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Reports compiled by Miranda (Mandy) Smith (, Southwest Region Education Specialist, using information provided by Waterways Conservation Officers, Area Fisheries Managers and other PFBC staff.

Fishing and Boating Report – January 21, 2015
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:

Armstrong County

Ice anglers are out on Keystone Lake.  Ice on rivers and streams prevents fishing elsewhere.

Beaver County

Anglers are taking advantage of the recently stocked trout in Brady’s Run Lake.  The lake had enough ice for ice fishing over the past week and anglers did well catching them.  Most of the trout were caught using jigs tipped with waxworms but some were landed on minnows. 

Only a handful of anglers have been seen fishing the rivers lately.  A few small Walleye were reported being caught on jerkbaits.

Cambria County

Ice anglers are catching some nice Yellow Perch and small Northern Pike at Glendale Lake.

Brown Trout and Pickerel are being caught through the ice at Duman Dam.

Lake Rowena ice anglers are catching Brown Trout and Rainbow Trout.

Anglers are reminded that the following bodies of water are closed to ice fishing: Wilmore Dam, Hinkston Run Reservoir, Colver Reservoir, Ebensburg Reservoirs, Beaverdam Run Reservoir, and Elton Dam.

As always ice anglers are informed that there is no such thing as “safe ice”.  Carry ice picks, wear a life jacket and fish with a partner.

Southern Somerset County

The ice is on at High Point Lake.  Fish catch is low but anglers reported that one nice Largemouth Bass around 20 inches was iced along with some sublegal Northern Pike.  A 13-inch Yellow Perch was the biggest perch of the day.

The Youghiogheny River tailrace is a good place to fish open water this time of year.  Fishing has been slow but a nice 17-inch Rainbow Trout was caught recently using a dark color combination spinner-fly.  The river stays free of ice in section one and has little fishing pressure this time of year.

Youghiogheny River Lake has ice up to the Route 40 Bridge and the coves at Jockey Hollow and Tub Run. Ice thickness is unknown.

Cranberry Glade Lake is drawn down approximately three feet. 

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Fishing and Boating Report – January 14, 2015
Greene County and Southern Washington County

Anglers willing to brave the frigid temperatures are having great success for Walleye near outfalls of area lock and dams. Anglers are still using live minnows preferably, but soft plastics are showing results as well.

Trout anglers are still able to take advantage of lower sections in Tenmile Creek near Clarksville for some late winter opportunities.

Boaters are reminded of the mandatory cold weather PFD regulation for all kayaks, canoes and vessels under 16 feet.

Northern Westmoreland County

Fishing was turning on as Keystone Lake and Twin Lakes began freezing last week. It was reported on January 7, 2015 that the lakes had froze just enough so you could not cast anymore but the ice was still too thin to even try and go out on it.  Anglers are advised to monitor ice and hold out until we have safe ice conditions.

As of January 7, 2015, anglers were still able to cast and catch fish at Loyalhanna Creek within the Delayed Harvest Artificial Lures Only area. Numerous fish could still be seen along the banks of the stream especially behind the car wash.

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Fishing and Boating Report – January 7, 2015
Armstrong County

A few anglers were fishing the Buffalo Creek Delayed Harvest Artificial Lures Only (DHALO) area between the holidays. They reported an average of six trout each outing, mostly Brown Trout, caught on egg patterns.

Fayette County

Anglers are catching Sauger and nice-sized Walleye below the locks on the Monongahela River.

Somerset County

No ice fishing activity as of yet.

A few anglers have been out fishing the open water recently.

A few trout were caught in the Stonycreek River during the recent warm weather.

A few paddlers were out on the Quemahoning Reservoir as well, which is back up to normal water level.  Just remember that personal flotation devices are required to be worn this time of year for your safety.

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