Pennsylvania Fishing Report – February 25, 2021

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.

Mercer County

Shenango Reservoir

Ice anglers are catching panfish at the local areas. Avoid venturing out on the ice alone. A reminder that Shenango Reservoir is now designated as a Panfish Enhancement Lake. Crappie must be nine inches to harvest and the creel limit is 20.

Shenango River

The Shenango fish consumption advisory is still in effect until further notice.

Basic Boating Course

It may not seem like it now, but Spring boating season is right around the corner. Check out for Boating Safety Courses in your area.

Trout Stocked Waters

Trout Stocked Water streams throughout the state are now closed for the stocking of trout in preparation for the statewide opening day on April 3rd. Impoundments will continue to be open on a catch and release basis for trout.

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:

For the 2021 trout season, the PFBC will operate under a consolidated statewide schedule for all counties. Under this revised plan, a single Statewide Mentored Youth Trout Day will occur on Saturday, March 27, and a single Statewide Opening Day of trout season will take place on Saturday, April 3.

Pre-season trout stocking operations started on February 15, 2021, approximately two weeks earlier than in previous seasons. Due to this change, all streams that are designated as Stocked Trout Waters will be closed to angling when stocking began on February 15.

The 2021 Stocking Schedule is published and can be found here:

Don’t forget to purchase your new fishing license for 2021! Get your 2021 Fishing Licenses HERE.

The Mandatory Cold Weather Life Jacket Wear is now in effect and runs from November 1st through April 30th. You must wear a Coast Guard approved personal flotation device while underway or at anchor on boats less than 16 feet in length and any canoe or kayak.

Lackawanna, Southwest Wayne, & Southeast Susquehanna Counties

Ice conditions have been ideal for ice fishing at Lackawanna State Park. Anglers are having success by jigging for panfish and have had the occasional Largemouth or trout hit on jigs as well. Stillwater Reservoir has continued to produce some nice largemouth bass and pickerel.

Anglers are reminded that all trout stocked ponds, lakes, and reservoirs are now open to year-round fishing. However, trout are currently under the No Harvest period, effective February 15th in all waters of the Commonwealth.

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!

Centre County

Sayers Lake

Ice fishing is still in full swing. Anglers are being observed in areas of East / West Launch Cove, Hunter Run Cut, Main Lake just off the Cut, Summer Winter Launch on the Main Lake, and Beach Area. Anglers are catching nice size perch in the main lake off Summer / Winter Launch. Jigging with maggots or waxworms his currently the most effective technique. Anglers are doing well in Hunter Run Cut and East / West Launch cove for Bluegills and Crappies. ACOE have been releasing water in anticipation of snow melt. The edges at the shoreline are weak in some areas. Anglers should remain aware.

Black Moshannon Lake

Angler pressure has been light recently. Those fishing are reporting Sunfish, Yellow Perch, and Crappies in weed beds in about 4-6 feet of water. Anglers jigging small tungsten jigs or small lures are having success. Reports of Bass, Pickerel, and Yellow Perch on tip ups with minnows also proving to be effective.

Colyer Lake

Anglers have been reporting catching sunfish / crappies while jigging around structure. Maggots, waxworms, and minnows are all currently working well.

Lycoming County

Rose Valley Lake

Ice fishing is still in full swing up at Rose Valley; the ice thickness about 10-12 inches varying in the different areas of the lake. Anglers are currently utilizing live minnows and tip-ups to target Pickerel. Please be mindful of other angler ice holes throughout the ice when traveling to new locations. The recent snowfall has covered up a lot of these holes making them a potential hazard when walking.

Jefferson County

Cloe Lake

Anglers are currently having luck catching Sunfish and Yellow Perch through the ice. Small white and chartreuse tungsten jigs are working well when tipped with spikes. Please be mindful of the ice conditions. It is important to continually check the ice when moving to new locations.

Kyle Lake

Anglers are also having success ice fishing on Kyle Lake for panfish.

Reminder: Kyle Lake is managed as catch and release only.

Elk County

Laurel Run Reservoir

The reservoir was recently stocked with the help of several WCO’s. Good luck ice fishing!

Laurel Run Reservoir trout stocking
WCO Painter from Jefferson County is just one of several WCO’s who helped stock Laurel Run Reservoir. Get out there and enjoy the ice while there is still time!
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