellow perch, bluegill, and largemouth bass continue to be caught. For perch and bluegill— minnows on jigs and jigs tipped with wax worms have produced hook-ups. For bass, shiners continue to be a top producer. Anglers are reminded that Kahle Lake is governed under Big Bass Regulations.
The Allegheny River contains heavy concentrations of ice throughout the county’s length, yet pockets of open water exist. The AP wire photos below indicate the extent of the dangerous conditions which the ice is causing locally. Risks of flooding and dangerous travel conditions are high.
OIL CREEK ICE JAM (CENTER STREET), UPSTREAM OF CONFLUENCE WITH ALLEGHENY RIVER
ICE LEVEE ADJACENT ROADWAY, IN ROCKMERE, UPRIVER OF OIL CITY
VENANGO COUNTY TROUT STOCKING FOR 2014
Trout stocking in Venango County begins on March 10th. Individuals wishing to attend are urged to reference the 2014 TROUT STOCKING SCHEDULE link found on the agency’s home page, at www.fishandboat.com, in order to verify the appropriate date and time of your favorite Venango County stream(s).
OIL CREEK CHAPTER OF TROUT UNLIMITED 2014 BANQUET
The 31st annual Oil Creek Chapter of Trout Unlimited banquet will be held Saturday, April 5th, 2014, at the Quality Inn in Franklin, Pennsylvania (16323). For information contact Mr. Tom Young—OCTU’s Banquet Chairman, either by calling (814) 437-5550 or email email@example.com. The chapter’s website address is www.oilcreektu.org and the chapter’s general email address is firstname.lastname@example.org.