|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
Little water remains open on the Allegheny River. Anglers have been fishing near Lock 3 and at the Deer Creek Access Area with little success.
Deer Creek and Bull Creek are covered in ice. Anglers are reminded to check the Trout Stocking Schedule often as stockings may be changed.
Deer Lakes are iced over. Allegheny County does not permitted ice fishing at Deer Lakes.
Greene County and Southern Washington County
The Monongahela River is frozen. Locks are operating sporadically to control water levels. Anglers are still attempting to catch fish in open water near local locks.
Many area ponds are covered with a thick ice in most places. Anglers are using small grubs and jigging spoons for crappie and Bluegill. Anglers are reminded to check ice conditions. Property owners and the PFBC do not monitor ice conditions.
Boaters are reminded of the mandatory cold weather life jacket regulation for all kayaks, canoes and boats under 16 feet.
Catches of Chain Pickerel have been steady at High Point Lake with Northern Pike and Largemouth Bass coming in second. Yellow Perch & Black Crappie are also being iced. Anglers report that larger numbers of crappie can be iced after dark and well into the morning hours if you are willing to stay on the ice at night.
Some anglers have been able to ice fish on Youghiogheny River Lake from Braddock Cove out past the Somerfield Access and in Jockey Hollow. Varying numbers of Yellow Perch and a nice 8-pound Walleye were iced on Saturday out from the Somerfield Access. A couple of Yellow Perch were missed in Braddock cove. All were caught on a tip-up with shiners.
Northern Westmoreland County
Twin Lakes and Keystone Lake continue to produce consistent numbers of trout through the ice. There is no one good consistent spot. The most successful anglers are moving from place to place throughout the day. The best bait is live minnows or shiners for those that can find them. The fish have been mostly caught just off the bottom of the lakes in various depths of water. It seems the hardest part is staying warm with the adverse weather conditions we have been seeing throughout the district.