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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 – November 19, 2014
Crawford County

Fishing has been slow. Winter drawdowns of both Woodcock Lake and Canadohta Lake are occurring.

Reminder:  All boats moored at PFBC access areas must be removed by December 1st.

Conneaut Lake
All navigation buoys have been removed from the lake. Boaters should please use caution. The lake is starting to freeze up and has some slush ice around in pockets. Remember Cold Weather Life Jacket Wear has started and ALL people on boats less than 16ft and ALL canoes and kayaks MUST wear a life jacket.

Pymatuning Reservoir
The water levels are down for the winter so watch for shallow areas. Ice has started to form around the shoreline and it won’t be long before the rest of the lake freezes too. The mandatory cold weather life jacket wearing requirement is in effect until April 30, 2015.

Erie County

Lake Erie
When wave conditions permit, Steelhead shore anglers are doing well fishing off of the mouths of Walnut Creek, Trout Run, and Godfrey Run.  Be sure to stay fifty yards away from the mouth of all these areas between the hours of 10pm and 5am.

Western Erie Tributaries
Steelhead stream anglers are having success on lower Walnut Creek when water conditions cooperate. Again, when water conditions cooperate, Upper Elk Creek is doing well. Stream conditions as of this writing are very low and clear.

Presque Isle Bay
Shore anglers are doing well on pan fish off the docks in Marina Lake. Angler success seems to be the best before sunrise.  Shore anglers have also reported success with pan fish along the Bay Front.

Recent enforcement actions have resulted in a lot of prosecutions. The most common violations are snagging/foul hooking, litter, and over limit violations. Daily saturation patrols with both uniformed and plain cloths officers have continued to be very successful. 

Mile Streams
Streams are low and clear and the steelhead fishing has slowed. The forecast this week is for snow and temperatures in the low 30’s and upper 20’s. There is a warm-up forecasted by the weekend.

If you’re coming to Erie to fish for Steelhead make sure you have the required permits. A Trout/Salmon Stamp and a Lake Erie permit are required to catch and keep Steelhead Trout.

Stream Temperature 46°
Lake Erie Temperature 49°
Inland Lake Temperature 49°

North East Marina and Shades Beach Safe Harbor are closed for the season.

Venango County

Allegheny River
The USGS depth gage in Franklin reads +/- 4’-08” which is down about 0’-04” from the last report. The water temperature is 41° which is down 10° from the last reporting date. Fishing pressure has been steady.  Smallmouth Bass, Walleye, and Northern Pike continue to hold the attention of local anglers.  Baits of choice have been tubes, jigs, and molded facsimiles. 

French Creek
The USGS depth gage in Utica reads 3’-00” which is down about 1‘-04” since the last report.  Due to wintery conditions, recreational boating traffic has essentially ceased on this waterway. Fishing pressure has been light, but for those out and about, bass and walleye hook-ups continue.

Oil Creek
The USGS depth gage in Rouseville reads +/- 2’-06”, which is down 0’-03” since the last report. Although angling activity has diminished throughout much of the stream, trout anglers may continue to experience activity.  Given the current water temperatures, slow and deep may afford the best opportunity.

HYPOTHERMIA & 40 DEGREE WATER
If immersed in 32-40 degree water, the average adult will experience exhaustion and/or unconsciousness in 15-30 minutes. The expected survival times in these water temperatures range from ½ hour to 1½ hours.  Life jackets can help you survive cold water immersion by allowing you to float while using minimal energy, as well as insulating your body from the cold water. A snug-fitting life jacket is better than a loose-fitting one and provides greater insulation.

Cold Water KillsMANDATORY PFD (LIFE-JACKET) WEAR EFFECTIVE AS OF NOVEMBER 1, 2014
Signs like the one shown here have been posted at numerous high traffic launches throughout the Commonwealth as visual reminders that, during the period of November 1st through April 30th, ALL BOATERS are required to wear a life jacket at all times while on watercraft less than 16’ in length or ANY canoe or kayak.

NAVIGATION HAZARD
Watercraft operators should be aware that the ice control device spanning the Allegheny River upstream of the State Street (Veteran’s) Bridge in Oil City is now in place. Boaters are urged to use caution when operating in this area. Recreational boats can use the provided navigation channel/slot located nearest the river right (northern) shore.

Note: All unpowered boats (canoes, kayaks, stand-up paddleboards, rowboats, etc.) launching or retrieving at PFBC access areas and DCNR state parks or forests must have a current boat registration (issued by any state), or PFBC Use Permit, or DCNR Launch or Mooring Permit.  For more information, visit http://fishandboat.com/registration.htm.

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Fishing and Boating Report – November 12, 2014
Crawford County

Waterfowl season is in full swing and the swamps and marshes are full of canoes and kayaks. Mandatory Life Jacket Wear started November 1st and runs through April 30th.  Anyone on any boat less than 16feet in length, or in canoes and kayaks must wear a properly fitted life jacket.

Pymatuning Reservoir
Fall boating weather on the reservoir is very unpredictable. Exercise caution and good sense when heading out because the waves during the fall can get big.

Forest County

Allegheny River
Walleye fishing in Tionesta is starting to pick up from boat or shore. Anglers are reminded that the Sand and Gravel boat launch in Tionesta is private. Misuse or abuse of this property could result in the launch being closed. Please respect the landowner.

Tionesta Lake
Crappie fishing should start to be productive on the lake and at Nebraska Bridge. Musky anglers have been successful at the Tionesta Outflow.

Spring Creek and Maple Creek were stocked with adult trout in the beginning of October by the Marienville Rod and Gun Club.

Chapman Lake will be stocked on December 15, 2014 at 10am.  

Erie County

Walnut Creek Access
Pictured below are two Brown Trout brought in to be weighed for a couple of men who were fishing the mouth of Four Mile Creek. Craig (Caribou) Nemchik of White Oak, PA caught a Brown Trout that was 7 pounds, 4 ounces, 24 ¼ in long, with a 16 inch girth. Andrew Pentycofe of Millcreek, PA also caught a Brown Trout that was 7 pounds, 1 ½ ounces, 25 in long, with a 14 ½ girth. They both caught them on a white and gray colored streamer fly. They said it’s called a ‘Gibby Fly’.

Brown Trout
Four Mile Creek Brown Trout

Note: All unpowered boats (canoes, kayaks, stand-up paddleboards, rowboats, etc.) launching or retrieving at PFBC access areas and DCNR state parks or forests must have a current boat registration (issued by any state), or PFBC Use Permit, or DCNR Launch or Mooring Permit.  For more information, visit http://fishandboat.com/registration.htm.

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Fishing and Boating Report – November 5, 2014
Crawford County

Conneaut Creek (State Game Land 101)
Steelhead are being caught in Jumbo Woods. With the run starting in late September along with recent rain, the fish have moved inland very quickly this year. If you’re fishing the creek during Big Game season in the game lands, you MUST wear orange to be in compliance with the Game Code.

Conneaut Lake
The lake is deserted of PWC’s and skiers at this time of year. Some anglers are reporting some nice bluegills being caught.

French Creek
Anglers are reporting nice catches of Walleye throughout French Creek.

Geneva Swamp
Waterfowl hunting is in full swing so remember November 1st starts the mandatory lifejacket wear on all canoes, kayaks and boats under 16 feet.

Pymatuning Reservoir
Winter water level drawn down has started so use caution in shallow areas; there might not be as much water as you expect. Some anglers are catching late fall Walleyes and should keep doing so.

Erie County

Walnut Creek Access
Walnut Creek Basin is open for fishing. The first fish caught was 5 pounds 1 ounce, and 24 ½ inches long. John McSurdy of Pittsburgh, Pa caught it on a gold spoon.

The creek has nice color but there are a lot of leaves in it. Recent weather has been sunny but windy and the lake has been rough. A few fish are being caught in the creeks but a little more rain is needed. Rain is forecasted for the next several days so that might help bring some more fish in.

Walnut Creek Access Marina
Walnut Creek Access Marina is open for fishing

John
John McSurdy from Pittsburgh with his nice 5 pounder plus, 1st fish caught in basin in 2014

Mercer County

Lake Wilhelm
There has been light pressure for boats and fishing.

Note: All unpowered boats (canoes, kayaks, stand-up paddleboards, rowboats, etc.) launching or retrieving at PFBC access areas and DCNR state parks or forests must have a current boat registration (issued by any state), or PFBC Use Permit, or DCNR Launch or Mooring Permit.  For more information, visit http://fishandboat.com/registration.htm.

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