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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 (, Northwest Regional Education Specialist, using information provided by Waterways Conservation Officers, Area Fisheries Managers and other PFBC staff.

Fishing and Boating Report – March 25, 2015
Erie County

Walnut, Elk, Crooked Creeks & Upper Gravel Pit
The ice has moved out of the tributaries and the water levels are coming down nicely.  In some areas there is still a lot of shore ice.  Anglers are catching some Steelhead at the mouth of Trout Run, Lower Walnut & Elk Creeks.

Lake Erie / Presque Isle Bay
Off East Avenue some very nice Brown Trout have been caught through the ice but that will be over very soon. Try casting your favorites lures from the break walls at the launch ramp and you might have the same luck. Presque Isle Bay is loaded with bait fish and Steelhead so, after the ice disappears, get out either by boat or cast from shore and try your luck.

Crawford County

Pymatuning Reservoir
The Linesville Spillway is starting to heat up for spring spawn Walleyes. A few have been caught but as the water warms up the bite will also. The spillway area has also seen some very nice slab crappies being caught.

Remember COLD WEATHER WEAR is in effect for boats less than 16 feet and all canoes and kayaks – anglers must wear their PFD through April 30th.

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Fishing and Boating Report – March 18, 2015
Venango County

Trout Stocking 2015
Despite less than ideal conditions, trout stocking began on March 6th.  Individuals wishing to attend are urged to reference the 2015 TROUT STOCKING SCHEDULE link found on the agency’s home page, at, in order to verify the appropriate date and time of your favorite Venango County stream(s).

Allegheny River
The river has frozen over in many spots throughout the county. Shore/anchor ice is UNSAFE!  Occasional Walleye harvests continue to be reported throughout the Oil City area.

Justus Lake (Twomile Run Reservoir)
Catches have been reported as slow.

Kahle Lake
Catches have been reported as slow. Anglers are reminded that KAHLE LAKE is governed under Big Bass Regulations.

French Creek 
French Creek remains generally iced over in many areas throughout the county. Shore/anchor ice is UNSAFE!

Oil Creek
Both Delayed Harvest Artificial Lure Only sections have been stocked.  In the Drake Well area there is free flowing open water with little to no shore ice. Petroleum Center was still all ice as of 03/10/2015. Shore/anchor ice is UNSAFE!

Long range forecast
Average daytime and nighttime temperatures are expected to be generally at or slightly below normal throughout the end of March 2015. 

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Fishing and Boating Report – March 11, 2015
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:

Crawford County

Woodcock Lake
Anglers are reporting catches of a few Yellow Perch (generally smaller) and a few Walleye.

Woodcock Creek
Reminder (includes dam outflow): Woodcock Creek is Approved Trout Waters and is CLOSED to ALL fishing from March 1st until the opening day of trout season (April 18th).

Sugar Lake
Anglers are reporting a few panfish and Chain Pickerel are being caught.

Canadohta Lake
Anglers are reporting a few Black Crappies are being caught.

The Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission will hold their annual spring Open House at the Linesville State Fish Hatchery on Saturday, April 4, 2015, from 11:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. Shake off that cabin fever and come on out to this great family event.

These activities are scheduled:   

  • Kids can practice their casting skills in the Kids Casting Area.
  • Learn basic fly tying and fly casting.
  • How to tell the age of fish.
  • Buy a $3 t-shirt and put a fish print on it.
  • Buy your Pennsylvania fish, amphibian and reptile posters, patches, and books.
  • Visit the boating safety tent to stay current on boating regulations.
  • Visit with staff from various divisions within the PFBC and other partner agencies at their booths.

New for 2015

  • “Catch the Value” and purchase your 2015 Pennsylvania Fishing License or multi-year fishing licenses at the Open House!
  • Kayak Anglers of Western Pennsylvania display
  • Ohio Division of Watercraft PWC Simulator
  • Pennsylvania Sea Grant Underwater Robot

Several of the traditional activities at the Open House are dependent on having open water at Pymatuning.  The lingering effects of winter may prevent these from occurring.  These activities include:

  • Walleye spawning demonstrations, including fish sorting, removing/fertilizing eggs.
  • Fish filleting and cooking demonstrations.
  • Viewing fish in the 10,000 gallon viewing tank. 

Shuttle service from the parking areas to the Visitor Center will be provided.  
There’s something for everyone, so follow the crowd to the hatchery.
Directions: Turn south off State Route 6 at the only light in downtown Linesville and travel ½ mile to the entrance.  The address is 13300 Hartstown Road, Linesville, PA 16424.

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