Anglers are reporting good ice on Rose Valley Lake, Hunter Lake and Lake Jean and they are producing well. Trout, panfish, and pickerel are being taken through the ice on waxworms, gold mealworms and small ice fishing jigs. The Susquehanna River is open in most locations with some occasional floating ice. Some nice walleye and smallmouth bass are being caught in the open water areas. Walleye are going after live nightcrawlers on double hook worm rigs, Erie Dearies and medium live shiners. Smallies are being picked up on Old Trail Salted Tubes in smoke, pumpkin seed and watermelon colors fished slow and close to the bottom where you have open water. Several muskie have been caught and released at some of the popular locations below the Adam Bower Dam. Large muskie lures in the 7 to 10 inch range fished slowly and close to the shore and in open water eddies are your best bet for hook-ups this time of year. As the river settles down and warms up more and more fish will be come active. Top early season lures include Old Trail Salted Tubes in the top colors, 3 1/2 inch twist grubs and jerkbaits. Some nice winter catfishing has been good at some of the popular locations.
Chet Trego caught this beautiful steelhead trout fishing in Erie on egg sacs, minnows, and beads. This is what winter fishing is all about! Great catch Chet!