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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 – September 30, 2015
Butler County

Lake Arthur
Channel Catfish have been biting in the most popular locations.  Nice catches have been reported around Lakeview picnic area.  A minnow off the bottom produced the best results. There have also been reports of good Hybrid-Striped Bass fishing on the submerged road bed at the Old Rt. 422 access.

Harbor Acres Lake
The lake is scheduled for trout stocking on 10/28 weather permitting.

Western Erie County

Walnut Creek, Upper Gravel Pit, and Lake Erie
In the lower stretches of Walnut, Elk & Crooked Creeks, anglers have had limited success with Steelhead in the early morning hours in the deeper water. With recent rains and cooler temps shore anglers are having limited success with minnows in the Gravel Pit. Boat anglers are also working the shallow waters on Lake Erie around the tributary mouths and having sporadic success.  With the overlap of the boat anglers and tributary anglers, conflicts are occurring at Walnut Creek Access. Shoreline anglers in the Walnut Creek Channel are being cited for failing to yield to boat traffic.  Additionally, other common violations occurring are littering, other than intended use, and failure to follow posted traffic devices. 

Forest County

Access to the Tionesta Outflow is still closed from the Tionesta side of the campground.  Anglers can access the Outflow from the regulated camping area.  Anglers will have to park at the entrance to the camping area and walk in to fish. Anglers have reported catching and observing trout in Tionesta Creek, between Kellettville and Nebraska Bridge.  Numerous Golden Rainbow Trout have been observed at the mouth of some of the small tributaries. The Marienville Rod and Gun Club is scheduled to stock Spring Creek and Maple Creek in October.  The stocking will be subject to change due to water levels and water temperature.

Mercer County

Shenango Reservoir
Fishing is starting to pick up with the cooler temperatures. Water levels are slowly declining due to the winter draw down.  Leaves are starting to change around the lake so this a beautiful time to boat and observe the fall foliage from the water.   Remember your first step in an emergency or to report on illegal activity is to call 9-1-1.

Shenango River
The Shenango Outflow down to the Walnut Street Bridge is designated as a year round trout fishery, so a current trout/salmon stamp is required to fish that area regardless of species of fish that you are targeting or harvesting.  Trout will be stocked for the fall so plenty of fishing opportunities still are available. The creel limit for trout this time of year is 3 fish. 

Warren County

Anglers are reminded that Chapman Lake will be drawn down for repairs and will not be at normal levels until 2017.

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Fishing and Boating Report – September 23, 2015
Crawford County

French Creek
Anglers are catching Smallmouth Bass and Walleye throughout all sections of the creek. Spinners and tubes/jigs seem to be getting the most fish. Due to low water, anglers are targeting the riffles and rapid sections of the creek. Muskies and Northern Pike continue to be caught near Cambridge Springs fishing spinnerbaits and stick baits.

Erie County

Lake Erie
Yellow Perch and Walleye continue to be caught in Lake Erie when it is safe enough to go out.  Steelhead continue to stack up near the tributary mouth’s waiting for the creek temperatures to drop. Kayak and boat anglers are beginning to target Steelhead trolling spoons and stick baits near Walnut and Elk Creek.

Smallmouth Bass
Noah Heck caught this 7 pound Smallmouth Bass on a recent kayak fishing trip to Lake Erie

Venango County

Allegheny River
Kayak and boat anglers continue to report success for Walleye and Smallmouth Bass from Franklin to Fisherman’s Cove. This 10 mile stretch makes for a great fall paddle and usually takes 6-8 hours to complete if you are fishing.  Flukes, spinnerbaits, and senkos seem to be the bait of choice for Smallmouth Bass.

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Fishing and Boating Report – September 16, 2015
Crawford County

Woodcock Creek (below dam)
Anglers are still catching a lot of Bowfins, some smaller Walleye and Muskies.

Woodcock Lake
Anglers are catching some nice-sized Smallmouth Bass and a few Walleye.

Canadohta Lake
Anglers are targeting largemouth bass in the shallows during early evening with frogs and buzzbaits.

Sugar Lake
Most anglers are catching some smaller panfish, mostly Bluegills.

Area streams and rivers
Shallow water levels exist in some areas due to lack of rain making it a little more difficult for boating. (i.e. French Creek and upper Woodcock Lake)

Western Erie County
A few Steelhead have started to enter the tributaries of Lake Erie during the early morning hours. Spoons and long stick baits seem to be getting a few recently. It’s only a matter of time before the creek temperatures drop and the fall rains bring some much needed water to the streams.

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