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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 – August 26, 2015
Western Erie County

Walnut Creek, Upper Gravel Pit, & Lake Erie
In the lower stretches of Walnut Creek, anglers have had limited success fishing deeper water for Brown Trout in the early morning hours.  With recent rains and cooler temperatures shore anglers are having limited success with minnows in the Upper Gravel Pit.

Recent reports have been indicating Walleye catches are improving on deeper waters along the Canadian line and Yellow Perch reports have been sporadic at best.

Routine boating patrols are still yielding common violations of expired or unserviceable visual distress signals and unserviceable fire extinguishers.  Common operational violations continue to be exceeding slow no wake within one hundred feet or fifty feet.  Additionally, unserviceable personal flotation devices are being encountered.

Crawford County

Conneaut Lake
Anglers are reporting catching nice-sized Bluegill in deeper water throughout the lake. Anglers are still targeting Smallmouth and Largemouth Bass throughout the edges of the weed beds in the northern part of the lake. Boating activity is winding down but with this weekend’s warmer temperatures there should be a lot of boats on the water.

French Creek
Anglers are reporting catching Smallmouth Bass, Walleye, and an occasional Northern Pike throughout most of French Creek.  Tubes and grubs seem to be good Smallmouth Bass bait this time of the year.  Walleyes are being caught on stickbaits and grubs through the faster sections of the creek.  This weekend should be a great weekend to float French Creek.

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Fishing and Boating Report – August 20, 2015
Crawford County

Woodcock Creek (Below dam)
Anglers are still catching a lot of Bowfins.  Also, anglers are catching smaller Walleye and Muskellunge by using live bait.  A large Golden Shiner should do the trick.

Woodcock Lake
Anglers are reporting catching a few nice-sized Smallmouth Bass by targeting ledges in the deeper areas of the lake.  Anglers caught a few Walleye by trolling and casting medium stick baits.

Canadohta Lake
Anglers are catching a few nice Largemouth Bass. Most successful bass anglers are targeting Largemouth Bass in the early morning hours as well as the late evening hours.  Currently, top water baits seem to be the bait of choice.

Sugar Lake
Anglers are reporting catching some smaller panfish.

Eastern Erie County

Anglers are reporting some panfish being taken at Eaton Reservoir, Lake LeBoeuf, and Lake Pleasant. The bait of choice is still grubs and minnows.

Lake Erie
Anglers out of the North East Marina are reporting good Walleye action in 105 feet of water with 10 colors of lead core, using plugs, spoons and worm harnesses. Smallmouth Bass are still being taken from the W’s to East Ave. in 25 to 35 feet of water. Yellow Perch action has picked up in 53 to 55 feet of water west of Freeport beach. Anglers are still catching panfish and Smallmouth Bass off of the North and South Piers. Lake Erie’s water temperature is 77° Fahrenheit. For current Lake Erie conditions call the North East Marina at 814-725-8244.

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Fishing and Boating Report – August 12, 2015
Clarion County

Kahle Lake
Anglers report good numbers of nice Largemouth Bass and some big Bluegills.

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

Piney Dam
Anglers continue to report catching Channel Catfish in good numbers, a few Walleyes, and good numbers of Smallmouth Bass.

Allegheny River
Walleyes and Smallmouth Bass are still being reported near the Parker islands and the mouth of the Clarion River. All boats, including canoes and kayaks, using the PFBC’s Parker & Brady’s Bend Access Areas must be registered to use these facilities.

Erie County

Lake Erie
Anglers are reporting Yellow Perch being caught in 48 – 50 feet of water straight out of Walnut Creek and 38 – 45 feet off of Trout Run.  The boat anglers are reporting bigger Yellow Perch compared to previous years.  However, the numbers of limits seem to be down from previous years. Anglers targeting Walleye are going to the tip of the first trench and trolling west. 

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