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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 – February 10, 2016
Crawford County

Woodcock Creek (below the Dam)
Anglers are reporting Walleyes along with a few Muskies are being caught.

Erie County

Walnut Creek, Elk Creek, Crooked Creek, Upper Gravel Pit
At the time of this writing the western tributaries are all open and flowing at good levels.  Angler pressure is very low.  Anglers are reporting the most success at the lower stretches of Walnut and Elk Creeks.  Additionally, anglers are also having limited success on the Gravel Pit.

Forest County

Allegheny River
The ice on the Allegheny River has cleared out and anglers have been fishing the Tionesta Pool with boats and from shore.  Anglers have been catching Musky and Northern Pike in the Tionesta Pool. The Walleye fishing this season has not been as productive as past years.

Basic Boating Class to be scheduled
A Boating Safety class will be offered this summer at Tionesta Lake Visitors Center.  The date and time have not been set but will be advertised.

Venango County

Venango County Trout Stockings for 2016
Trout stocking in Venango County begins on March 08th. Individuals wishing to attend are urged to reference the 2016 TROUT STOCKING link found on the agency’s home page, at www.fishandboat.com, in order to verify the appropriate date and time of your favorite stream(s).

Allegheny River
Walleye anglers continue to cast their lines, especially from Oil Creek to French Creek, and at the mouth of Mill Creek.

French Creek
Fishing and boating activities continue to be hampered by stream conditions. Walleye anglers have been encountered from above Utica to Takitezy, however, water is very murky and no recent catches have been reported.

Oil Creek
The Delayed Harvest(s) as well as the section from Columbia to Rynd Farm is scheduled for trout stocking on Tuesday, March 22nd, 2016.  Meeting time is 10:00 A.M. at the Rynd Farm Train Station.

Justus Lake
Fishing activity has been slow of late, despite a sizable stocking of trout a few months ago.

Allegheny River Hazard
Watercraft operators should be aware that the ice control device spanning the Allegheny River, upstream of the State Street (Veteran’s) Bridge, in the City of Oil City, has been placed.  Boaters are urged to use caution when operating in this area.  A navigation channel/slot exists for the use of recreational watercraft traffic; it is located just to river left of center (southern shore).

Reminder: The PFBC does not monitor ice thickness.  Ice thickness and conditions can vary greatly across the lake. Use caution as you head out onto the ice. A life jacket and a set of ice awls can be extremely important if you fall though the ice. Remember SAFETY FIRST: http://fishandboat.com/safety.htm

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Fishing and Boating Report – February 3, 2016
Butler County

Lake Arthur
Anglers are reporting good numbers of legal Largemouth Bass and large Bluegill have been reported in the Muddy Creek area.

Lake Oneida/Thorn Run Reservoir
Ice fishing at these impoundments is not permitted.  Please review regulation signs posted at these water areas.

Harbar Acres Lake (SGL 95)
This lake will receive a trout stocking on March 1st.  Anglers are reminded that from March 1st until 8 a.m. on the opening day of trout season in April the possession limit is 0 (catch and release only).

Crawford County

Pymatuning Reservoir
Anglers are reporting crappies, Yellow Perch, and Walleye being caught off of Tuttle Point.

French Creek
The creek has shore ice with some flow ice.  Almost open waters from Wilson Chutes to Cochranton.

Mercer County

Shenango Reservoir
Anglers are reporting catches of panfish in the popular fishing areas to include Golden Run and the Swim Beach.

Shenango River
The water levels are average for this time of year, depending on how the recent snow melt affected the water.  There are still plenty of stocked trout below the Shenango Reservoir outflow.  This area is designated as a year round trout fishery so a current trout/salmon stamp is required to fish the area from the outflow to the Walnut Street Bridge regardless of species of fish that you are targeting or harvesting.  The creel limit is 3 fish.

Reminder: The PFBC does not monitor ice thickness.  Ice thickness and conditions can vary greatly across the lake. Use caution as you head out onto the ice. A life jacket and a set of ice awls can be extremely important if you fall though the ice. Remember SAFETY FIRST: http://fishandboat.com/safety.htm

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Fishing and Boating Report – January 27, 2016
Western Erie County

Walnut Creek, Elk Creek, Crooked Creek, Upper Gravel Pit
At the time of this writing all of the western Lake Erie Tributaries are almost completely frozen. There are some stretches of open water but there is also bank ice.  The Upper Gravel Pit is iced over, but ice thickness is not conducive to ice fishing.  Some hard water anglers are fishing for Steelhead through the ice at the Walnut Creek Marina Basin. 

Central Erie County

Presque Isle Bay, Misery Bay
Ice anglers continue to do well on panfish. Plenty of nice sized Bluegill, crappie, and Yellow Perch were observed over the weekend. With the warmer temperatures please be careful as you venture out onto the ice. The ice thickness can vary from day to day.

Misery Bay

Reminder: The PFBC does not monitor ice thickness.  Ice thickness and conditions can vary greatly across the lake. Use caution as you head out onto the ice. A life jacket and a set of ice awls can be extremely important if you fall though the ice. Remember SAFETY FIRST: http://fishandboat.com/safety.htm

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