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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 – September 21, 2016
Erie County

Lake Erie
Yellow Perch fishing off of Presque Isle is really slow right now. The perch pack off Walnut is still producing decent numbers. Anglers are reporting Walleye fishing is still good throughout the lake.

Walnut Creek
Some Steelhead have been caught at Walnut Creek but the numbers are still few. Another few weeks with some rain and the Steelhead should be heading upstream for some angler fun.

Forest County

Allegheny River
Smallmouth Bass fishing has improved. Anglers reported catching Smallmouth Bass near the West Hickory Bridge.  Anglers are also catching Musky near the confluence of Tionesta Creek and the Allegheny River.  Boat operators should be aware of the aquatic weeds, especially jet motor operators.

Tionesta Lake
Musky anglers have been productive trolling due to the decrease in recreational boating activity.  Anglers fishing at Nebraska Bridge have been successful catching panfish from the bridge.

Maple Creek
The Marienville Rod and Gun Club are moving the trout stocking to mid or late September depending upon water levels and temperature.  Anglers, note that the limit for trout is now 3 per day.

Spring Creek
The Marienville Road and Gun Club are moving the trout stocking to mid or late September depending upon water levels and temperature. Anglers, note that the limit for trout is now 3 per day.

Clarion River
Trout and Smallmouth Bass fishing should pick up in September and October.  The Clarion River in Cooksburg is an excellent place to observe the fall colors while onboard a canoe or kayak. Please remember to have onboard or wear a PFD. It is mandatory that people onboard kayaks, canoes and boats less than 16 feet in length, wear a PFD at all times from November 1st through April 30th.  In addition, children 12 years old or younger are required to wear a PFD while onboard all kayaks, canoes and boats less than 20 feet in length, year around, while underway (not at anchor).

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Fishing and Boating Report – September 14, 2016
Clarion County

Kahle Lake
Anglers continue to report some really nice Bluegills, Yellow Perch, and a few Largemouth Bass.

Beaver Creek Ponds Project
Panfish and some Largemouth Bass are being reported.

Upper Clarion River
Anglers continue to report good numbers of Smallmouth Bass and a few Walleyes. All boats, including canoes & kayaks using the PFBC’s Gravel Lick Access Areas must be registered or have a launch permit to use this facility.

Piney Dam
Piney Dam continues to be in a drawdown state and is approximately 6 feet below normal pool levels. Anglers are reporting catching Channel Catfish in good numbers, a few Walleyes and good numbers of Smallmouth Bass. All boats, including canoes & kayaks, using the PFBC’s Mill Creek Access Area must be registered or have a launch permit to use this facility.

Allegheny River
Smallmouth Bass and a few Walleyes are being reported near the Parker islands and the mouth of the Clarion River. Channel Catfish are being caught after dark in good numbers. A few Muskellunge have been reported at the mouth of Redbank Creek. All boats, including canoes & kayaks, using the PFBC’s Parker & Brady’s Bend Access Areas must be registered or have a launch permit to use these facilities.

Redbank Creek
Some Walleyes, Smallmouth Bass and trout are being reported near the dam in New Bethlehem.

Crawford County

Sugar Lake
Anglers are reporting a few Bluegills and Yellow Perch are being caught.

Woodcock Creek Lake
The water levels are very low. The boat dock is out of the water. A few smaller Muskellunge have been recently caught, but fishing has been slow.

French Creek  
The water levels have remained low. Some sections will be more difficult to travel.

Central Erie County

Lake Erie
Yellow Perch are being caught in very good numbers off the Condo’s in 60 foot of water. Some anglers are saying the perch are right on the bottom and the others are saying they are anywhere from 5-8 feet off the bottom. Walleye are still being caught pretty regularly but catching them in large numbers is a little tough. Please remember that weather conditions in the fall can change quickly and winds can pick up with little notice so please be cautious.

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Fishing and Boating Report – September 7, 2016
Butler County

Lake Arthur
Anglers are reporting good catches of Walleye and Channel Catfish on the old 422 roadbed in front of Crescent Bay and next to the Crescent Bay Island.  Jigging a simple night crawler or drift fishing the bottom has been very successful. Yellow Perch which are difficult to catch most times of the year at the lake will be biting soon.  In years past, good catches of September and October Yellow Perch have been had in chest-high water at the Old 422 roadbed, Old 422 access, and around the Rt. 528 boat access.  A small spinner alone or a rubber twister tail grub trailing behind a bobber works well.

Clarion County

Kahle Lake
Some anglers have been reporting some really nice Bluegills, Yellow Perch and a few Largemouth Bass.

Beaver Creek Ponds Project
Anglers are reporting good numbers of panfish & Largemouth Bass are being caught.

Upper Clarion River
Anglers are reporting good numbers of Smallmouth Bass and some trout. All boats, including canoes & kayaks using the PFBC’s Gravel Lick Access Areas must be registered to use this facility.

Piney Dam
Piney Dam continues to be in a drawdown state and is approximately 6’ below normal pool levels. Anglers are reporting catching Channel Catfish in good numbers, a few Walleyes and good numbers of Smallmouth Bass.

Allegheny River
A few Walleyes and Smallmouth Bass are being reported near the Parker Islands and the mouth of the Clarion River. Channel Catfish are being caught after dark in good numbers. All boats, including canoes & kayaks, using the PFBC’s Parker & Brady’s Bend Access Areas must be registered to use these facilities.

Redbank Creek
Some Walleyes, Smallmouth Bass & trout are being reported near the dam in New Bethlehem.

Western Erie County

Lake Erie
The fishing seems to be getting steadily better in the lake.  Yellow Perch are hitting straight out of Walnut between 45-60 feet of water.  Walleye has stayed steady in the area but better luck east of East Avenue.  Bass anglers have been doing well in the bay.  Assorted soft plastic seems to be the key bait.  Some reports that anglers have been picking up Steelhead in the first trench which is a good sign that the fish are moving in. For current water conditions call Walnut Creek Access at (814) 833-2464 before heading out.

Forest County

Allegheny River
Water levels are still low and navigation with a jet unit can be difficult.  Anglers have reported catching Channel Catfish from the shore near the Tionesta Lighthouse Island. Walleye fishing in the Tionesta Sand and Gravel Pool should pick up in mid to late October.

Tionesta Lake
Anglers are catching Bluegill and Yellow Perch near the marina and in the upper slow no wake area from a boat.  Musky anglers have been successful trolling in the morning and evening hours. The Outflow remains closed on the primitive camping side, however, anglers are permitted to drive into the RV camping area (free of charge) to fish the Outflow.

Maple Creek
The Marienville Rod and Gun Club are moving the trout stocking to mid or late September, depending upon water levels and temperature.

Spring Creek
The Marienville Road and Gun Club are moving the trout stocking to mid or late September, depending upon water levels and temperature.

Clarion River 
Trout and Smallmouth Bass fishing should pick up in September and October.  The Clarion River in Cooksburg is an excellent place to observe the fall colors while on a canoe or kayak.

Venango County

Allegheny River
The USGS depth gage in Franklin reflects a current water level of three foot.  Daytime and nighttime water temperature fluctuates between 69°and 75° F. Smallmouth Bass, Walleye, and the occasional Muskellunge have been reported.

French Creek
Fishing activity remains consistent, especially in the area between Takitezy and Franklin. Additionally, a large percentage of the waterway’s kayakers are still enjoying both a day afloat and some sizeable Smallmouth Bass catches as well.

Oil City
Due to low flow conditions and increased water temperatures, fishing activity has been minimal.

Two Mile Run Reservoir (Justus Lake)
Largemouth Bass catches have been reported.

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