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

august 16, 2017

Crawford County
Canadohta Lake
Anglers are catching a few Largemouth Bass and some Muskellunge throughout the lake.
Woodcock Lake
Anglers are catching a few Walleye, Muskellunge, and some nice size Smallmouth Bass.
Woodcock Creek (below the dam)
Anglers are catching Bowfin, Walleye, and Muskellunge. Bowfin are native to Pennsylvania and should be released unharmed.
Central Erie County
Lake Erie
Anglers are catching Walleye anywhere in the lake from more than 60 feet of water.  Anglers are catching many sub-legal Walleye so please check your rods often to make sure you do not have one on.  Anglers are catching Yellow Perch off Walnut Creek, Gull Point, and Shades Beach.
Western Erie County
Fairview Gravel Pits
Anglers are catching some panfish at the Fairview Gravel Pit. The bait of choice is still grubs and minnows.
Lake Erie
Anglers out of the Walnut Creek Marina are catching Walleye in 55 to 70 feet of water from the marina straight out and all the way to the Ohio Line.  Anglers are catching their limit of Yellow Perch straight out of Walnut Creek in 50 to 60 feet of water.  For current Lake Erie conditions, call the Walnut Creek Marina at (814) 833-2464
Warren County
Kinzua Reservoir
Anglers are catching Walleye at the mouths of Sugar Bay and Willow Bay.
Chapman Lake
Chapman Lake is still full of water and fish. Anglers are catching some trout and Largemouth Bass throughout the lake.

august 9, 2017

Butler County
Lake Arthur
Anglers are catching Walleye and Channel Catfish off the old 422 roadbed by jigging night crawlers off the bottom.  Anglers are trolling with crankbaits near the bottom for Walleye, but they are having more success catching Channel Catfish. Anglers are catching panfish using minnows under a bobber over weed beds and/or submerged deadfalls. Anglers are catching a good number of Hybrid Striped Bass at night by boat, but daytime fishing for Hybrid Striped Bass is yielding more jacks than mature fish.
Eastern Erie County
Lake Erie
Anglers are catching Walleye out of North East Marina on Lake Erie. They are in 50 to 60 feet of water, east and west of the marina. Anglers are using crankbaits and crawler harnesses. Anglers are catching a lot of smaller fish, right at the limit of 15 inches. This should mean that the next few years should be excellent for Walleye. The perch fishing on Lake Erie is getting better. Anglers are finding perch in 57 feet of water off the W’s. For current Lake Erie conditions, call Northeast Marina at 814-725-8244.
Lake Pleasant
Anglers are catching Yellow Perch, Bluegill and trout from boats on Lake Pleasant. Worms and minnows are the go to bait.
Lake LeBoeuf
Anglers are catching crappie in Lake LeBoeuf. Small crankbaits are the ticket. Anglers are catching some Northern Pike off the dock as well.
Forest County
Allegheny River
Anglers are catching several Smallmouth Bass using tube jigs and live bait.  River levels are low and weeds will become more prevalent, which can cause some navigation issues for jet boat operators.
Tionesta Lake
Anglers are catching several Smallmouth Bass which is a change compared to previous years.
Tionesta Creek
Tionesta Creek from Kellettville to Nebraska Bridge is still productive for Smallmouth Bass and Muskellunge fishing.  Water levels are low, which could make navigation of a canoe or kayak difficult. Anglers have been successful catching catfish from Nebraska Bridge.
Clarion River
Water levels are low; however, anglers are catching Smallmouth Bass and an occasional Walleye.  Boaters are reminded that children 12 years of age and younger must wear a PFD while underway while in a canoe, kayak, or boats 20 feet in length or less. Boaters should also be aware of State Park regulations while navigating through Cook Forest State Park.

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.