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


February 22, 2017

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 through the ice. Remember SAFETY FIRST: http://www.fishandboat.com/Boat/WaterandIceSafety/Pages/default.aspx
 
Crawford County    
Pymatuning Reservoir
Anglers are catching a few Walleye near shore and at the spillway. With the abnormally warm weather we are having, some of the Walleye are moving into their pre spawn locations. Anglers are also catching crappie and Yellow Perch in different sections of the reservoir. Try using a grub tipped jig underneath a float to entice a panfish to hit. Please keep in mind that Pymatuning Reservoir is now under a new crappie regulation starting March 1st.  Black or White Crappie must be a minimum of 9 inches in length and the limit is 20.  For more information please consult this press release:    http://www.media.pa.gov/Pages/fish-and-Boat-Commission-Details.aspx?newsid=113
 
Western Erie County          
Area Steelhead Streams
Steelhead fishing has picked up recently with the warmer weather and increased snow melt. Anglers on Upper Elk Creek are doing the best when fishing with minnows under a float. Fly anglers are doing well on natural egg patterns and various light presentations. Please keep in mind Fairview State Fish Hatchery staff will be stocking Steelhead smolts in several of the Erie area tributaries this week. Please use caution when handling these fish as they are our future.  
 
All NW Region Counties
Approved Trout Waters

All approved trout waters are closed to all fishing from March 1 to 8 a.m. on the opening day of trout season. For information on trout stocking please visit the following website:  http://fbweb.pa.gov/stocking/TroutStockingDetails_GIS.aspx 


 

February 15, 2017

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 through the ice. Remember SAFETY FIRST: http://www.fishandboat.com/Boat/WaterandIceSafety/Pages/default.aspx
 
Crawford County    
French Creek
Anglers are catching a few Walleye and Northern Pike near the mouth of Conneauttee Creek.
Woodcock Creek (below Woodcock Dam)
Anglers are catching some Walleye in this area. Reminder: Woodcock Creek (including dam outflow) is Stocked Trout Waters and is closed to ALL fishing beginning March 1st through 8 a.m. opening day of trout season.
 
Eastern Erie County           
Area Steelhead Streams
Steelhead fishing has been slow. The weather just isn’t cooperating in 2017. The streams rise when it warms up and then it turns bitter cold. 16 Mile has been the best stream of late. Prepare for anything as far as the weather is concerned and be careful; Erie tributaries can rise very quickly.
Inland Lakes
Inland fishing is non-existent. The ice comes and goes. Even when the ice is thick enough, the fishing has been spotty. Lake LeBouef has been flooding so that hasn’t had any anglers on it. Howard Eaton had a few people out with limited success on Largemouth Bass and panfish. Howard Eaton has aerators in the water so use extreme caution where you walk.
Inland Streams
Inland streams close March 1st until the first day of trout.
Central Erie County           
Area Steelhead Streams
The Erie tributaries are free of ice and the forecast looks like they will remain that way for a while. With all the recent rain and snow melt, some Steelhead have come in.
Presque Isle Bay
Anglers are catching some nice Yellow Perch shore fishing from Dobbins Landing and the Old Border Patrol building.        
 
Warren County        
Allegheny River
Anglers are reporting great Walleye fishing around Mead Island area. Most of the good fishing starts at the island and continues down to the Starbrick Access area on the Allegheny River. The preferred bait for Walleye is jigs or some of the anglers are using a combo of a jig with a minnow. Please monitor the water conditions because the river can rise quickly.

Reports compiled by Chad Foster (chfoster@pa.gov), Western Regional Education and Outreach Coordinator, using information provided by Waterways Conservation Officers, Area Fisheries Managers and other PFBC staff.