NW REGION REPORTS
REGION COUNTIES -- Butler, Clarion, Crawford, Erie, Forest, Lawrence, Mercer, Venango, Warren (County Guide)
january 17, 2018
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REMINDER – Mandatory Cold Weather Life
Jacket Wear began on November 1, 2017 and runs through April 30, 2018.
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://www.fishandboat.com/Fish/Fishing/Pages/IceWinterFishing.aspx
Anglers are reporting catching some Northern Pike, Chain
Pickerel, and Largemouth Bass through the ice.
Anglers should try a tip-up rigged with a large shiner for Northern Pike.
Anglers are catching
Bluegill and Northern Pike through the ice on the North end of the lake near
the PFBC access area. Jigs tipped with
maggots, mealworms, or minnows seem to be the bait of choice. Those anglers targeting Musky and Northern
Pike should use tip-ups rigged with large shiners and a large treble hook.
The bitter cold temperatures this week have the mile streams
Anglers are catching trout and panfish on Lake Pleasant on
live baits including grubs and minnows.
Eaton Reservoir is also a hot spot for panfish and Northern
Pike. Live baits seem to work the best (grubs, maggots, wax worms and minnows).
january 10, 2018
Ice anglers are catching good
numbers of Yellow Perch, Bluegills, and crappies.
Piney Dam is no longer in a drawdown
state. The work was completed on the dam this fall and water levels are being returned
to normal pool levels.
Beaver Creek Ponds Project
regulation, the Beaver Creek Ponds Project is closed to all fishing.
Allegheny River in Tionesta is frozen and not accessible by boat.
water has provided anglers the opportunity to fish from the wall for Yellow Perch,
Walleye, and Muskellunge. Anglers need a
Trout Permit to fish in the Tionesta Outflow, regardless of the species they
Presque Isle Bay
Presque Isle Bay is iced over and anglers are fishing the
entire bay west of Dobbins Landing. Anglers should use caution on the
east end of the bay due to ice breaking activities. Anglers are catching
Yellow Perch off Liberty Park and Chestnut Street by using minnows. Anglers are
catching Yellow Perch and crappie in Misery Bay. Misery Bay can be
challenging at times because it is full of Northern Pike and Largemouth Bass.
With the record snowfall that Erie received around
Christmas, many of the streams are not accessible. Most streams are
frozen, but a warm up is in the forecast so streams could open up.
Anglers are catching panfish on Lake Pleasant using small
jigs and insect larva through the ice.
Plenty of anglers are catching Yellow Perch, Bluegill, and crappie through the ice on Misery Bay.
Reports compiled by Chad Foster (email@example.com), Western Regional Education and Outreach Coordinator, using information provided by Waterways Conservation Officers, Area Fisheries Managers and other PFBC staff.