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

june 21, 2017

Butler County
Lake Arthur
Anglers are catching sunfish, crappie, Channel Catfish, Muskellunge, Striped Bass, and Largemouth Bass.  The bait of choice seems to be live bait including night crawlers and minnows. Anglers are a catching a couple Largemouth Bass and Muskellunge on lures.
Crawford County
Woodcock Creek Lake
Anglers are catching a few Muskellunge, Walleye, and Smallmouth Bass. Leeches have been working for Walleye. Top water baits and soft plastics seem to be the best choice for Smallmouth Bass.
Woodcock Creek (Dam Outflow)
Anglers are catching a few Walleye, Muskellunge, and Bluegills.
Canadohta Lake
Anglers are catching a few Largemouth Bass.
Forest County
Allegheny River
Anglers are catching Northern Pike using spoons and live bait near the Sand and Gravel Launch in Tionesta. Canoes and kayaks should avoid stringing out across the river channel because it makes it difficult for jet boats to navigate the channel, due to their limited ability to maneuver in the shallow water.  All boaters need to be courteous to one another.  Also, operators of unpowered watercraft (canoes and kayaks) are reminded that is illegal to operate while under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs.
Tionesta Lake
A few reminders to boaters: the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Slow No Wake Area is still in effect and it extends from the point to the dam. Boaters must be 100 feet from shore while traveling faster that slow no wake speed.  Boats traveling faster than slow no wake speed must also stay 50 feet to the side of other boats that are underway and 100 feet to the rear of other boats underway.  Courtesy and common sense can also ensure everyone has a safe and enjoyable time on the water.
Warren County
Kinzua Reservoir
Anglers are catching Walleye in the Willow Bay area.  Another good spot on the reservoir for fishing is to find the devil’s elbow. Anglers can locate that spot by heading towards the Kinzua Dam. Once past Kinzua Point off route 59, the spot is under the small bridge on route 59.

june 14, 2017

Crawford County
Conneaut Lake
Anglers are catching panfish and Largemouth Bass throughout the lake. Anglers are targeting the panfish on the north end of the lake. Pleasure boating is on the rise.
Pymatuning Reservoir
Anglers are catching crappies, Channel Catfish, Yellow Perch, Largemouth Bass, and Walleye. For panfish, anglers should target the shallow areas out to about 6 foot of water.
French Creek
Anglers are catching Smallmouth Bass, Walleye, and Northern Pike. Canoers and kayakers are reminded that they must have an unpowered registration or a launch permit to use PFBC launch areas along French Creek.
Mercer County
Lake Wilhelm
Anglers are catching Bluegills, crappies, and Largemouth Bass throughout the lake. Panfish are hitting live bait under a float. Wax, meal, or red worms have all been working lately.  
Western Erie County
Walnut Creek
Anglers are catching Walleye out in front of the Walnut Creek Access Area. Night time fishing for Walleye is pretty good and the daytime has just now started.  The Walleye are in shallow but there are a lot of little ones again this year.  That is a good sign for future fishing. There will be some construction going on in the creek starting soon and will last for 3 weeks. 
Eastern Erie County
Anglers are catching panfish out of Lake Pleasant, Union City Reservoir, and Howard Eaton Reservoir. Worms and minnows are the bait of choice. Most of the Walleye action is on the west side of the county. Smallmouth Bass are being caught from the W’s to East Avenue using soft plastics and jerk baits.
French Creek
French Creek has been heavily used by kayakers. Make sure to have your life jacket with you.
Lake Erie
For current Lake Erie conditions, call Northeast Marina at 814-725-8244.

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.