Late season catfish and musky are good bets before the ice moves in. For catfish, use a night crawler or large minnow off of the bottom. Try the lake channels or areas with flat bottoms for better results. -- Musky are likely to be cruising the shrinking weed beds in the bays. Once ice starts to form near shore, boat fisherman may find good strikes trolling along the ice edge.
Reminder: Please wear your life jackets during the cold weather months. The law requires that all persons on boats under 16 feet in length and on all canoes and kayaks must wear a life jacket from November 1st to April 30th while the boat is underway or at anchor. Fishing and boating are fun, but it is not worth your life!
Anglers have been reporting walleyes and perch in good numbers.
Upper Clarion River
Smallmouth bass and walleyes are being reported in the area between the Mill Creek Access Area and the Gravel lick bridge.
All boaters using the Gravel Lick Access Area are reminded this is a PA Fish & Boat Commission owned property. All boats including canoes & kayaks must be registered to use this facility.
Beaver Creek Ponds Project
Anglers continue to report bass and panfish.
Anglers are reporting nice panfish and crappies in good numbers.
All boaters are reminded Kahle Lake is a PA Fish & Boat Commission owned property. All boats, including canoes & kayaks must be registered to use this facility.
Anglers continue to report nice bass and walleyes with a few muskies and northern pike.
All boaters using the Parker Access are reminded this is a PA Fish & Boat Commission controlled property. All boats, including canoes & kayaks must be registered to use this facility.
Fishing has been slow except for a few walleye that are being caught on French Creek.
Other Area Waters
Winter drawdowns have occurred at Canadohta Lake and Woodcock Creek Lake.
Reminder: Hunting is permitted at Tamarack Lake.
Western Erie County
Walnut Creek Access
Walnut Creek basin opened for fishing November 7, 2013. The creek and basin are not frozen so a lot of anglers are still catching fish. Fish being caught are nice and silver so they are fresh. A lot of fish are being caught in the creek as well.
Hours of Operation
The building and restrooms are open from 7 AM until 5:30 PM on Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday until December 20 when it will be closed for the rest of the season. Porta-Johns will be onsite if needed. The building will reopen on April 5, 2014. Staff sells fishing licenses and provides information in the lobby for your convenience during office hours.
Christopher Kehler of Reading, Pa caught this 9 pound ½ ounce brown trout at the Stop Sign Hole on Walnut Creek using a fly. It was 28 inches long with a 15 ½ inch girth.
Walleye fishing on the Allegheny River in Tionesta has been productive from boats and shore.
Chapman Lake will be stocked on 12-16-13, at 10am Chapman State Park.
A reminder Shenango River from the overflow to the Walnut Street Bridge has been designated as “Approved Trout Waters Open to Year Round Fishing” which means ANYONE that fishes in the Shenango River needs to obtain a Trout/Salmon Permit regardless of the species of fish your fishing for.
2014 Fishing Licenses are on sale as of December 1st. They would make great stocking stuffers for your outdoors person.
Mandatory Personal Flotation Device (PFD) wear took effect on November 1st and runs through April 31st. Persons (regardless of age) must wear their PFD’s in all boats less than 16 feet in length and in all canoes and kayaks. On Shenango Reservoir that law has always been in effect, but during the colder weather in the rest of the Commonwealth, the law was enacted to save lives, so wear your life jackets!!