Anglers were catching some crappies and Bluegill before the lake began to ice over.
Piney Dam and the Upper Clarion River
Anglers were catching a few Yellow Perch and Walleye before the impoundment began to ice over.
Anglers are catching a few Muskellunge, Northern Pike, and Walleye from Emlenton to Parker.
Woodcock Creek Lake
Lake has been drawn down for winter.
Woodcock Creek (Below the dam)
Anglers are catching a few Walleye, Bowfin, and Muskellunge.
The driveway at the PFBC access in Cambridge Springs has been repaired so please keep off the grass.
Anglers are catching Muskellunge and Walleye. The lake is drawn down for the winter.
The lake is open to hunters, boaters, and anglers. Remember to have all required safety equipment and proper registration if going out on a boat, canoe, or kayak. Anglers remember the lake is still listed as catch and release only.
Eastern Erie Steelhead Tributaries
The Steelhead fishing is tough. The streams are both very low and clear or they are high and muddy. 16 and 12 Mile will come down after a rain event quicker than 20 Mile. The fly anglers seem to be doing the best.
Western Erie Steelhead Tributaries
Anglers are catching Steelhead in Elk Creek due to the recent run of fresh Steelhead. The Mouth of Elk Creek has been a hot spot as of late, but the entire creek is good all the way to Mckean. Crooked Creek has remained steady as well. Walnut Creek has been good South of Manchester Bridge up to the falls.
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: https://www.fishandboat.com/Fish/Fishing/Pages/IceWinterFishing.aspx
Ice fishing Is heating up at Tobyhanna Lake in Tobyhanna State Park and Brady’s Lake on State Game Lands 127. Both lakes are at approximately 4.5-5.5 inches of ice on a regular basis. People are catching mostly yellow perch and chain pickerel along with some nice Smallmouth Bass. A 22” Smallmouth Bass was pulled out of Tobyhanna Lake on December 29 using live bait.
Wayne & Pike County
While the northeastern end of the Lake Wallenpaupack is still waiting for its first solid freeze, the Southwestern end (by Ledgedale), has had solid ice for a few weeks now. Fisherman have been few and far between, however the ones who are out seem to have luck, mostly with live bait, catching mainly chain pickerel, yellow perch and a few Smallmouth Bass.
Southern Pike and Northeastern Monroe Counties
Anglers have been fishing the smaller impoundments throughout the district and are having below average luck catching panfish and pickerel using natural bait. Anglers should take care venturing out onto any frozen waterway as ice conditions vary greatly depending upon elevation.
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!
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.
Hills Creek Lake
The ice season is in full swing, and a high number of anglersare currently taking advantage of the ice fishing season. All parking areas are currently maintined and access is very good around the entire lake. The bait of choice is currently wax worms, fished on a jig size 5 mm, with a size 12 hook. Bluegills are being caught in 8-10 feet of water in the stumps region of the lake, and Largemouth Bass are also being caught using live minnows under tip ups in 3-6 feet of water.
Currently the temperature is in the low 40’s and the color is perfect for fishing. The creek is still maintaining a good flow so anglers should continue to use caution when wading. Anglers are having consistent success on both nymphs and streamers. Big stoneflies are working great when fished in the tail outs of large pools and in the pocket water as well. Sculpin imitations are working great when fished slowly through the water column.
Southern Bucks County
Don’t forget to pick up a new 2021 Summary Guide and review it for any changes when you buy your license. The Summary Guide is also available for download and print at our website: https://www.fishinpa.com/.
With temperatures going down over the course of this month, ice might begin to form. If you plan on going on an ice fishing trip, please review the safety tips on our website, as well as the local weather conditions and tips for your destination.
As a reminder, the mandatory cold weather PFD wear took effect on November 1st, 2020 and will continue in effect until April 30th, 2021.
Boaters must wear a life jacket on boats less than 16 feet in length and on all paddlecraft including canoes, kayaks, and paddleboards.
Always plan and make sure your mandatory safety gear is on board and in serviceable condition. Check that your United States Coast Guard approved PFD is in good, serviceable condition as well.
For more details, visit our site at fishandboat.com/Boat/WaterandIceSafety/Pages/default.aspx .