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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 – May 25, 2016
Butler County

Lake Arthur
All sizes of Largemouth Bass are being caught along the shorelines and in the coves using a night crawler and bouncing it along the bottom.  Nice catches of crappie have been reported using a white twister tail with a 1/16 oz. jig head.  Draw them out of the submerged brush piles in 7 – 9 feet of water.  Monster Channel Catfish have also been wreaking havoc on fishing gear.  A fat crawler off the bottom in a variety of areas has been popular bait for these catfish.

Crawford County

Pymatuning Reservoir
Anglers are reporting catching crappie in most of the shallow bays throughout the reservoir.  Jigs tipped with minnow or plastic grubs seem to work best under a float.  Walleye are still being caught in 8-10 foot of water near Tuttle Point by using a jig tipped with a night crawler or minnow.  Bass have moved up into the shallows and are active. Spinnerbaits, jigs, and senkos seem to be doing the best in various colors.

French Creek
Anglers are reporting Northern Pike, Walleye, and Smallmouth Bass being caught the lower stretches of French Creek. Small blade baits and fire tiger stick baits seem to get the most reaction strikes. A nice 8 mile paddle to kayak and fish would be the section from Cochranton to Utica. Jigs tipped with tubes or rubber worms seem to be doing well within that section. 

Erie County

Lake Erie
For current Lake Erie conditions call the North East Marina at 814-725-8244.
There is also a Lake Erie Near-Shore Weather/Information Buoy five miles off the mainland that allows boaters access to real time water conditions. Go to: www.PaLakeErieBuoy.com (http://wqdatalive.com/public/55 ).

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Fishing and Boating Report – May 18, 2016
Crawford County

Woodcock Creek Lake
Anglers are reporting a few Walleye and Muskellunge are being caught.

Woodcock Creek
Anglers are reporting a few Walleye which mostly are undersize, Muskellunge, and trout are being caught.

Canadohta Lake
Anglers are reporting crappie fishing has been slower than usually.

Forest County

Area Trout Waters
Trout anglers are catching trout by using worms on Beaver Run. Trout anglers using fly gear have been successful on the Tionesta Outflow using caddis dry flies and wet flies.

Allegheny River
Anglers are reporting excellent catches of Walleye on the Allegheny River from Tidioute to Tionesta.

Tionesta Lake
Crappie fishing on Tionesta Lake should start to become productive.  Anglers generally find the crappie in the upper Slow No Wake area near the submerged stumps. Live minnows hooked through the tail under a stick bobber have been a successful method in past years.  Anglers fishing from boats on Tionesta Lake, are reminded that they must wear a P.F.D. at ALL times, while onboard boats less than 16 feet in length and while onboard ALL canoes and kayaks, regardless of their length.

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Fishing and Boating Report – May 11, 2016
Crawford County

Pymatuning Reservoir
Anglers are reporting crappies are moving into the shallows.  Walleye’s are hot in the normal areas such as Tuttle Point, around the Causeway, and off points in the southern end of the lake.

Conneaut Lake
Crappies are being caught at the north end.

French Creek
With the recent rains the water levels were on the rise. Please be cautious when boating and be on the lookout for new strainers throughout the creek.

Erie County

Lake Erie
Perch have been caught off Gull Point in anywhere from 30 to 50 feet of water depending on the day. Some days are far better than others.  Many bass anglers have been hitting the lake as well along the shoreline with mixed results. Anglers are reporting throwing crankbaits for the best results.

Presque Isle Bay
The Yellow Perch have moved out to the lake and the crappie don’t seem to have turned on as of yet. Bass anglers have been hitting the bay hard and have had a mix result as well. Some anglers are catching 40 -50 or more and others are catching 4 or 5. Please remember to check your boat registrations and if you see 16 it’s expired. The valid stickers should be the 17 & 18’s.

Mercer County

Lake Wilhelm
Sheakelyville Road is getting good pressure for Black and White Crappie as well as Bluegill.

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