Good catches of bass and crappie have been had. Minnows or maggot-tipped jigs are good offerings.
Harbar Acres Lake (Game lands 95)
Trout fishing is slow but steady. It may take a while to catch them, but the wait is worth it. Anglers are catching mostly Brown Trout in the 12 – 14 inch range. Best bait has been minnows in shallow sections of the lake. Harbar Acres can get breezy. On colder days, you may want to bring a shelter or wind break!
Lake Oneida / Thorn Run Reservoir
There is no ice-fishing permitted at these impoundments. Please review the rules posted at various locations at these waterways before recreating.
Anglers continue to report catching perch and a few walleyes on minnows near the Toby Bridge. Anglers should use caution and remember that Piney Dam is an impoundment and is subject to fluctuating water levels which could result in unsafe ice conditions.
With great ice conditions anglers continue to report good numbers of nice sized panfish and an occasional bass. Small jigs tipped with maggots or minnows continue to be the hot baits.
There is nothing to report at this time. The extremely cold temps have resulted in the river freezing over with no open water.
There is a lot of pressure on the north end and the south end. Nice panfish are being caught along with pike. Reminder it is illegal to use or launch an off road vehicle (snowmobiles, four wheelers and side by sides) from our PFBC launch.
A few crappies and bluegills are being caught.
A few perch and crappies along with an occasional walleye are being caught.
Woodcock Creek (below the dam)
A few walleye and an occasional musky are being caught.
A few crappie and an occasional walleye and northern pike are being caught.
There is more pressure between launch one and the dam than anywhere else. Reports of some larger panfish this year with still quite a few small ones mixed in.
Eastern Erie County
Presque Isle Bay & Area streams
The anglers are reporting pan fish on grubs, wax worms & minnows with small jig heads. Vary your depth and jig colors. The Steelhead streams are iced over.
Don’t forget the new regulation that took effect last year on Lake Pleasant. It is open to year around fishing; however, no trout may be taken or possessed on this water from March 1 through the opening day of trout season 8:00 AM April 13.
Western Erie County
Presque Isle Bay & Area streams
Hard water anglers are still having successful fishing trips to Presque Isle Bay and the mouths of Walnut Creek & Trout Run. Anglers on Presque Isle Bay are targeting perch & pan fish with moderate success. Due to the thick ice anglers are spread all over the bay. I have inspected creel limits of pan fish in Misery Bay and perch at the head of the bay. Steelhead anglers are doing well off the mouths of Walnut Creek & Trout Run.
Specialized law enforcement details have resulted in numerous violations. The vast majority were for littering and one over limit case.
Angling activity continues to be sporadic, despite good conditions. Highest areas of angler concentration are along the east side of the lake; generally across from the boat launch through the swim area and adjacent cove. Yellow perch and rainbow trout have been the highest reported catches. Hook-ups have occurred on a mixed bag of baits; however, wax worms have produced well.
A mixed bag of perch, bluegill, and the occasional bass continue to be reported. For perch and bluegill— minnows on jigs and jigs tipped with wax worms have produced hook-ups. For bass—shiners continue to be a top producer. Fish continue to be on the move, however, when hook-ups occur several sizeable harvests have been reported. Anglers are reminded that Kahle Lake is governed under Big Bass Regulations.
The Allegheny River contains heavy concentrations of both shore and pack ice throughout the county’s length, but is intermixed with large pockets of open water. The river’s water temperature is running at a steady 32 degrees.
Mr. Roger Jenkins (Franklin, PA) with a recent muskellunge harvest. The fish was taken during the first week of February 2014, along the middle Allegheny River section of the county. This muskellunge weighed in at 22 pounds and measured 45 inches in length.
VENANGO COUNTY TROUT STOCKING FOR 2014
Trout stocking in Venango County begins on March 10th. Individuals wishing to attend are urged to reference the 2014 TROUT STOCKING SCHEDULE link found on the agency’s home page, at www.fishandboat.com, in order to verify the appropriate date and time of your favorite Venango County stream(s).
OIL CREEK CHAPTER OF TROUT UNLIMITED 2014 BANQUET
The 31st annual Oil Creek Chapter of Trout Unlimited banquet will be held Saturday, April 5th, 2014, at the Quality Inn in Franklin, Pennsylvania (16323). For information contact Mr. Tom Young—OCTU’s Banquet Chairman, either by calling (814) 437-5550 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. The chapter’s website address is www.oilcreektu.org and the chapter’s general email address is email@example.com.