Pennsylvania Fishing Report – January 28, 2021

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Northwest Region

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REMINDER: Mandatory Cold Weather Life Jacket Wear began on November 1, 2020 and runs through April 30, 2021 for anyone on boats less than 16 feet and in all canoes and kayaks.  Learn more here…
REMINDER: Once there is ice on the lakes, be sure to check the thickness and safety before venturing out on the ice. Ice should be clear to be safe, once it thaws, aerates and refreezes it loses its integrity.

REMINDER: Jaw Jackers and Automatic Fisherman Devices are prohibited for use. Interested individuals can find the relevant regulation here 58 Pa. Code § 63.6. Authorized devices for game fish, baitfish and fishbait.

Venango County

Allegheny River

Anglers are catching Walleye in the Reno pool.

Oil Creek

Water conditions remain largely fishable, and anglers (primarily fly enthusiasts) continued in their attempts throughout the Lower DHALO/Keystone Select section.

Kahle Lake

Anglers are catching Yellow Perch and Bluegill when ice conditions allow. PFBC facility users (IE: KAHLE LAKE) are both encouraged and lawfully permitted to moor valid and properly registered watercraft during the period of March 1 through November 30 within each calendar year. Watercraft that remain moored at PFBC facilities outside of the referenced lawful mooring period are subject to seizure and/or summary prosecution by the PFBC’s Bureau of Law Enforcement personnel.

Northeastern Region

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:

Lackawanna, Southwest Wayne & Southeast Susquehanna County

Ice conditions are improving and allowing anglers to venture on to Lackawanna Lake in Lackawanna State Park. Anglers have been having success for a variety of species, including sunfish, Largemouth Bass, crappie, and perch all while jigging. The hot area seems to be between the South Shore Boat Launch and the SR 407 Bridge.

Anglers are seeing continued success at Stillwater Reservoir, Clifford Township, for pickerel and Largemouth Bass. Minnows are the current bait of choice. Best of luck to all anglers who choose to brave the cold and remember to stay aware of changing weather conditions.

Pike & Wayne County

There are good ice fishing conditions on Shohola Marsh Reservoir, Long Pond in Dyberry/Clinton townships, Prompton Lake and Lake Wallenpaupack after a week of sub-freezing temperatures and snow flurries throughout the district. One angler reported catching 35 nice sized perch in Walt’s Cove on Lake Wallenpaupack.

Northcentral Region

Ice fishing is just around the corner.  Check out PA Fish and Boat Commission’s Ice/Winter Fishing Page for Ice Safety tips, Ice Fishing tips and more!

Tioga County

Lake Nessmuk

Anglers are currently having success fishing near the multiple man-made habitat structures found throughout the lake. These structures are holding multiple year classes of crappies. The daytime bite has proven to be consistent recently. Anglers are also catching nice sized Bluegill and Pumpkin Seeds closer to shore. Small tungsten jigs tipped with waxworms is the current bait of choice.

Note: Lake Nessmuk is currently managed as a Catch and Release Lake. This means that fishing is permitted on a catch and release/no harvest basis. For further questions please consult the 2021 summary guide or the mobile phone app FishBoatPA.

Jessica Matos
Jessica Matos recently participated in a virtual Women’s Introduction to Ice Fishing program offered by the PFBC. She decided to take some of skills learned from the program and had a successful trip to Tioga County. Nice job Jessica! Looks like a memorable trip out in the ice!
Jessica Matos

Centre County

Sayers Lake

Ice fishing is being observed in areas around Hunter Run Cut and East / West Launch cove. Most of the lake remains open water. Anglers have reported good catches of perch, crappie, and bluegill jigging with maggots. Anglers report early morning and late afternoon as the best bites. Anglers have been catching some perch and crappies on tip-up with minnows.

Black Moshannon Lake

Ice Fishing has been observed in all areas around the lake. Anglers have reported early morning bites to be the best with bluegills, red ear sunfish, perch and crappies being caught jigging in shallow weed beds. Jigs tipped with maggots or waxworms have been best. Additional catches of bass, pickerel and bowfin have also been reported. Tip-up with shiners have also been providing action.

Colyer Lake

Ice fishing has been observed around the lake in the past week. Anglers have been successful for crappie and bluegill in areas that underwater structure has been located. Perch and Bass have also been reported on tip-ups with minnows. Colyer Lake is catch and release for all species of fish and present time.

Poe Valley Lake

Ice fishing activity has been observed on Poe Valley lake. Trout have been reported and also crappie and some bass. Anglers have been successful jigging and with tip ups.

Note: All roads into Poe Valley Lake are forestry roads that do no receive winter maintenance. Please proceed with caution.

Clearfield County

West Branch of the Susquehanna

The river is currently in excellent shape. Many anglers are reporting a wide variety of species being caught at this time. Walleye, Tiger Muskie, and Trout are just a few that are being reported from Clearfield to Curwensville. Large weighted streamers have triggered aggressive eats from hungry Trout. Stickbaits continue to trigger the Walleye bite. If fly fishing, try using a “mono rig” in the deeper pools if you want to get your presentation down quickly. Weighted sculpin patterns with a slow yet erratic retrieval are currently working well throughout the river!

Moshannon State Forest

Ice fishing reports continue to get better and better. Anglers are reporting that most of the success is through actively jigging as opposed to using tip-ups. Keep your presentations small and don’t anticipate big aggressive strikes. Many have reported very subtle hits while monitoring their electronics. Please use extreme caution while out on the ice. Ice conditions are not monitored.

Southeastern Region

Northern Lancaster

Susquehanna River

Anglers are catching Walleye at Falmouth Access down by the boat launch. Anglers have been very successful using artificial lures. If going out onto the river by boat, watch out for the area upstream from Falmouth. The river level is high, and some of the rocks are hidden just below the surface.

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