NW Region Reports
REGION COUNTIES -- Butler, Clarion, Crawford, Erie, Forest, Lawrence, Mercer, Venango, Warren (County Guide)
March 22, 2017
Kahle Lake continues to be in a
drawdown state. All boats, including canoes and kayaks must be registered or
have a launch permit to use this facility.
Piney Dam continues to be in a
drawdown state and is approximately 6’ below normal pool levels. All boats,
including canoes and kayaks, using the PFBC’s Mill Creek Access Area must be
registered or have a launch permit to use this facility.
are catching a few Walleyes in the Foxburg pool. A few anglers are catching
Muskellunge and Northern Pike near the confluence of Redbank Creek.
Pre-Season Trout Stockings
March 28th at 11:15 am (Rescheduled from
3/10/17) = Piney Creek, Piney Creek DHALO & Leatherwood Creek – Meet
stocking truck at Exit 64 I-80 at the Rehobeth Church Road Parking Lot.
The Shenango Outflow down to the Walnut Street Bridge is
designated as a year round trout fishery, so a current trout/salmon stamp is
required to fish that area regardless of species of fish that you are targeting
or harvesting. On March 1, trout creel limit will be 0 until the opening
day. For those anglers that are
targeting Walleye, the season went out March 14th.
Approved/Stocked Trout Waters
Trout Waters are closed to all fishing activities as of March 1. Approved/Stocked Trout Waters will reopen
with the start of the statewide trout season as of 8 am on April 15, 2017.
Walleye Closure (Commonwealth Inland
are reminded that Walleye season closed on March 15th. As of that date, through 12:01 am on the first
Saturday in May, no Walleye may be taken, killed, or held in field possession.
Venango County Trout Stocking for 2017
stocking in Venango County begins on March 7th. Individuals wishing
to attend are urged to reference the 2017 TROUT STOCKING link found on
the agency’s home page, www.fishandboat.com, in order to verify
the appropriate date and time of your favorite stream(s).
are catching Walleye throughout the Venango county section of the Allegheny
River. Anglers are using jigs and live
minnows as the bait of choice.
are catching Walleye and the occasional
Northern Pike throughout French Creek. Anglers
are catching most of the Walleye and Northern Pike on minnows and jigs.
are catching Walleye in the stream’s lower reaches, particularly near its
confluence with the Allegheny River. Please
remember that the APPROVED/STOCKED TROUT WATER SECTION(S) closed to all fishing
as of March 1, this INCLUDES THE TAKING OF MINNOWS.
MANDATORY PFD (LIFE-JACKET) WEAR REMAINS IN EFFECT:
During the period of November 1st through April 30th, ALL BOATERS are required to wear a life jacket, at all times, while on watercraft less than 16’ in length or ANY canoe or kayak.
OIL CREEK (SECTION 7) ADDED TO KEYSTONE SELECT TROUT STOCKED PROGRAM:
The 1.55 mile Lower Delayed Harvest (Petroleum Center to Columbia Farm Railroad Bridge) has been added to the PFBC Keystone Select program. Beyond an allotment of regularly stocked trout, anglers will have opportunity to catch additionally supplemented 14”-20” trophy trout.
Volunteers and PFBC staff assisted with the trout stockings of the new Keystone Select section on Oil Creek on 3/20/17.
Walnut Creek Access Area's channel dredging has started to remove sediment and the sandbar created by the winter storms.
march 15, 2017
Anglers are catching a few crappies,
Yellow Perch and Bluegills. The lake continues
to be in a drawdown state. All boats, including canoes & kayaks must be
registered or have a launch permit to use this facility.
Anglers are catching some Yellow
Perch and a few Walleyes. Piney Dam continues to be in a drawdown state and is
approximately 6’ below normal pool levels. All boats, including canoes &
kayaks, using the PFBC’s Mill Creek Access Area must be registered or have a
launch permit to use this facility.
anglers are catching a few Walleyes in the Foxburg pool.
Creek from the Woodcock Creek Dam outflow to the mouth is Stocked Trout Waters
and is closed to ALL Fishing March 1st until 08:00 am on the opening
day of trout season (April 15th). Additionally, Woodcock Creek above
Woodcock Lake is Stocked Trout Waters. Woodcock Lake IS open year round to
fishing and is not stocked with trout.
Lake construction is expected to begin late fall of 2017 and is scheduled for
completion in early 2019.
Presque Isle Bay
Yellow Perch fishing is in full swing right now with
anglers catching good numbers of Yellow Perch. The bait of choice is
minnows. Please remember the size limit is 7 Inches and the daily limit
are catching Walleye 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
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 (Nebraska Bridge)
have been successful fishing for crappie, Yellow Perch and Bluegill from the Nebraska
Bridge. The boat launch at Nebraska Bridge
is open and anglers have been successful fishing the shoreline downstream of
Kellettville Sportsman’s Club will be conducting a children’s fishing derby on
April 22, 2017, at the Children Only Fishing Area of Ross Run. Children must be
12 years of age or younger to participate.
Reports compiled by Chad Foster (email@example.com), Western Regional Education and Outreach Coordinator, using information provided by Waterways Conservation Officers, Area Fisheries Managers and other PFBC staff.