Pennsylvania Fishing Report – January 13, 2022


Northwest Region

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Mandatory Cold Weather Life Jacket Wear
Mandatory cold weather life jacket wear began on November 1st. This means that a person must wear a US Coast Guard approved personal flotation device (PFD or life jacket) while underway or at anchor on boats less than 16 feet in length or any canoe or kayak from November 1st through April 30th.

REMINDER – Once there is ice on the lakes, be sure to check the ice thickness and have safety gear ready before venturing out on the ice. Ice anglers should be sure to drill test holes as you make your way out on the ice. It is highly recommended to wear a PFD or a float coat, wear yak-tracks on your boots, and use ice awls while on the ice. For more information about ice fishing in PA, click here.

Crawford County

Pymatuning Reservoir

When heading out ice fishing, be sure to use caution and monitor the ice conditions as they will vary throughout the lake. A safety checklist for ice anglers can be found here. While ice fishing, please be courteous and pack out all your refuse.

Forest County

Allegheny River

The Allegheny River in Tionesta is accessible by boat at the Sand and Gravel Launch. Anglers are catching Walleye, Northern Pike, and Muskellunge. Anglers can also fish from shore, near the boat launch and near the fishing pier. Anglers using boats are reminded to check their registration decals. Registration decals expire on March 31st of each year.

Tionesta Outflow

Open water has provided anglers with 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. Boaters are reminded that boats are prohibited upstream from the county bridge to the outflow.

Tionesta Lake

Tionesta Lake is open and accessible by boat. Anglers continue to be successful trolling for Muskellunge. The shoreline is also accessible near the marina and the dam.

Warren County

Chapman Lake

The Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission stocked Chapman Lake in December with adult trout. Anglers are reminded that the daily limit is three trout and a current Trout Permit is required to keep trout.

Allegheny River

Anglers have been successful fishing for Walleye and Smallmouth Bass near the United Refining Company. Anglers are reminded that Smallmouth Bass must be at least 15 inches in length to keep and the daily limit is four combined species.

Northeastern Region

The Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission is providing a free ‘Family Ice Fishing’ program at Nescopeck State Park on February 5th.  Come spend the day with us and learn the basics of ice fishing or brush up on some existing skills.  For more information and to register for this program please visit:  Family Ice Fishing Program – February 5, 2022 in Drums, PA.  Pre-Registration Required

The Early Bird Sports Expo will be held at the Bloomsburg Fairgrounds, from January 29th through the 31st.  Stop by the Fish and Boat Commission booth and say hello, ask questions, or just show off the photos of your memorable catches. We look forward to seeing you there!

Western Bradford and Sullivan County

Frigid temperatures have formed ice on local impoundments, please exercise caution when venturing out for ice fishing activities. Check ice thickness before going onto ice and in the area you’re fishing.

To view more information on ice safety, an ice thickness chart and other safety information visit: Ice/Winter Fishing at

Columbia and Southern Luzerne County

With the recent downward spiral in temperatures, many of the district’s impoundments are icing over. That is great news for all of us ice fishing fanatics. Be advised though, ice conditions are NOT monitored by the agency. Let safety be your top priority. Use good judgement and commons sense before venturing out onto the ice. Remember, there is NO SUCH THING AS SAFE ICE!

Fishing and boating pressure on the Susquehanna River has been extremely light. This is due mostly to frigid temps, as well as hunting seasons. As hunting season winds down across the state, expect to see additional boat traffic on the waters by those brave enough to weather the elements. All boaters are always encouraged to wear a USCG approved flotation device. Also, those in boats less than 16 feet and ALL canoes and kayaks are REQUIRED to wear a USCG approved flotation device.

For those who are unaware, there is now only one Statewide Trout Opener. The opener now occurs on the first Saturday in April. Due to this change, trout stockings will commence slightly earlier this year. Once the schedule is finalized, it will be posted on the website. Come on out to help stock your favorite streams and find your best hot spot prior to opening day.

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