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


JAnuary 18, 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
Butler County          
Lake Arthur
Ice fisherman are catching a ton of crappie and Bluegill using mostly minnows. Some larger crappie were caught across from the 528 Boat Launch.  A couple anglers are catching Channel Catfish through the ice as well.
 
Crawford County
Sugar Lake
Anglers are catching a few small panfish on Sugar Lake. Meal worms or wax worms on a jig seem to be the baits of choice.
Canadohta Lake
Anglers are catching some panfish, Yellow Perch, and crappie. Jigs tipped with minnows, meal worms, or wax worms seem to be the best bait to use for these panfish. 
French Creek
French Creek has been mostly high but at times fishable. Anglers are catching several nice size Walleye throughout the Crawford County stretch of French Creek. 
 
Lawrence County
Bessemer Lake
Anglers are catching stocked trout and Largemouth Bass through the ice using minnows and maggots.
 
Warren County
Chapman Lake
Come to Warren County January 20th to the 22nd from 9am to 4pm for the Warren County Winterfest held at Chapman State Park. Bring the whole family for a variety of winter outdoor activities to enjoy. Anglers plan ahead for the ice fishing and read up on ice safety tips.

January 11, 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
Forest County
Allegheny River
Anglers have been able to launch boats from the Sand and Gravel Launch with the recent snow removal from the launch. Walleye and Muskellunge fishing has been productive 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. A 13 pound Walleye was weighed and measured at the Tionesta Hatchery that was caught from the Sand and Gravel Launch.
Tionesta Outflow
Anglers have been successful fishing from the wall for Yellow Perch, Walleye and Musky. Anglers are reminded that they must have purchased a Trout Permit to fish in the Tionesta Outflow, regardless of fishing for or keeping trout.
Tionesta Lake
Ice has started to form but is not yet safe to walk on.  Four inches of clear ice is recommended for individual travel upon ice.  People walking on ice covered bodies of water should wear a PFD, carry ice awls, and walk/fish with a partner.
 
Mercer County
Lake Wilhelm
For the first few weeks of 2017, weather has been cold and then warm. There has been some ice fishing activity on the lake but not a lot. Be safe and make sure to drill test holes and carry ice awls..

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.