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Map highlighting counties in the Southwest RegionREGION COUNTIES -- Allegheny, Armstrong, Beaver, Cambria, Fayette, Greene, Indiana, Somerset, Washington, Westmoreland (County Guide)

Reports compiled by Miranda (Mandy) Smith (mirsmith@pa.gov), Southwest Region Education Specialist, using information provided by Waterways Conservation Officers, Area Fisheries Managers and other PFBC staff.

Fishing and Boating Report – February 25, 2015
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

Eastern Allegheny County

Little water remains open on the Allegheny River.  Anglers have been fishing near Lock 3 and at the Deer Creek Access Area with little success.

Deer Creek and Bull Creek are covered in ice.  Anglers are reminded to check the Trout Stocking Schedule often as stockings may be changed.

Deer Lakes are iced over.  Allegheny County does not permitted ice fishing at Deer Lakes.

Greene County and Southern Washington County

The Monongahela River is frozen. Locks are operating sporadically to control water levels. Anglers are still attempting to catch fish in open water near local locks.

Many area ponds are covered with a thick ice in most places. Anglers are using small grubs and jigging spoons for crappie and Bluegill. Anglers are reminded to check ice conditions. Property owners and the PFBC do not monitor ice conditions.

Boaters are reminded of the mandatory cold weather life jacket regulation for all kayaks, canoes and boats under 16 feet.

Somerset County

Catches of Chain Pickerel have been steady at High Point Lake with Northern Pike and Largemouth Bass coming in second.  Yellow Perch & Black Crappie are also being iced.  Anglers report that larger numbers of crappie can be iced after dark and well into the morning hours if you are willing to stay on the ice at night.

Some anglers have been able to ice fish on Youghiogheny River Lake from Braddock Cove out past the Somerfield Access and in Jockey Hollow.  Varying numbers of Yellow Perch and a nice 8-pound Walleye were iced on Saturday out from the Somerfield Access. A couple of Yellow Perch were missed in Braddock cove.  All were caught on a tip-up with shiners.

Northern Westmoreland County

Twin Lakes and Keystone Lake continue to produce consistent numbers of trout through the ice. There is no one good consistent spot. The most successful anglers are moving from place to place throughout the day. The best bait is live minnows or shiners for those that can find them. The fish have been mostly caught just off the bottom of the lakes in various depths of water. It seems the hardest part is staying warm with the adverse weather conditions we have been seeing throughout the district.

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Fishing and Boating Report – February 18, 2015
Northern Somerset County

Ice anglers are doing well on trout and crappies at Laurel Hill Lake.  One 19-inch Golden Rainbow Trout was recently reported.

Bluegills and large crappies are being pulled through the ice at Lake Somerset.  A few Walleyes have been reported after dark, all of them being legal size.

Anglers are fishing for trout and having some success on the Stonycreek River.

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

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Fishing and Boating Report – February 11, 2015
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

Allegheny County

Ray Schubert and Bill Reay were caught enjoying their Senior Lifetime Fishing Licenses and the trout they caught ice fishing at North Park Lake. North Park Lake is a great place to enjoy the outdoors year round!

North Park Lake
Ray and Bill at North Park Lake

Remember that the mandatory cold weather PFD regulation is in effect from November 1 to April 30. In the case that you do need to be rescued, take a look at Pittsburgh River Rescue's new equipment seen operating at the Point.  The hovercraft is capable of skimming across ice, as well as water.

Hovercraft

Be safe out there when fishing and boating.

Cambria County

Anglers are catching some nice sized Yellow Perch at Glendale Lake. A 36-inch Northern Pike was caught recently. Several small bass were seen on the ice this past week.  A tackle box was found at the lake this week. The owner may claim it by calling the PFBC Region Office at (814) 443-9841 and providing correct identification.

Anglers are catching Brown Trout at Lake Rowena.

Duman Lake Anglers are catching Brown Trout and small Pickerel.

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