|Central Allegheny County
North Park Lake is proving to be enormous fun this winter. Anglers are reporting ice thickness at 11 inches and catches of brown trout and crappie. Many families were out on Saturday and some were cooking hotdogs and drinking hot chocolate during their day of ice fishing at the lake.
Always check ice thickness when heading out to ice fish. A “float-coat” (a coat that acts as a personal floatation device) or other PFD is a good idea.
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Greene County and Southern Washington County
River fishing is extremely difficult due to ice conditions in tributary streams.
Lower portions of Ten Mile Creek are blocked by ice dams over six feet tall. Anglers who are able to find open water upstream are reporting small catch rates of panfish and bass on maggots and small jigs.
Local farm ponds are being fished with some success on small live baits. Be sure to get permission, wear any safety gear you have, and leave a message with someone of your location, before venturing out on the ice. Conditions are different all over the county with good ice in some areas and thin ice in others.
Southern Somerset County
Fishing catches are slow to none. Somerset County lakes have an ice thickness of at least a foot with a foot or two of snow. The snow and cold temperatures have resulted in a low turnout of anglers.
Anglers are catching mainly northern pike and chain pickerel at High Point Lake. Some largemouth bass and small bluegills and yellow perch are also being caught.
Anglers are reporting some nice size trout and Yellow Perch at Laurel Hill Lake.
Dakota Saylor, age 8, caught his first trout through the ice. The 11.75-inch rainbow trout was caught using a jigging rod baited with cheese. He was fishing with his mom, Jessica Hollada and stepdad at Laurel Hill Lake on 2/16/14.
Few anglers are fishing the Youghiogheny River from the outflow.
Those fishing Cranberry Glade Lake report that the fish are not biting.
Things may change with the forecast of warmer weather later this week which will hopefully turn on the bite and melt most of the snow.