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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:
Crawford County
Sugar Lake
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.
Conneaut Lake
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.
Erie County
Area Steelhead Tributaries
The bitter cold temperatures this week have the mile streams iced over.
Lake Pleasant
Anglers are catching trout and panfish on Lake Pleasant on live baits including grubs and minnows.
Eaton Reservoir,
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

Clarion County
Kahle Lake
Ice anglers are catching good numbers of Yellow Perch, Bluegills, and crappies.
Piney Dam
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
By regulation, the Beaver Creek Ponds Project is closed to all fishing.
Forest County
Allegheny River
The Allegheny River in Tionesta is frozen and not accessible by boat. 
Tionesta Outflow
Open 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 are targeting.
Erie County
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.
Area Steelhead Tributaries
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.
Lake Pleasant
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 (, Western Regional Education and Outreach Coordinator, using information provided by Waterways Conservation Officers, Area Fisheries Managers and other PFBC staff.