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

February 14, 2019

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:

Western Allegheny County

Have you ever wanted to be part of a premier conservation law enforcement organization?  Do you think you have what it takes to become a Waterways Conservation Officer?   Now's your chance.  The Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission Bureau of Law Enforcement is recruiting for the 22nd WCO Class and is seeking 20 of the most talented men and women in the Commonwealth to step up to the challenge.  More information and a link to apply can be found on our website but you have to act fast.  Applications will only be accepted until 2/19/19 and the class will begin later this summer.    

Come out to the Allegheny Outdoor, Sport and Travel Show February 15th through the 17th at the Monroeville Convention Center.   It's a great way to beat off cabin fever and plan for the fishing and boating season ahead.  PFBC Executive Director Tim Shaeffer will be speaking at 2pm on February 15th.  The Allegheny County Treasurer will be drawing a winner of a 10-year PA Fishing License directing following Tim Shaeffer's presentation. 

Make sure you buy your 2019 Fishing License before you toss that first line in of the year.  You never know who might be watching.  Multi-year licenses, trout stamps, combo trout and Erie permits and several new voluntary permits can be found here!


Indiana County

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Jim Tweardy, Yellow Creek State Park Manager, recently went out ice fishing with another angler.  They fished our habitat structures called the PA Brush Box.

These anglers were jigging with small jigs heads tipped with fatheads.  The Northern Pike and Largemouth Bass were caught on tip-ups with large shiners.  They were in about 15 feet of water and most of the activity was 1-2 feet from the bottom. 

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A map of these Yellow Creek Lake PA Brush Box habitats, as well as other fish habitats, can be found on our website or clicking here.

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The PA Brush Box habitats, pictured here just before placement, are marked with an orange star on the map. 

The PA Brush Bundles are a new structure type that PBFC recently started using. To create the structure, our volunteers basically take invasive Russian Olive and stuff it into the wooden box. These projects improve both the terrestrial and aquatic habitat. 


Somerset County

Cranberry Glade Lake - Ice anglers are catching some nice Northern Pike and Largemouth Bass.

Laurel Hill Lake - Anglers are catching some trout in the spillway.

Quemahoning Reservoir – Anglers are catching a few trout in the spillway.

High Point Lake – Ice anglers are catching large numbers of panfish, mostly Bluegill and Yellow Perch.  There has also been a recent turn on of crappie, with the biggest being 15 inches.  Anglers are also catching Chain Pickerel up to 26 inches in length, a few Northern Pike, Largemouth Bass, and catfish.  Anglers are catching the panfish using jigs tipped with wax worms and the Chain Pickerel, Northern Pike, and Largemouth Bass are hitting shiners.

Ice conditions are constantly changing with the weather so always check ice thickness before venturing out too far.


February 6, 2019

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:


Eastern Allegheny County

Deer Creek and Bull Creek are tentatively scheduled to be stocked March 1 and March 4, 2019 respectively.   For more information on stocking, including possible stocking changes, see the PFBC website.

Anglers are fishing on Deer Creek and Bull Creek.  Both have fishable stretches by the Allegheny River that attract a variety of species, especially when the Allegheny River begins to rise.

The Allegheny River should begin to rise with the forecasted rain and warm temperatures.  Anglers should use caution when around the river.

Anglers are reminded that no ice fishing is permitted at Deer Lakes due to Allegheny County regulations.


Armstrong County

The Army Corps of Engineers has closed most access roads to Crooked Creek Lake due to safety concerns. The road to the outflow of Crooked Creek Lake is currently open.

There is limited access available to shoreline fish on the Allegheny River. If anglers are choosing to attempt shoreline fishing, use extreme caution near the edge and be aware of possible pack ice movement.

Beaver County

With the cold snap in late January, Brady's Run Lake and Raccoon Lake

froze over enough for safe ice fishing. With warmer temperatures in early February, the ice fishing season here in the county may be short lived. 

The anglers that did get out on the two lakes in late January reported the same action of small panfish with an occasional trout here and there. Most of the fish were caught on a jig tipped with a maggot or waxworm. Minnows also landed a few fish.

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Phoenix, of Beaver Falls, did well catching panfish at
Raccoon Lake over the weekend.


Northern Fayette County and Southern Westmoreland County

Anglers at Twin Lakes are catching bass and trout on minnows.

Fishing has been slow at Mammoth Lake

Ice fishing pressure at Acme Dam and Green Lick Reservoir has been little to none.

Anglers are reminded that wearing a life jacket while ice fishing is always a good idea and could save your life!  Anglers are also reminded to dress appropriate for the temperatures and that ice conditions can change quickly.  Always check thickness when moving spots.  A good pair of ice awls and ice cleats are advised when heading out. 

Since panfish are often sought when ice fishing, anglers harvesting fish should review special regulations for waters with Panfish Enhancement designations.  Special regulation waters can be found on the PFBC website, mobile app, and 2019 summary book.  


Southern Fayette County

Anglers are catching trout and panfish at Dunlap Lake and Virgin Run Lake.


Indiana County

Anglers at Yellow Creek Lake were having luck this past week through the ice.  Anglers are catching Northern Pike along with a handful of sunfish and Bluegill.  Shiners and minnows seemed to work best. 


Southern Somerset County

Anglers are catching good numbers of Chain Pickerel, Largemouth Bass, Yellow Perch, and Northern Pike at High Point Lake.

Anglers are catching Northern Pike and Largemouth Bass using shiners and hotdogs at Cranberry Glade Lake.

Anglers at Indian Lake are catching nice-sized Yellow Perch using jigs and minnows.

Ice thickness has changed with the warmer weather we are experiencing this week. Always check for ice thickness before venturing out on hard water.

Anglers are catching trout at the Youghiogheny River tailrace since it never ices over. Silver spoons and live bait have been yielding trout lately.

Reports compiled by Miranda (Mandy) Smith (, Southwest Region Education Specialist, using information provided by Waterways Conservation Officers, Area Fisheries Managers and other PFBC staff.