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


March 22, 2017

Clarion County
Kahle Lake
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
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.
Allegheny River
Anglers 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.
 
Mercer County
Shenango River
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. 
 
Venango County
Approved/Stocked Trout Waters
Approved 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 Waters)
Anglers 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
Trout 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).
Allegheny River
Anglers are catching Walleye throughout the Venango county section of the Allegheny River.  Anglers are using jigs and live minnows as the bait of choice.
French Creek
Anglers 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.
Oil Creek
Anglers 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.
Oil Creek stocking.jpg 
Volunteers and PFBC staff assisted with the trout stockings of the new Keystone Select section on Oil Creek on 3/20/17.
 
Erie County
Walnut Creek Access Area 
 Walnut dredging.jpg
Walnut Creek Access Area's channel dredging has started to remove sediment and the sandbar created by the winter storms.

 

march 15, 2017

Clarion County
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.
Piney Dam
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.
Allegheny River
Some anglers are catching a few Walleyes in the Foxburg pool.
 
Crawford County
Woodcock Creek
Woodcock 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.
Tamarack Lake
Tamarack Lake construction is expected to begin late fall of 2017 and is scheduled for completion in early 2019.
 
Central Erie County
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 is 30.
 
Forest County
Allegheny River
Anglers 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 Pike.
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 (Nebraska Bridge)
Anglers 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 Nebraska Bridge.
Ross Run
The 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 (chfoster@pa.gov), Western Regional Education and Outreach Coordinator, using information provided by Waterways Conservation Officers, Area Fisheries Managers and other PFBC staff.