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Map highlighting counties in the Northwest RegionREGION COUNTIES -- Butler, Clarion, Crawford, Erie, Forest, Lawrence, Mercer, Venango, Warren (County Guide)

Reports compiled by Chad Foster (chfoster@pa.gov), Northwest Regional Education Specialist, using information provided by Waterways Conservation Officers, Area Fisheries Managers and other PFBC staff.

Fishing and Boating Report – April 22, 2015
Western Erie County

Upper Gravel Pits, Walnut, Elk, and Crooked Creeks
The weather cooperated and the tributaries were stocked for opening day. Lots of anglers of all ages lined the banks of the west county tributaries and there was much success.  Along with nice sized stocked brown trout to the occasional fresh steelhead, anglers had a good weekend. Additionally, it’s that time of year for kid’s derbies and many new faces will get their first taste of landing the big one.  As a dad introducing my oldest son to fishing, it’s a great feeling introducing kids to fishing.  A child can learn a lot outdoors that they cannot learn in a classroom, so get out there and share our sport anglers.

Boat anglers at Fairview Gravel Pits
Boat anglers enjoyed the Fairview Gravel Pits during the first day of trout on April 18

Gage with steelhead jack
Gage Aiello from Johnsonburg, PA caught this Steelhead jack while fishing the Elk Creek Access Area on April 18

Taylor and family
Taylor King and her family enjoy the beautiful weather at Folly’s End Campground on Elk Creek. Congrats on catching your first fish!

Lake Erie
With the warmer temperatures and open waters near shore, a few boaters have ventured out of Walnut Creek Marina in search of Yellow Perch.  The Walnut Creek Channel is scheduled to be dredged after the docks are installed at North East Marina which begins Monday April 20th.   Smaller and shallow draft boats are able to get into the lake even though the channel is full of sediment. 

Crawford County

Pymatuning Reservoir 
Crappies and Yellow Perch have been caught in the bays in the North end of the lake.  Jigs tipped with minnows seem to be the ticket.  Muskies have been caught throughout the lake especially in the shallow areas.

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Fishing and Boating Report – April 15, 2015
Clarion County

Kahle Lake
Several anglers have reported the bite has been slow but have managed to land a few crappies.

Piney Dam
Notice to all anglers & boaters recreating on Piney Dam. Beginning on April 1, 2015 thru October 31, 2016 Brookfield Power will draw down the level of Piney Dam to a level approximately 5 feet below normal pool to conduct repairs to the dam. These repairs will consist of the complete rebuild of the 14 discharge gates of the dam.

The repairs to each gate will take approximately 6-8 weeks. Brookfield Power acknowledges the drawdown during this period will affect docks and recreation boating on Piney Dam. The drawdown may also affect the Toby & Mill Creek Boat Launches.

Brookfield Power will be placing notices in the local newspapers to alert the public of the repairs and impacts to Piney Dam. They also will be placing signage at the Toby and Mill Creek boat launches to alert the boaters and anglers to the drawdown.

The contact person at Brookfield Power for any questions is Randy Garletts, his phone number is 301-387-6616.

Allegheny River
A few Walleyes and Northern Pike are being reported near the I-80 Bridge, Parker islands, and the mouths of the Clarion River & Redbank Creek. The PFBC’s Parker Access Area has been reopened.

Piney Creek DHALO Area
Anglers continue to do well in the project. Anglers are reminded only artificial lures maybe used in the project and the use or possession of bait is prohibited.

Pre-Season Trout Stockings

4/13 - East Sandy Creek (Clarion Co) and Bear & Silver Creeks (Butler Co) - Meet stocking truck 11:30 a.m. Bruin Bowling Alley State Route 268 in Bruin.
4/14 - Mill Creek & Cather’s Run - Meet stocking truck 10:45 a.m. Leeper Red & White store Int. of SR36 & 66.
4/15 - Toms Run - Meet stocking truck 11:30 a.m. Cook Forest State Park SR 36 Cooksburg.

Notice to anglers fishing Canoe Creek on the opening day. The section of Canoe Creek that runs under the I-80 bridge on Tippecanoe Road was not stocked due to the road closure & construction work that is currently being conducted on the bridges there.  

Venango County

AN ANGLER’S CODE OF ETHICS:
As the 2015 trout season approaches, please keep the following in mind… When afield, practice sound conservation ethics; be mindful that landowners are not required to post against trespass.  Pennsylvania law requires that you, the land user, obtain prior permission of the landowner before engaging in any activity on their property.  Many local landowners extend anglers the courtesy of fishing opportunities on their lands; therefore, you are their guest.  Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission signage is routinely placed along those stream sections open to public fishing.  When in doubt, stay out.

Remember, ethical anglers DO NOT litter.  Additionally, they do not camp, build fires, cut trees, block gates, roadways, or driveways, nor do they operate any motorized vehicle (ATV’s included) on property of another without advanced permission of the landowner.  These unlawful actions will, and do, get ground POSTED!

Allegheny River
Boaters are reminded to always wear a personal flotation device that is serviceable and of the proper size.  Additionally, prepare a float plan and provide it to a reliable someone who will immediately activate emergency services in the event you do not return in the time indicated.

French Creek
Canoeists and kayakers are beginning to traverse this waterway again.  All operators are encouraged to scout ahead as stream conditions have been impacted by previous high water events.

Oil Creek
Smallmouth Bass are again being targeted between Rynd Farm and Oil City.
Walleye anglers have been seen in and around this waterway’s lower reaches.

Trout opener and kids
Here are five (5) kid friendly spots on a handful of Venango County’s Approved Trout Waters…

  1. Justus Lake; Twomile Run County Park—within Oakland Township & Sugarcreek Borough
  2. Oil Creek; Oil Creek State Park to Drake Well along bike trail—within Cornplanter, Cherrytree & Oil Creek Township(s).
  3. East Sandy Creek; SR 322 through Cranberry-Rockland Road (Rails to Trails Bike Path)—in Rockland Twp.
  4. Sandy Creek; Seneca Hills Bible Camp (Old SR 8 @ Pecan)—in Victory Township.
  5. Sugar Creek; SR 427 Bridge through baseball field(s)—in Cooperstown Borough.
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Fishing and Boating Report – April 8, 2015
Clarion County

Piney Dam
Notice to all anglers & boaters recreating on Piney Dam. Beginning on April 1, 2015 thru October 31, 2016 Brookfield Power will draw down the level of Piney Dam to a level approximately 5 feet below normal pool to conduct repairs to the dam. These repairs will consist of the complete rebuild of the 14 discharge gates of the dam. The repairs to each gate will take approximately 6-8 weeks. Brookfield Power acknowledges the drawdown during this period will affect docks and recreation boating on Piney Dam. The drawdown may also affect the Toby & Mill Creek Boat Launches. Brookfield Power will be placing notices in the local newspapers to alert the public of the repairs and impacts to Piney Dam. They also will be placing signage at the Toby and Mill Creek boat launches to alert the boaters and anglers to the drawdown. Contact person at Brookfield Power for any questions is Randy Garletts. Phone number is (301) 387-6616.

Piney Creek DHALO Area
Anglers continue to do well in the project. Anglers are reminded only artificial lures maybe used in the project and the use or possession of bait is prohibited.

Pre-Season Trout Stockings

4/13 - East Sandy Creek (Clarion Co) and Bear & Silver Creeks (Butler Co) - Meet stocking truck 11:30 am Bruin Bowling Alley State Route 268 in Bruin.

4/14 - Mill Creek & Cather’s Run - Meet stocking truck 10:45 am Leeper Red & White store Int. of SR36 & 66.

4/15 - Toms Run - Meet stocking truck 11:30 am Cook Forest State Park SR 36 Cooksburg.

In-season Trout Stockings

4/22 – Mill & Canoe Creeks and Turkey Run - Meet stocking truck 10:45 am Int. of SR 36 & 66 at Leeper Red & White Store.

4/22 - Redbank Creek - Meet stocking truck 10:30 am Plyler's Buffet & Family Restaurant SR 36 Brookville.

4/30 - Toms Run & Coon Creek - Meet stocking truck 11:30 am Cook Forest State Park SR 36 Cooksburg.

5/7 - Cathers Run & Mill Creek - Meet stocking truck 10:45 am Int. SR 36 & 66 Leeper Red & White Store.

5/13 - Redbank Creek - Meet stocking truck 10:30 am Plyler's Buffet & Family Restaurant SR 36 Brookville.

5/14 – Bear, Silver Creeks & Beaver Creek - Meet stocking truck 10:45am Bruin bowling alley SR268 in Bruin.

5/20 - East Sandy, Piney and Leatherwood Creeks - Meet stocking truck 11:15 am Exit 64 I-80 at Rehobeth Church Road parking lot.

5/22 - Toms Run = Meet stocking truck at 12 pm Cook Forest State Park SR 36 Cooksburg.

Crawford County

French Creek
As of April 2, the Cochranton Bridge will be closed.  You can still boat there but be aware of the construction.

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