Pennsylvania Fishing Report – March 4, 2021

West Marine

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.

Crawford County

Woodcock Creek Lake

Ice anglers are catching panfish and Musky through the ice. Due to continually changing water levels, please pay close attention to ice conditions.

Woodcock Creek (Below the dam)

Woodcock Creek is closed to fishing until the opening day of the 2021 Trout Season which is on Saturday April 3rd at 8 a.m.

French Creek

The driveway at the PFBC access in Cambridge Springs has been repaired so please KEEP OFF THE GRASS.

Canadohta Lake

Anglers are catching Muskellunge, Walleye, and panfish through the ice.

Sugar Lake

Anglers are catching panfish, Chain Pickerel, Bowfin, and Largemouth Bass through the ice.

Tamarack Lake

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.

Approved Trout Streams

All stocked trout streams will be closed to fishing from February 15, 2021 to the opening day of trout season which is April 3rd at 8 a.m.

Venango County

Walleye Closure (Commonwealth Inland Waters)

Anglers are reminded that Walleye season closes on March 15th at 12:00 a.m. As of that date, through 12:01 A.M. on the first Saturday in May, no Walleye may be taken, killed, or held in field possession.

MENTORED YOUTH DAY (03/27/2021)

Here are five kid friendly spots on a handful of Venango County’s Stocked Trout Waters…

  1. Justus Lake; Twomile Run County Park—within Oakland Township & Sugarcreek Borough
  2. Oil Creek; Oil Creek State Park to Drake Well along bike trail—within Cornplanter, Cherrytree & Oil Creek Township(s).
  3. East Sandy Creek; SR 322 through Cranberry-Rockland Road (Rails to Trails Bike Path)—in Rockland Twp.
  4. Sandy Creek; Seneca Hills Bible Camp (Old SR 8 @ Pecan)—in Victory Township.
  5. Sugar Creek; SR 427 Bridge through baseball field(s)—in Cooperstown Borough.


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:  https://www.fishandboat.com/Fish/Fishing/Pages/IceWinterFishing.aspx

Northwest Monroe, Southern Wayne, and Western Pike Counties

With much of the region sporadically receiving multiple feet of snow throughout the last month, it has put a real damper on individuals’ ability to get out and enjoy the great ice fishing this part of the state has to offer.

When anglers can get out, Tobyhanna Lake is the place to be, with many people catching plus size perch and pickerel, mostly on live bait or jigs. The fishing will soon start heating up though.

Stocking season has begun, which means the commencement of trout season is right around the corner. You do not need to wait for trout season to begin however, as this year the Commission is providing more fishing opportunities than ever before with the designation of all Trout Stocked Lakes to be open to year round, with possession of trout beginning on April 3.

So as a reminder, go grab your 2021 fishing license through the new HuntFishPa system and go out and enjoy the beautiful area northeast PA has to offer.

Pike County

There is still good ice fishing on Lake Wallenpaupack, crappie, panfish, perch, and pickerel have been caught regularly out of Mangan Cove and a nice pike was caught down near Epply Island. Shohola has produced Smallmouth Bass, pickerel, and catfish; Lily Pond anglers have caught good size yellow perch and pickerel. Most anglers are using live bait and having better results with jigging than tip-ups.

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

Spring Creek

Currently, the water temperature is in the high 30’s to low 40’s. Anglers are reporting catching the occasional fish on dry flies. Blue-Winged Olives are becoming more frequent given the warming temperatures. This will only continue to improve in the coming weeks. Nymphing the slower moving pockets is currently producing the most success. Streamers are a great option right now as the water is currently up with some color. Pheasant tail nymphs with a hot spot are working good right now. Bright orange egg patterns are also a great option to entice strikes. Sculpin patterns are also producing fish.

Clinton and Lycoming Counties

Pine Creek

The water temperature is currently in the high 30’s. As snow and ice continue to melt the water levels remain high. Little Black Stoneflies are currently hatching with the occasional report of Blue-Winged Olives on warmer days. Anglers should still focus on casting large patterns. Large stoneflies and egg patterns are currently a great option. Clouser minnows and woolly buggers are a great option if you want to try some streamer fishing.

For more information regarding stocking in 2021, check out this video produced by the Slate Run Tackle Shop.

Fishing Creek

The water temperature is currently in the low 40’s. The creek is currently high and off color. Look for conditions to improve soon! Stonefly nymph and caddis larvae imitations are currently working well in slower moving tail outs and pocket water. Hot patterns include Hares Ear Dirty Bird Caddis and Zebra midges. Streamers are also a great option this time of year.

Southeastern Region

Reminder: Mandatory cold weather personal flotation device wear remains in effect.  Visit our website at http://www.fishandboat.com/Boat/WaterandIceSafety/Pages/default.aspx for more details.

Northern Lancaster County

Anglers are catching Walleyes in the Susquehanna River right at the Falmouth Access, in the area around where the boaters launch, using a variety of baits.

Northern Bucks County

With trout season right around the corner, check out the posted stocking schedules to see when your local creek gets stocked. As a reminder, all Stocked Trout Waters are closed to fishing, except for lakes and reservoirs. Mentored Youth Day will take place on March 27th, and one statewide Opening Day will be April 3rd.

With trout season comes warmer weather, and we all know what that means. Boating season is coming soon. This spring, make sure to take the time to thoroughly inspect all your boats safety gear. Lifejackets, Type IV Throwable, Fire Extinguisher, Sound Producing Devices all need to be checked to be sure they are in serviceable condition.

Remember, boat registrations expire on March 31st of the year shown on the sticker. So double check that everything is taken care of.

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