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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 – January 28, 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: http://fishandboat.com/safety.htm

Butler County

Lake Arthur
Ice fishing is underway.  Bass were not hitting in many of the popular locations.  Large minnows were being used for bass with little success.  Panfish were biting especially in the Muddy Creek finger of the lake along the railroad bed.  Decent sized White and Black Crappie and Bluegills were being harvested using Swedish jigs tipped with wax worms and worked a few inches off of the bottom.  Also, very small minnows were attracting panfish.  Tip-ups were much less productive than jigging.

Crawford County

Conneaut Lake
Anglers are reporting nice size Bluegills being caught on the North end of the lake. Anglers are reporting that Bluegills and Northern Pike are being caught at the South end of the lake.

Mercer County

Lake Wilhelm
Anglers are reporting lots of fishing pressure near the dam. White and Black Crappie seemed to be the targeted species of most anglers.

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Fishing and Boating Report – January 21, 2015
Venango County

Justus Lake (Twomile Run Reservoir)
Bluegill and trout are being caught in and around both boat launches.

Kahle Lake
Mix of slush and ice; thin spots are common.  USE CAUTION!! A mix of perch, bluegill, and bass are being reported; nothing of great size or number yet. Anglers are reminded that this lake is governed under Big Bass Regulations.  Also, a new year is upon us so you’ll need either a 2015 or valid multi-year license.

Allegheny River
The USGS depth gage in Franklin reflects a current level of 5’-03” and water temperature of +/-32 degrees.  From this time in 2014, water temperature has remained steady and water levels are down over 1’-06”.  Ice flows are forming making fishing unsafe from either shore or boat.

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 since the device stretches the entire breadth of the river. Use the provided opening situated nearest the north shore for passage.

French Creek
The USGS depth gage in Utica reflects a current water level of 3’-10”. Conditions regarding flow have decreased +/- 2 feet since this reporting date in 2014. Angling activity has been light.

Oil Creek
The USGS depth gage in Rouseville reflects a current water level of 3’-04”. Angling activity has been light.

Reminder: During the period November 1st  through 30 April, ALL BOATERS are required to wear a life jacket at all times while in watercraft less than 16’ in length or ANY canoe or kayak.

Erie County (Eastern)

The bitter cold temperatures this week have the mile streams iced over. Anglers are venturing out onto the ice on Lake Pleasant, Eaton Reservoir, Edinboro Lake and Lake Leboeuf. Anglers are reporting trout and pan fish on Lake Pleasant. Eaton Reservoir is also a hot spot for pan fish and Northern Pike. Live baits seem to work the best (grubs, maggots, wax worms and minnows).

The PFBC does not monitor ice conditions. Lake Erie temperature is 33°; Mile Streams have ice; Inland Lakes have ice

Note: Ice fishing anglers--it is illegal to use VHS susceptible fish species (Emerald Shiners) fish parts or eggs taken from Lake Erie Watershed as bait in the Commonwealth waters outside the Lake Erie Watershed except when the fish are certified as VHS negative. This water includes (Lake Pleasant, Eaton Reservoir, Edinboro Lake and Lake Leboeuf). See the complete list of VHS species in the 2015 Summary Guide.

Erie County (Western)

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.  The Upper Gravel Pit still has open water and poor ice conditions.  Stream anglers are doing well on Steelhead through the ice on Crooked Creek at the Gloskey Hole and at the Walnut Creek Marina Basin.

Routine patrols this year have already produced fishing without a fishing license violations and associated permit violations.  Additionally, oversized ice fishing holes in ice have been seen.

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 14, 2015
Crawford County

Sugar Lake
Anglers are reporting catching some Northern Pike and Largemouth Bass through the ice.  Anglers should try a tip-up rigged with a large shiner for Northern Pike and a tip-up rigged with a minnow for Largemouth Bass.

Conneaut Lake
Anglers are reporting catching Bluegill and Northern Pike through the ice on the North end of the lake near the PFBC access area.  Jigs tipped with maggots, meal worms, or minnows seem to be the bait of choice.  Those anglers targeting Musky and Northern Pike should use tip-ups rigged with large shiners and a large treble hook.

Mercer County

Shenango Reservoir
Anglers are reporting catching nice Bluegill and Crappie through the ice.  Jigs tipped with maggots or meal worms seem to be the bait of choice.

Reminder: The PFBC does not monitor ice thickness so please 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/water/ice_thickness.pdf

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