Ice fishing activity on both Mauch Chunk Lake and Beltzville Lake was slower than normal in recent days possibly due to the windy and colder temperatures the area has been receiving.
The few ice anglers fishing Mauch Chunk Lake still reported doing well catching perch measuring around thirteen inches. Most catches were reported using a jig tipped with a wax worm or butter worm. Pickerel and bass action remained good off launch B area of the lake by ice anglers using tip ups baited with a live minnow. However, most of the pickerel and bass were reported as sub legal in size. A few crappie and bluegills were reported being caught in the channel area of the lake east of boat launch B.
Ice anglers fishing Beltzville Lake reported catching bass and some pickerel off the Preachers Camp Access area. Some pickerel were observed measuring 25 inches. A few white bass were also reported to have being caught. Panfish were being caught in the Pine Run cove area of the lake, but most panfish activity at the lake has been slow.
Panfish continue to bite and be the target species of fish at Lackawanna Lake. Plenty of anglers are catching nice numbers of fish, with the average size bluegill around seven inches Anglers are predominately jigging using small and medium sized jigs tipped with wax worms.
Black bass have been biting on many other area lakes and ponds. Successful anglers have been using tip ups w/ large live minnows to pull bass through the ice.
Ice fishing continues in the area as colder than average temperatures have been in place for a while now. The majority of ice anglers have been at Lake Winola, as the last few years have produced a quality yellow perch harvest during the winter. Stevens Lake has fished well and some nice Largemouth Bass have been taken through the ice there. Oxbow Lake has been giving anglers mixed results. Outlying ponds in the area have been productive.
Keep in mind, despite the cold temperatures, caution should still be used on the ice. Don’t assume because it has been cold that the ice you are walking on is actually safe.
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 though the ice. Remember SAFETY FIRST: http://fishandboat.com/safety.htm.