Several anglers have reported the bite has been slow but have managed to land a few crappies.
Notice to all anglers & boaters recreating on Piney Dam. Beginning on April 1, 2015 thru October 31, 2016 Brookfield Power will draw down the level of Piney Dam to a level approximately 5 feet below normal pool to conduct repairs to the dam. These repairs will consist of the complete rebuild of the 14 discharge gates of the dam.
The repairs to each gate will take approximately 6-8 weeks. Brookfield Power acknowledges the drawdown during this period will affect docks and recreation boating on Piney Dam. The drawdown may also affect the Toby & Mill Creek Boat Launches.
Brookfield Power will be placing notices in the local newspapers to alert the public of the repairs and impacts to Piney Dam. They also will be placing signage at the Toby and Mill Creek boat launches to alert the boaters and anglers to the drawdown.
The contact person at Brookfield Power for any questions is Randy Garletts, his phone number is 301-387-6616.
A few Walleyes and Northern Pike are being reported near the I-80 Bridge, Parker islands, and the mouths of the Clarion River & Redbank Creek. The PFBC’s Parker Access Area has been reopened.
Piney Creek DHALO Area
Anglers continue to do well in the project. Anglers are reminded only artificial lures maybe used in the project and the use or possession of bait is prohibited.
Pre-Season Trout Stockings
4/13 - East Sandy Creek (Clarion Co) and Bear & Silver Creeks (Butler Co) - Meet stocking truck 11:30 a.m. Bruin Bowling Alley State Route 268 in Bruin.
4/14 - Mill Creek & Cather’s Run - Meet stocking truck 10:45 a.m. Leeper Red & White store Int. of SR36 & 66.
4/15 - Toms Run - Meet stocking truck 11:30 a.m. Cook Forest State Park SR 36 Cooksburg.
Notice to anglers fishing Canoe Creek on the opening day. The section of Canoe Creek that runs under the I-80 bridge on Tippecanoe Road was not stocked due to the road closure & construction work that is currently being conducted on the bridges there.
AN ANGLER’S CODE OF ETHICS:
As the 2015 trout season approaches, please keep the following in mind… When afield, practice sound conservation ethics; be mindful that landowners are not required to post against trespass. Pennsylvania law requires that you, the land user, obtain prior permission of the landowner before engaging in any activity on their property. Many local landowners extend anglers the courtesy of fishing opportunities on their lands; therefore, you are their guest. Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission signage is routinely placed along those stream sections open to public fishing. When in doubt, stay out.
Remember, ethical anglers DO NOT litter. Additionally, they do not camp, build fires, cut trees, block gates, roadways, or driveways, nor do they operate any motorized vehicle (ATV’s included) on property of another without advanced permission of the landowner. These unlawful actions will, and do, get ground POSTED!
Boaters are reminded to always wear a personal flotation device that is serviceable and of the proper size. Additionally, prepare a float plan and provide it to a reliable someone who will immediately activate emergency services in the event you do not return in the time indicated.
Canoeists and kayakers are beginning to traverse this waterway again. All operators are encouraged to scout ahead as stream conditions have been impacted by previous high water events.
Smallmouth Bass are again being targeted between Rynd Farm and Oil City.
Walleye anglers have been seen in and around this waterway’s lower reaches.
Trout opener and kids
Here are five (5) kid friendly spots on a handful of Venango County’s Approved Trout Waters…
- Justus Lake; Twomile Run County Park—within Oakland Township & Sugarcreek Borough
- Oil Creek; Oil Creek State Park to Drake Well along bike trail—within Cornplanter, Cherrytree & Oil Creek Township(s).
- East Sandy Creek; SR 322 through Cranberry-Rockland Road (Rails to Trails Bike Path)—in Rockland Twp.
- Sandy Creek; Seneca Hills Bible Camp (Old SR 8 @ Pecan)—in Victory Township.
- Sugar Creek; SR 427 Bridge through baseball field(s)—in Cooperstown Borough.