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REGION COUNTIES -- Butler, Clarion, Crawford, Erie, Forest, Lawrence, Mercer, Venango, Warren (County Guide)

April 26, 2017

Crawford County
Pymatuning Reservoir
Anglers are catching crappies, Yellow Perch, Bluegill and Channel Catfish throughout the reservoir. The Walleye spawn seems to be over with so they should be hitting in the lake soon.
Conneaut Lake
Anglers are catching crappies at the north end. The hot bait seems to be jigs tipped with a minnow or wax worms.
Mercer County
Lake Wilhelm
Anglers are catching crappies and Bluegill at the Sheakleyville road bridge and at launch 3.
Venango County
Allegheny River
When the river conditions allow for boats to be on the water, Smallmouth Bass continue to top the catch chart.
French Creek
Anglers are catching Walleye and Northern Pike throughout the waterway.
Oil Creek
Anglers are catching Smallmouth Bass and Walleye along the stream’s lower stretches, particularly near its confluence with the Allegheny River.
Warren County
Farnsworth Branch
Anglers are catching some nice Brook Trout in this stocked trout waterway where the water bends. The baits that have been working well since opening day were salted minnows and paste baits.


april 19, 2017

Clarion County
Kahle Lake
Kahle Lake continues to be in a drawdown state. The level of the lake has been raised approximately three feet. If no problems exist, the lake will be maintained at this level. Anglers are catching Largemouth Bass, Bluegills, crappies & some nice Yellow Perch. Kayak anglers, who are fishing with soft plastics in a variety of colors and sizes, are catching a lot of Largemouth Bass. With the raised water levels, anglers should target the area where the old shoreline was. The bass are holding tight to the newly created habitat. Anglers and boaters are reminded that Kahle Lake is a PFBC-owned lake. All boats, including canoes and kayaks, must be registered or have a launch permit to use this facility.
Piney Dam
Piney Dam continues to be in a drawdown state and is approximately 6 feet below normal pool levels. Anglers are catching some Yellow Perch and a few crappies.  Anglers and boaters using the Mill Creek or the Gravel Lick Access Areas are reminded that these are PFBC-owned access areas and that all boats, including canoes & kayaks, must be registered or have a launch permit to use these facilities.
Allegheny River
Anglers are catching a few Walleyes between Emlenton and Parker. Some Muskellunge and Northern Pike have been reported near the confluences of the Clarion River and Redbank Creek.
Redbank Creek
Anglers are catching a few Walleyes and Northern Pike below the dam in New Bethlehem. The Hawthorn Rod & Gun Club stocked its Co-Op trout in Redbank Creek & Pine Run. Anglers are catching nice trout from Hawthorn to the dam in New Bethlehem.
Beaver Creek Ponds Project
Currently the Beaver Ponds are closed to all fishing.
Piney Creek DHALO Area
Anglers have been doing well here. Anglers are reminded that use or possession of bait and the keeping or possession of trout while fishing in the project waters is prohibited.
In-Season Trout Stockings
4/19 - Mill Creek, Canoe Creek & Turkey Run - Meet the stocking truck at 10:45 am at the Leeper Red & White Store on SR 36 & SR 66.
4/25 - Redbank Creek – Meet the stocking truck at 10:30 am at Plyler’s Buffet & Family Restaurant on SR 36 in Brookville.
4/27 - Toms Run, Coon Creek = Meet the stocking truck at 11:30 am at Cooks Forest Park Office on SR 36.
Central Erie County
Presque Isle Bay
The bay has been producing some very nice sized Yellow Perch. Anglers can still catch some nice fish off the end of Liberty Park, Dobbins Landing, Holland Street Dock, and the North and South Piers. The crappie bite will be next; so stay tuned. Blue 2017 registration decals are expired as of 3/31/17; so be sure to renew your registration before using your boat!
Stocked Trout Waters
Trout season is in full swing on Cascade Creek and at the East and West Basin ponds on Presque Isle State Park. The basin ponds have been stocked twice already. Please remember until the end of April, if you’re out on a kayak, canoe, or a boat less than 16 feet, you must wear your life jacket at all times.
 Gravel pits opening day 2017 compressed.JPG
Anglers were catching some trout on opening day at the Fairview Gravel Pits.


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.