Justus Lake (Twomile Run Reservoir)
Bluegill and trout are being caught in and around both boat launches.
Mix of slush and ice; thin spots are common. USE CAUTION!! A mix of perch, bluegill, and bass are being reported; nothing of great size or number yet. Anglers are reminded that this lake is governed under Big Bass Regulations. Also, a new year is upon us so you’ll need either a 2015 or valid multi-year license.
The USGS depth gage in Franklin reflects a current level of 5’-03” and water temperature of +/-32 degrees. From this time in 2014, water temperature has remained steady and water levels are down over 1’-06”. Ice flows are forming making fishing unsafe from either shore or boat.
Watercraft operators should be aware that the ice control device spanning the Allegheny River upstream of the State Street (Veteran’s) Bridge in Oil City, IS NOW IN PLACE. Boaters are urged to use caution when operating in this area since the device stretches the entire breadth of the river. Use the provided opening situated nearest the north shore for passage.
The USGS depth gage in Utica reflects a current water level of 3’-10”. Conditions regarding flow have decreased +/- 2 feet since this reporting date in 2014. Angling activity has been light.
The USGS depth gage in Rouseville reflects a current water level of 3’-04”. Angling activity has been light.
Reminder: During the period November 1st through 30 April, ALL BOATERS are required to wear a life jacket at all times while in watercraft less than 16’ in length or ANY canoe or kayak.
Erie County (Eastern)
The bitter cold temperatures this week have the mile streams iced over. Anglers are venturing out onto the ice on Lake Pleasant, Eaton Reservoir, Edinboro Lake and Lake Leboeuf. Anglers are reporting trout and pan fish on Lake Pleasant. Eaton Reservoir is also a hot spot for pan fish and Northern Pike. Live baits seem to work the best (grubs, maggots, wax worms and minnows).
The PFBC does not monitor ice conditions. Lake Erie temperature is 33°; Mile Streams have ice; Inland Lakes have ice
Note: Ice fishing anglers--it is illegal to use VHS susceptible fish species (Emerald Shiners) fish parts or eggs taken from Lake Erie Watershed as bait in the Commonwealth waters outside the Lake Erie Watershed except when the fish are certified as VHS negative. This water includes (Lake Pleasant, Eaton Reservoir, Edinboro Lake and Lake Leboeuf). See the complete list of VHS species in the 2015 Summary Guide.
Erie County (Western)
Walnut Creek, Elk Creek, Crooked Creek, Upper Gravel Pit
At the time of this writing all of the western Lake Erie Tributaries are almost completely frozen. The Upper Gravel Pit still has open water and poor ice conditions. Stream anglers are doing well on Steelhead through the ice on Crooked Creek at the Gloskey Hole and at the Walnut Creek Marina Basin.
Routine patrols this year have already produced fishing without a fishing license violations and associated permit violations. Additionally, oversized ice fishing holes in ice have been seen.
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.