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SW REGION REPORTS

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


February 24, 2021


Mandatory Life Jacket Requirement 

Beginning on November 1 and lasting through April 30, boaters are required to wear a U.S. Coast Guard approved life jacket at all times while underway or at anchor on boats less than 16 feet in length or on any kayak, canoe, or paddleboard.  The requirement applies to all Pennsylvania waters.


Reminder: The PFBC does not monitor ice thickness.  Ice thickness and conditions can vary greatly across a 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.asp


IMPORTANT CHANGES TO THE 2021 TROUT SEASON: 

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Western Armstrong County 


Anglers are catching Northern Pike under the ice in the coves along the Allegheny River 


Trout are being stocked throughout Armstrong County and anglers are taking advantage of the Delayed Harvest Artificial Lures Only section of Buffalo CreekBreaks in the ice have allowed anglers to catch and release beautiful trout from the Keystone Select Stocked Trout program. 

 


Greene County and Southern Washington County 


Ice conditions have been favorable on area lakes and ponds.  


Many anglers are reporting good numbers of Bluegill and Black Crappie on several PA Game Commission ponds near SGL 223.  


Wisecarver Reservoir has shown good potential for Largemouth Bass through the ice as well. 


Anglers are strongly encouraged to monitor ice thickness and be prepared with an emergency plan. Let someone know that you are out on the ice and where you are going. Ice conditions can change rapidly in our area during this time of year. 


Trout stocking is upon us, with several stockings being delayed due to limited access to the streams with heavy snow drifts and icy conditions. Be sure to monitor www.fishandboat.com for up to date stocking lists and locations.  


A reminder to all anglers that a temporary change has been made closing all Stocked Trout Waters as of February 15th. An additional temporary change has been made making all Stocked Trout water impoundments (lakes) open to fishing under the Stocked Trout Waters Open to Year-Round Fishing program. This means catch and release only for trout until the statewide opener on April 3, 2021 (with the exception of those taking part in the Mentored Youth Trout Day on March 27, 2021). 

 


Washington County 


The lakes and reservoirs have ice.  


Cross Creek Lake and Peters Lake ice anglers are catching crappie and Bluegills with the occasional Yellow Perch.  


Dutch Fork Lake and Canonsburg Lake ice anglers are catching a large number of trout left over from the fall stocking.  


With the warmer weather coming soon, be sure to check the thickness of the ice before you venture out to try your luck at catching a fish.  


The outflow below the dam of Canonsburg Lake and ALL Stocked Trout Waters (except Special Regulation areas, lakes, and reservoirs are CLOSED to fishing from February 15 until the opening day of trout season, April 3, 2021 

Remember, if you plan on heading out on the ice or just wading the streams this time of year, make sure that you are vigilant of where you are walking. The water is super cold now. Be safe out there & FISH ON!!!! 

 


Northern Westmoreland County 


Ice fishing season has finally come to Westmoreland County. We have had limited opportunities to ice fish in the district in the past couple of years due to warmer temperatures and the ice not freezing thick enough.  

 

Keystone Lake and Northmoreland Lake are being fished by numerous anglers. Anglers are reporting various thicknesses across the lakes and are avoiding some areas. Keystone Lake was just stocked with trout and various species are being caught.  


Please note that a change has gone in effect since the summary book was printed. Anglers are not allowed to harvest trout after February 15th this year.

 

On Loyalhanna Creek, the Keystone Select Stocked Trout section of the stream just received its pre-season stocking. Fish were stocked between Two Mile Run Road and the Route 711 Bridge. This section is closed to harvest this time of year and is limited to artificial lures only. Scented plastic worms are allowed to be used in this area. 

 



 February 17, 2021

 

Mandatory Life Jacket Requirement 

Beginning on November 1 and lasting through April 30, boaters are required to wear a U.S. Coast Guard approved life jacket at all times while underway or at anchor on boats less than 16 feet in length or on any kayak, canoe, or paddleboard.  The requirement applies to all Pennsylvania waters.


Reminder: The PFBC does not monitor ice thickness.  Ice thickness and conditions can vary greatly across a 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

 

IMPORTANT CHANGES TO THE 2021 TROUT SEASON: 

Click Here



Northern Somerset County 


The Quemahoning Reservoir is closed to ice fishing. Anglers are fishing the tailrace and catching some trout. 


Anglers are catching trout and crappie at Laurel Hill Lake. 


Anglers are catching some nice Northern Pike and Largemouth Bass at 
Cranberry Glade Lake. 





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