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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 – July 1, 2015
Crawford County

Conneaut Lake
Conneaut Lake has a lot of water in it so be aware of docks and other boats. Remember you are responsible for the wake your boat creates.
 
Western Erie County

Walnut Creek Access Area
Anglers are starting to report limits being caught of Yellow Perch. They are out in 51’ to 53’ of water straight out of Walnut Creek. There also is a pack that sets up in around 38’ off of Trout Run. Anglers are reporting that they have been catching some big Yellow Perch this year. The Walleye are still hard to find.  There are some boats going real close to shore in 15’ – 20’ of water trolling between Trout Run and Elk Creek.  Anglers are reporting having luck in 60’ of water straight out and off of Powell Ave.

Mercer County

Lake Wilhelm
Anglers are continuing to report really good fishing this year.  Walleye, Largemouth Bass, and crappies are being caught in plentiful supply.

Shenango Reservoir
Fishing has been slow around the reservoir.  Water levels are several feet above summer pool and have been there for most of June.  Blue/Green Algae is being observed in the lake however with the rain it has dissipated some of it. Remember your first step in an emergency or to report on illegal activity is to call 9-1-1.

Shenango River
The water levels are up in the river so use extreme care when floating the Shenango River Trail. With all of the new rain, several new strainers will be present so use caution around them. There are still plenty of stocked trout in the 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.

Other parts of the County
All water levels are up.  Extra precaution should be taken when recreating around these swollen water bodies. 

Venango County

Allegheny River
The USGS depth gage in Franklin reflects a current water level of +/- 07’-07”.  Water temperature is hovering at 63 degrees Fahrenheit, a recent drop of 9 degrees Fahrenheit due to heavy rains and cooler temperatures.
Smallmouth Bass catch rates were reported early in the month with the highest success rates on stick baits and tubes.

French Creek
Fishing activity has been interrupted due to recent heavy rains.  Earlier in the month, Smallmouth Bass catches were reported between Custaloga Town and Franklin. The USGS depth gage in Utica reflects a current water level of +/-05’-06”. Canoeists and kayakers are encouraged to use caution given the swiftness of the water and the potential for floating debris and newly formed strainers.

Oil Creek
The USGS depth gage in Rouseville reflects a current water level of +/- 4’-11”. Fishing activity has been interrupted due to recent heavy rains. As waters recede, the area between Oil City and Rynd Farm should improve for the bass enthusiast.
Trout anglers are reminded that the Artificial Lure section(s) [Oil Creek State Park & Drake Well], along Oil Creek, opened to harvest on June 15th.  Fish must be at least 9 inches in length, and the daily creel limit is 3 (combined species).  Please refer to fishandboat.com/fishpub/summary/delayedartificial.html for rules and regulations, as well as accompanying waters, under this designation. Given current water levels, canoeists and kayakers have been observed.  The area between Drake Well and Petroleum Center allows for a peaceful and scenic day trip.  As always, scout ahead and do not enter dangerous or obstructed waters.

Kahle Lake
Largemouth Bass harvests are occurring with common sizes ranging from 13-17 inches.  Also, Yellow Perch, crappie, and Bluegill catches have been reported.

Justus Lake (Two Mile Run Reservoir)
Anglers are beginning to target trout in the deeper water towards the dam; however, catches are still being reported in the shallow cove waters. Game fish, outside of trout, have been located at depths of 15’ and 30’. Bluegill catches on ants and jigs have been received.

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Fishing and Boating Report – June 24, 2015
Crawford County

Pymatuning Lake
Anglers are reporting Largemouth Bass being active in the early morning and evening hours.  Top water lures such as buzz baits or frogs are getting a lot of action lately.  Anglers are picking up Walleyes drifting or trolling in the deeper sections of the lake.  Bluegills and other panfish have been caught using a bobber and jig tipped with a worm or grub.

Conneaut Lake
Boating activity seems to be in full swing on the lake.  Just a reminder Boating Safety Education Certificates are required to operate a personal watercraft and for persons born on or after January 1, 1982, to operate boats powered by motors greater than 25 horsepower.

Wood turtle nest
This wood turtle nested in a construction zone in Crawford County. The nest was relocated to a safe area by WCO Doyle and some local concerned kids and parents. Some local community members had witnessed her lay eggs and called the NW PFBC office to see what could be done. This was coordinated through the PFBC Environmental Services guidelines.

Western Erie County

Lake Erie and Presque Isle Bay
Boat anglers are doing well on Yellow Perch and Walleye off Walnut Creek and in Presque Isle Bay.  Shore anglers are having sporadic success with Yellow Perch in the Erie Channel and around Presque Isle State Park.

Mercer County

Lake Wilhelm
Anglers are reporting Largemouth Bass hitting around the stumps above I79 Bridge.  Top water lures seem to be the choice among bass anglers.  Walleye and Musky anglers continue to do well in certain areas of the lake.  Near the dam anglers are targeting Channel Catfish from shore.

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Fishing and Boating Report – June 17, 2015
Crawford County

French Creek
A few Walleye and Bowfin are being caught on French Creek.

Woodcock Lake
Some decent-sized Smallmouth Bass along with some smaller Muskellunge are being caught on Woodcock Lake.

Canadohta Lake
A few Largemouth Bass are being caught at Canadohta Lake.

Wood Turtle
Melissa Mack Maruska sent in a photo of a Wood Turtle laying eggs near Cochranton, PA. Please leave these turtles alone and do not disturb the nest.

Central Erie County

Presque Isle Bay
Bass anglers have been hitting the bay pretty hard and have had good success in landing big numbers of both Smallmouth and Largemouth Bass. Presque Isle Bay water temp is 61°.

Lake Erie
Yellow Perch have been a bit fussy this year so far. Some days you’ll get good numbers and some days you’ll be bored out of your mind. There are two places right now that anglers are targeting the Yellow Perch. Anglers seem to be having the best luck out from Gull Point in 50 Ft of water and off Trout Run. Another option is to just look for the pack of boats aka “the Perch pack”.

Catfish
Anglers are doing really well at Elk and Walnut Creek in Erie County fishing for Channel Catfish

Eastern Erie County

Area Waters
Anglers are reporting some panfish being taken at Eaton Reservoir, Lake LeBoeuf, and Lake Pleasant. The bait of choice is still grubs and minnows.

Lake Erie
Anglers out of the North East Marina are reporting Walleye in 55 to 60 feet of water from the marina to Shades Beach and off the mountain. Smallmouth Bass are still being taken from the W’s to East Ave. in 15 to 25 feet of water. Yellow Perch action has picked up in 35 to 55 feet of water off of the Greenfield, Shades Beach & Freeport. Angles are still catching panfish and bass off of the North & South Piers.  Lake Erie water temperature is 55°

For current Lake Erie conditions call the North East Marina at (814) 725-8244.
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