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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 – February 3, 2016
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

With the recent warmer weather, Middle and Lower Deer Lakes have opened enough to permit limited fishing from shore.  As cold weather returns, these openings will close.  As a reminder, Lower, Middle and Upper Deer Lakes close to fishing beginning March 1, 2016, and will reopen on the opening day of trout season.

The Allegheny River has returned to more normal levels.  With the expected rain, and with the snow melt due to warm weather, expect the water level to rise.  Anglers fishing the river should use extreme caution.

You can check water levels on the Allegheny River, as well as many other Pennsylvania waterways through the USGS Current Water Data for Pennsylvania website.

The old Hulton Bridge was demolished in late January.  Cleanup of the scrap steel continues.  Boaters who use the Deer Creek Access Area should stay well clear of the equipment.

Beaver County

The warmer temperatures over the past weekend deteriorated the ice on local lakes and ponds making them difficult to fish. The beneficial result of the warmer weather is that the ice has mostly cleared on the streams and rivers making them fishable again.

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Fishing and Boating Report – January 27, 2016
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

Washington County

Anglers are ice fishing on Canonsburg Lake.  There will be construction at the lake in the upcoming months.  Fishing and boating will still be permitted.  There will be no construction in the body of the lake from March 1 through June 15 to coincide with traditional trout season. The lake will be stocked with trout.  For more information, please see the following press release: http://fishandboat.com/news/2016pr/canonsburg-work-begins.htm

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Fishing and Boating Report – January 21, 2016
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

Ice anglers are fishing Brady’s Run Lake and the trout are biting.  Anglers are catching the trout on paste baits.  The anglers targeting panfish caught a few small Bluegill on jigs tipped with waxworms.

Somerset County

All of Somerset County lakes that are open to ice fishing have ice but the thickness varies and the temperatures are fluctuating up and down.  Use caution when going out onto the ice and check ice thickness as you go.  Visit http://fishandboat.com/safety.htm for ice safety information and guidelines.

Two anglers ice fishing on High Point Lake on January 16, 2016 had a good day of fishing.  The pair of anglers caught several Northern Pike and Chain Pickerel, one Largemouth Bass and a half dozen Yellow Perch.  They released all their fish except for the Yellow Perch.

Anglers were catching some trophy Northern Pike in the open waters of the Quemahoning Reservoir on smelt recently.

Trout are being caught on live bait, lures, and streamers on the Youghiogheny River tailrace.  The Brown Trout have slowed and the Rainbow Trout have recently turned on.

Anglers are still catching a few trout in the streams.

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