|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.
Ice anglers are out on Keystone Lake. Ice on rivers and streams prevents fishing elsewhere.
Anglers are taking advantage of the recently stocked trout in Brady’s Run Lake. The lake had enough ice for ice fishing over the past week and anglers did well catching them. Most of the trout were caught using jigs tipped with waxworms but some were landed on minnows.
Only a handful of anglers have been seen fishing the rivers lately. A few small Walleye were reported being caught on jerkbaits.
Ice anglers are catching some nice Yellow Perch and small Northern Pike at Glendale Lake.
Brown Trout and Pickerel are being caught through the ice at Duman Dam.
Lake Rowena ice anglers are catching Brown Trout and Rainbow Trout.
Anglers are reminded that the following bodies of water are closed to ice fishing: Wilmore Dam, Hinkston Run Reservoir, Colver Reservoir, Ebensburg Reservoirs, Beaverdam Run Reservoir, and Elton Dam.
As always ice anglers are informed that there is no such thing as “safe ice”. Carry ice picks, wear a life jacket and fish with a partner.
Southern Somerset County
The ice is on at High Point Lake. Fish catch is low but anglers reported that one nice Largemouth Bass around 20 inches was iced along with some sublegal Northern Pike. A 13-inch Yellow Perch was the biggest perch of the day.
The Youghiogheny River tailrace is a good place to fish open water this time of year. Fishing has been slow but a nice 17-inch Rainbow Trout was caught recently using a dark color combination spinner-fly. The river stays free of ice in section one and has little fishing pressure this time of year.
Youghiogheny River Lake has ice up to the Route 40 Bridge and the coves at Jockey Hollow and Tub Run. Ice thickness is unknown.
Cranberry Glade Lake is drawn down approximately three feet.