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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 – March 18, 2015
Allegheny County

Stocking

Stocking

Deer Creek and Pine Creek were stocked on March 10, 2015. Kaylee and her dad, Justin, are two of the volunteers that came out to lend a hand in the rain that day. 
Big Sewickley Creek was stocked on March 13, 2015 and Bull Creek on March 16, 2015.

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Fishing and Boating Report – March 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

Greene County and Southern Washington County

As of March 8, the Monongahela River was three feet over normal pool.  Locks are operating almost constantly to control water levels. Fishing is difficult in these areas.

Stocking season is here and area waters will be receiving trout in preparation for the upcoming trout season. Anglers are reminded that all area approved trout waters are now closed until April 11, 2015 for those participating in the one day Mentored Youth Fishing day and then will reopen on April 18, 2015 for the regional opening day for all anglers.

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

Southern Somerset County

Trio of anglers
Pictured from left to right is young Alan Arnold, his dad, Hans Arnold and friend Karsten Hormann during their March 8, 2015 ice fishing trip to High Point Lake. Alan caught a 16-inch Largemouth Bass and a 13-inch Black Crappie, while his dad and friend caught six Chain Pickerel ranging from 18 inches to 24 inches.

Crappie
Orlo Pletcher III from Somerset, PA caught a couple of nice Black Crappies from High Point Lake the morning of March 11, 2015. He brought the fish into the Southwest Regional Office to be measured. One was 13.25 inches and the other 15.25 inches.

Youghiogheny River Lake was releasing a high volume of water over the weekend which may have deterred many at the Youghiogheny River tailrace.  Those who did were having few hits in the back water.  Anglers are reminded that trout caught on any of the Approved Trout Water Open to Year-Round Fishing lakes from March 1 to the opening day of trout season must be released immediately.

The stocking of Laurel Hill Creek Delayed Harvest Artificial Lures Only (DHALO) sections 3 and 6 is rescheduled for March 20, 2015.

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Fishing and Boating Report – March 4, 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

Beaver County

The Beaver River and Ohio River have been frozen over the past couple weeks making fishing very difficult.

Ice fishing has slowed in the county.  The anglers fishing Brady’s Run Lake and Raccoon Lake report a slow panfish bite but have had success catching trout.  Tiny jigs tipped with a maggot or a gold spoon tipped with a few maggots was landing trout.

Preseason trout stocking begins this week in Beaver County.  If you are interested in helping stock trout, visit the trout stocking schedule page and select Beaver County. Arrive at the meeting place at the time listed. Remember to dress appropriately.

Somerset County

Rainbow Trout
Sestino Ciummo caught this nice 19-inch Rainbow Trout Laurel Hill Lake on February 28, 2015 on a nightcrawler

Washington County

As of Monday March 2, 2015, the ice was doing well for all of the ice anglers.  Be careful now with the recent rain refreezing and becoming slippery.

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