Pennsylvania Fishing Report – February 11, 2021

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Pennsylvania Fishing Report

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.

Erie County

Area Steelhead Streams

With the recent drop in temperature, the creeks are about 50 percent ice and soon to be frozen over in the next week or so with the temperature dropping more. Anglers are fishing on Elk Creek in the McKean area when they can find open water. Crooked Creek and Walnut Creek have been slow. If we get some good ice, the Basin at Walnut Creek Access Area and the Fairview Gravel pits should produce some fish.

Presque Isle Bay

Ice fishing is in full swing on Presque Isle Bay and will be getting better with thicker ice conditions. With the cold snap, ice is forming very nicely in the area. Ice anglers are entering the bay at Chestnut Street Launch, Vista 3 Parking Lot, Misery Bay, and Horseshoe Pond. Please use caution in any area to venture out and don’t assume the ice is good. Take a spud bar or staff with you to test the ice occasionally and never fish alone.

Forest County

Allegheny River

The Tionesta Pool is currently iced over, making fishing from boat and shore difficult.

Tionesta Outflow

Open water has provided anglers the opportunity to fish from the wall for Yellow Perch, Walleye, and Muskellunge. Anglers are reminded that they must have purchased a Trout Permit to fish in the Tionesta Outflow, regardless of fishing for or keeping trout.

Tionesta Lake

Tionesta Lake is frozen; however, ice conditions are not monitored by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers or the PA Fish and Boat Commission. Anglers are fishing near Johns Run Bay and near the dam.

Mercer County

Lake Wilhelm

Ice anglers are catching crappie, Bluegill, and Yellow Perch near launch 1 and 2. Ice anglers are catching Largemouth Bass near launch 3 and the old launch 3. Ice anglers are catching Bluegill near the log jam and stumps. When on the ice, the PFBC recommends a float suit or PFD and ice awls.

Venango County

Allegheny River

Anglers are catching Walleye throughout the stretch of the river in Venango County.

Justus Lake

Ice anglers are catching Bluegill, Yellow Perch, and trout towards the dam from the lower launch.

Kahle Lake

Anglers are reminded that Kahle Lake is governed under Big Bass Regulations.

Oil Creek

Water conditions remain largely fishable, and anglers (primarily fly enthusiasts) can be found, in limited numbers, scattered throughout the Lower DHALO/Keystone Select section.

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:

Southern Pike and Monroe Counties

Anglers, fishing the smaller local impoundments, continue having moderate success catching panfish, pickerel and Largemouth Bass on natural bait.

Northcentral Region

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

Snyder, Union, and Montour Counties

Ice fishing on Walker, Faylor, Halfway, and Lake Chillisquaque is in full swing. Please remember to proceed with caution. Ice conditions are not monitored by the PFBC. Please use a spud bar to check the ice when traveling to new areas. Wear a flotation device like a float coat or life jacket and have your ice picks readily available. Remember to wear layers and dress warmly for the upcoming cold temperatures. Faylor Lake is currently producing some dinner plate size crappie. Jigs and live minnows are currently working well. It is a good idea to mix things up and try smaller profiles with wax worms or even artificial plastics.

Tioga County

Cowanesque Lake

Crappie fishing has been excellent through the ice. Anglers are reporting a good catch rate of White Crappie through the ice in about 20-25’ of water over woody debris. Wax worms are the bait of choice. Cowanesque Lake also offers ice anglers an opportunity at catching a Tiger Musky through the ice. Ice conditions are not monitored by the PFBC.

Kelsey Creek Lake

The lake is experiencing minimal fishing pressure; however, anglers are catching bluegill using soft plastics and wax worms at any depth through the ice. Tip-ups are working well for anglers using a small live fathead on a treble hook.

Hamilton Lake

Parking lot conditions are poor. Please use extreme caution when in the parking area. Anglers are catching stocked Trout along the eastern shoreline in 8-15 feet of water. Anglers are catching them suspended throughout the entire water column.

Southeastern Region

Lehigh County

Anglers are catching trout in the Fly Fishing Only section of the Little Lehigh Creek on assorted nymphs and smaller streamers.

As a continued reminder, mandatory cold weather personal flotation device wear remains in effect.  Visit our website at for more details.

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