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Fishing for largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, channel catfish, black crappie, white crappie, walleye, saugeye, rainbow trout, brook trout, brown trout, bluegill, pumpkinseed sunfish, white perch, yellow perch, chain pickerel, northern pike and musky while ice fishing in PA.
Ice fishing

Ice fishing is as basic as fishing gets. Aside from the tools one uses to create a hole in the ice, all other gear is very basic. A simple rod, reel, line and hook or lure is all you need. Both live and prepared bait are options, depending on the fish species in the lake or pond.

This is a great way to get the kids to go outdoors in winter, connect with nature and learn to fish. The first consideration when attempting to go ice fishing, is safety. Make sure the ice is safe, and that you are prepared should an accident occur. Dress to stay warm - it's better to remove extra jackets than be cold and miserable. Be aware that the ice can be slippery, and falls can be dangerous.

There are numerous places to go ice fishing in Pennsylvania. Here are a list of some of the proven best ice fishing destinations in PA.

Allegheny Reservoir

Ice fishing for walleye and northern pike.

Walleye Northern Pike

Beechwood Lake

Ice fishing for largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, rainbow trout, bluegill and yellow perch.

Largemouth bass Smallmouth bass Rainbow Trout Bluegill Yellow Perch

Belmont Lake

Ice fishing for walleye, bluegill and yellow perch.

Walleye Bluegill Yellow Perch

Canoe Lake

Ice fishing for black crappie, walleye, rainbow trout, brown trout, bluegill, chain pickerel and musky.

Black crappie Walleye Rainbow Trout Brown trout Bluegill Chain pickerel Muskie

Duck Harbor Pond

Ice fishing for largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, walleye and bluegill.

Largemouth bass Smallmouth bass Walleye Bluegill

Duman Lake

Ice fishing for largemouth bass, brown trout and bluegill.

Largemouth bass Brown trout Bluegill

Fairview Lake

Ice fishing for rainbow trout, bluegill and yellow perch.

Rainbow Trout Bluegill Yellow Perch

Foster J Sayers Lake

Ice fishing for largemouth bass, channel catfish, black crappie, white crappie, bluegill, pumpkinseed sunfish and yellow perch.

Largemouth bass Channel catfish Black crappie White Crappie Bluegill Pumpkinseed Sunfish Yellow Perch

Gouldsboro Lake

Ice fishing for bluegill and yellow perch.

Bluegill Yellow Perch

Greeley Lake

Ice fishing for largemouth bass, bluegill and yellow perch.

Largemouth bass Bluegill Yellow Perch

High Point Lake

Ice fishing for largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, black crappie, walleye, bluegill, yellow perch and northern pike.

Largemouth bass Smallmouth bass Black crappie Walleye Bluegill Yellow Perch Northern Pike

Holman Lake

Ice fishing for black crappie, rainbow trout, brook trout, brown trout, bluegill, yellow perch and musky.

Black crappie Rainbow Trout Brook Trout Brown trout Bluegill Yellow Perch Muskie

Kahle Lake

Ice fishing for largemouth bass, walleye, bluegill and pumpkinseed sunfish.

Largemouth bass Walleye Bluegill Pumpkinseed Sunfish

Lake Erie, Presque Isle Bay

Ice fishing for black crappie, bluegill and yellow perch.

Black crappie Bluegill Yellow Perch

Lake Marburg

Ice fishing for largemouth bass, walleye, rainbow trout, white perch, yellow perch and northern pike.

Largemouth bass Walleye Rainbow Trout White Perch Yellow Perch Northern Pike

Lake Nockamixon

Ice fishing for largemouth bass and chain pickerel.

Largemouth bass Chain pickerel

Lake Ontelaunee

Ice fishing for largemouth bass, chain pickerel and northern pike.

Largemouth bass Chain pickerel Northern Pike

Lake Redman

Ice fishing for largemouth bass and black crappie.

Largemouth bass Black crappie

Lake Wallenpaupack

Ice fishing for smallmouth bass, brown trout, bluegill and yellow perch.

Smallmouth bass Brown trout Yellow Perch

Lake Wilhelm

Ice fishing for largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, walleye, bluegill and yellow perch.

Largemouth bass Smallmouth bass Walleye Bluegill Yellow Perch

Laurel Hill Lake

Ice fishing for largemouth bass, saugeye, rainbow trout, brook trout and yellow perch.

Largemouth bass Saugeye Rainbow Trout Brook Trout Yellow Perch

Lily Lake

Ice fishing for rainbow trout, bluegill, pumpkinseed sunfish, chain pickerel and northern pike.

Rainbow Trout Bluegill Pumpkinseed Sunfish Chain pickerel Northern Pike

Long Pond

Ice fishing for largemouth bass, bluegill and yellow perch.

Largemouth bass Bluegill Yellow Perch

Lower Woods Pond

Ice fishing for largemouth bass, bluegill and yellow perch.

Largemouth bass Bluegill Yellow Perch

Marsh Creek Lake

Ice fishing for largemouth bass, black crappie, bluegill and yellow perch.

Largemouth bass Black crappie Bluegill Yellow Perch

Mauch Chunk Lake

Ice fishing for largemouth bass, bluegill and yellow perch.

Largemouth bass Bluegill Yellow Perch

Minsi Lake

Ice fishing for largemouth bass, bluegill and yellow perch.

Largemouth bass Bluegill Yellow Perch

Opossum Lake

Ice fishing for white crappie, brown trout, bluegill and musky.

White Crappie Brown trout Bluegill Muskie

Pymatuning Reservoir

Ice fishing for black crappie, white crappie, walleye and yellow perch.

Black crappie White Crappie Walleye Yellow Perch

Shenango River Lake

Ice fishing for black crappie, white crappie, walleye and bluegill.

Black crappie White Crappie Walleye Bluegill

Stevens Lake

Ice fishing for largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, bluegill and pumpkinseed sunfish.

Largemouth bass Smallmouth bass Bluegill Pumpkinseed Sunfish

Struble Lake

Ice fishing for black crappie.

Black crappie

Virgin Run Lake

Ice fishing for largemouth bass, black crappie, rainbow trout, brown trout and bluegill.

Largemouth bass Black crappie Rainbow Trout Brown trout Bluegill

Yellow Creek Lake

Ice fishing for largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, black crappie, walleye, bluegill, pumpkinseed sunfish, yellow perch and northern pike.

Largemouth bass Smallmouth bass Black crappie Walleye Bluegill Pumpkinseed Sunfish Yellow Perch Northern Pike

Ice Fishing Tips & Techniques

Click here for ice fishing basics, including details on finding the best place to ice fish, tips for cutting a hole, basic tackle, bait, lures, depths to fish, ice fishing safety, shanty's, tents and huts.

Best ice fishing method for crappie, bluegill, perch and sunfish

Horizontal jigs and spoon-type baits are the go-to baits for crappie, either tipped with a minnow, wax worm or prepared baits often triggers more bites. Jigs work better close to the bottom, spoons tend to work better higher in the water column. If options allow, 15 to 30 feet is the most common depth. Adjust as necessary.

Best ice fishing method for walleye

Four basic lures are all you need. Ice jigs are minnow shaped with a tail that causes them to fall in a circular patter. Drop them to the desired depth (often the bottom), then lift the bait a few feet to let it fall on slack line. Spoons. Metal slabs in chrome or a wide array of colors are used to jig up-and-down mimicking a dying baitfish. Lipless crankbaits. Fish like a spoon. Jigs. Use slightly larger jigs than for crappie, preferably with a flashing blade attached. Tip with live bait and let it sit, up a ways from the bottom typically 1 to 3 feet. A general tip is to always keep your bait off the bottom, one to 5 feet is an ideal place to start.

Best ice fishing method for trout

Trout focus on small forage fish in winter, so baits that flash silver - jigs or spoons, do well in attracting trout. Dual rods, where legal, are very effective. One rod with a jig/live bait set up on a tip-up, the second with a spoon fished up and down pretty aggressively.

Best ice fishing method for bass

Bass are often found closer to the shoreline than schooling fish. Fish the same as other species, using a bit larger baits and slightly heavier line. Be prepared to battle using your drag if you hook a big one.

Best ice fishing method for catfish

Fishing techniques mirror those for bass and crappie. More emphasis is places on added baits (minnows, worms, prepared bait), and location can be very important. Find a ledge or point that is in 20 foot range on top, dropping to 30 feet or more directly off the side.

Best ice fishing method for pike and musky

Live bait, shiners and sunfish, are a great way to attract these big fellahs. Heavier line, steel leaders, bigger hooks and stronger tip-ups are in order.

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