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

april 18, 2018

REMINDER – Mandatory Cold Weather Life Jacket Wear began on November 1, 2017 and runs through April 30, 2018. 
In-season Trout Stocking Schedules can be found here: 
Clarion County
Kahle Lake
Anglers are catching Largemouth Bass, Bluegill, crappies, and Yellow Perch. 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.
Crawford County
ers are catching Walleye, Yellow Perch, and crappie throughout most of the bays in the north end of the lake. The Walleye anglers are targeting gravel points at dusk with stickbaits and jigs. Yellow Perch and crappie anglers are using jigs tipped with minnows under a float around shallow structure. The minimum size for crappie is 9 inches and the daily limit is 20 on Pymatuning Reserv
Conneaut Lake
Anglers are catching crappies at the north end. The hot bait seems to be jigs tipped with a minnow or wax worms.
Erie County
Stocked Trout Waters
Anglers had a great opening day of Trout season on Saturday April 14. Anglers were catching Brown and Rainbow Trout using mealworms, wax worms, and various colors of pastebaits.
Isle Bay
Anglers are catching Yellow Perch in Presque Isle Bay and along the Bayfront. Anglers are concentrated at Liberty Park, Dobbins Landing, and the Port Authority Building. Minnows seem to be the bait of choice.
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Jared Sayers and his son Mason were fishing Upper Elk Creek and caught several Brown Trout on opening day.


april 11, 2018

larion County
Kahle Lake
glers are catching some Bluegills, crappies, and Yellow Perch.
Piney Dam and the Upper Clarion River
Anglers are catching Yellow Perch and a few Walleye.  
Lower Clarion River (Piney Dam to Confluence with Allegheny River)
Anglers are catching a few Muskellunge and Northern Pike near the confluence with the Allegheny River.
Allegheny River (Emlenton to Lock #9)
The PFBC’s Parker City and Brady’s Bend Access Areas have reopened. Anglers are catching Northern Pike, Walleye, and Smallmouth Bass in the Parker area.
Redbank Creek
nglers are catching Northern Pike and a few Walleye near the dam in New Bethlehem. Some anglers are catching Northern Pike and a few Muskellunge at the confluence with the Allegheny River.
Preseason Trout Stockings
4/12/18 Cather’s Run and Mill Creek – Meet the stocking truck at 11:30am at the Leeper Red & White Store located at the intersection on SR 66 & SR 36 in Leeper.
Crawford County
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awn, from Conneautville, caught this Hybrid Striped Bass from Pymatuning last week that weighed 12 pounds and was 28 inches long.
Erie County
Steelhead Tributaries
The Lake Erie tributaries have been stocked with Steelhead smolts. These are the future of our Steelhead fishery so use caution if you catch one. Lake Erie tributaries will close on April 12th at midnight until April 14th at 8 am. Stocking of the tributaries will take place on Friday, April 13th and we will be meeting at St. Francis-Xavier Church on Rt. 99 at 11:00 am. 
Presque Isle Bay
Anglers are catching Yellow Perch from boats in front of DonJon Ship Yard.  Minnows and small jigs from boats are working well. 
Forest County
Allegheny River
Anglers are catching Northern Pike and Muskellunge from the shore and from boats.  Anglers can also access the Sand and Gravel Island from the parking area near the Lighthouse and walk to the Allegheny River or Tionesta Creek.  The confluence of the Allegheny River and Council Run is also productive for Musky and Northern Pike. Northern Pike must be 24 inches or more to keep and Musky must be 40 inches or more to keep.  The daily limit for pike is (2) and musky is (1).  Walleye season is currently closed until May 5, 2018.
Tionesta Outflow
Anglers must purchase a Trout Permit to fish in the Tionesta Outflow, regardless of fishing for or keeping trout.
Trout Stocked Waters
All trout stocked waters are closed to fishing until 8:00am on Saturday April 14, 2018 (Please consult your 2018 Summary of Fishing Regulations for a complete list of Trout Stocked Waters.)
Ross Run
The Kellettville Sportsman’s Club will be conducting a children’s fishing derby on April 15, 2018, at the Children Only Fishing Area of Ross Run. Children must be 12 years of age or younger to participate.
Mercer County
Mentored Youth Day 2018
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Cameron, age 7, caught these 2 Golden Rainbow Trout during the Statewide Mentored Youth Trout Day on Saturday April 7, 2018. Congratulations Cameron!
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The Ohl family had a great Mentored Youth Trout Day on Lake Julia, near Hermitage! Congrats to all!

Reports compiled by Chad Foster (, Northwest Region Education Specialist, using information provided by Waterways Conservation Officers, Area Fisheries Managers and other PFBC staff.