|Reminder: The PFBC does not monitor ice thickness. Ice thickness and conditions can vary greatly across the lake and across the state. 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
SUPER Dish for your Super Bowl Party! Get out and get your fish this weekend!
Panfish Wontons (similar to crab Rangoon) great for an appetizer or Super Bowl snack
- 1 Teaspoon minced garlic
- 8 ounces cream cheese (1 pkg.)
- 6 ounces flaked Crappie, Yellow Perch or Bluegill filets
- 2 green onions sliced thinly
- 2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
- 1/2 teaspoon soy sauce
- 48 wonton wrappers
- Combine garlic, cream cheese, flaked fish, green onions, Worcestershire sauce, and soy sauce in a bowl. To prevent wonton skins from drying, prepare only 1 or 2 at a time. Place 1 teaspoon of filling onto the center of each wonton skin. Moisten the edges with water and fold the wonton skin diagonally to form a triangle, pressing edges to seal. Sealing them carefully is very important when deep frying; if you do not, all the filling will leak out in the oil!!! Moisten one of the bottom corners. Create a crown by pulling both bottom corners together and sealing.
- Deep fry at 350oF until golden brown, they can also be baked at 425oF for 12 to 15 minutes.
There were lots of people out fishing this past weekend!!
Beechwood: Anglers are catching some small Yellow Perch and a few Bluegills. Waxworms are the bait of choice.
Anglers are also catching trout up to 14 inches in shallow water. Doughbait and waxworms are the bait of choice.
Cowanesque: Anglers are catching mostly small Yellow Perch and Crappie in the coves or around timber. Waxworms are working best.
Hills Creek Lake: Anglers are fishing near the stumps and catching fish! The bite is best in early morning and just before dark. Anglers are catching Bluegills, Crappie, and Yellow Perch in 3-10 feet of water using waxworms, mousees, cranefly larvae (oak leaf grubs) on small jigs.
Jigging with small Fathead Minnows is also working well for Yellow Perch and Crappie. Yellow Perch up to 13 inches are being caught, but most are 7-8 inches.
Tip-ups baited with medium or large shiners are working for Pickerel and Bass. Anglers are catching a few nice bass, some weighing over 4lbs. A handful of 22-24 inch Pickerel are also being caught.
Chris Grohgans of Milford, NJ with a 19 inch Bass. He caught this nice Bass using a shiner on a tip-up at Hills Creek. Congratulations Chris!!
Hamilton Lake: Anglers are catching Yellow Perch up to 14 inches. They are also catching hand sized Bluegills and decent Crappies. Most catches are occurring in 20-28 feet of water. A few anglers are catching Yellow Perch and Bluegills in 8-10 feet of water. Waxworms and maggots seem to be the best bait, but small Fathead Minnows are also working.
A few trout up to 15 inches are being caught by anglers jigging waxworms and on tip-ups using doughbait or fathead minnows.
The bite is pretty consistent throughout the day. Some Pickerel and Bass are also being caught on live shiners fished near the dam and along some of the drop-offs.
A few anglers are catching Crappie in deep water, after dark. Waxworms and maggots are the go to bait.
Renee Kelly of Wellsboro, PA with a nice Crappie from Hamilton Lake. Congratulations Renee! (Photo taken by Don Kelly)
Kathy Johnson of Coudersport, PA with a nice Crappie. This was Kathy’s first trip to Hamilton Lake. Congratulations Kathy!! (Photo provided by angler)
Gabby and Emily Moshier from Corning, NY with a great spread of yummy Yellow Perch. Congratulations Gabby and Emily!! (photo provided by anglers)
Hammond Lake: Fishing is slow, but a few anglers are catching Crappie using Fathead Minnows and waxworms.
With the recent cold snap ice is covering most lakes in the County.
Parker Dam: Anglers are reporting good harvests of trout. The lake received a late trout stocking in December. There are still quite a few remaining so come out and catch a few!
Parker Dam Annual Winter Festival
Come out to Parker Dam and learn some tips and tricks about ice fishing! Ice Fishing Basics will be one of the several programs offered at Parker Dam’s Annual Winter Festival. Learn more here: http://www.dcnr.state.pa.us/stateparks/findapark/parkerdam/
Black Moshannon Lake: Anglers are catching Pickerel and Yellow Perch using minnows and shiners on tip-ups. A few anglers are catching Bluegill and Crappie in weed beds about 4-6 feet in depth.
Foster Joseph Sayers Lake:
- Between the beach and the old road bed: Anglers are catching Yellow Perch and Crappie. The lucky lure is the Forage Minnow jigging spoon in the “glow chub” color (yellow,orange and white). Early morning and late evening hours are the best times for fishing.
Jigs tipped with wax worms or maggots are also working.
- Hunters Run Cut: Anglers are catching Yellow Perch and Crappie. Jigging mealworms or wax worms in 10-12 feet of water is working. Tip-ups with minnows are also working well.