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REGION COUNTIES -- Butler, Clarion, Crawford, Erie, Forest, Lawrence, Mercer, Venango, Warren (County Guide)

AUGUST 8-22, 2018

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AUGUST 1, 2018

Erie County

Lake Erie
Anglers are catching Walleye anywhere from 33 feet to 118 feet of water. Anglers are using plugs, crawler harnesses, and spoons to catch their limit of Walleye in a timely fashion. For current Lake Erie conditions, contact Northeast Marina at (814)725-8244.

Lake LeBouef
Anglers are catching panfish and Bowfin from the docks using nightcrawlers.

Lake Pleasant
Lake Pleasant has been good on the western side from boats. Anglers are catching Largemouth Bass and panfish.

Venango County

Allegheny River
Anglers are catching Smallmouth Bass with the best success on tubes, crankbaits, and stick baits. Anglers are catching catfish anglers with cut bait being the top choice.

French Creek
Anglers, between Utica and Franklin, are catching Northern Pike, Smallmouth Bass, and Walleye. Anglers are using tubes, assorted soft plastics, and jigs to catch a variety of fish. A recent increase in the instances of littering/property violations have been reported from Carlton through Utica…as a result, law enforcement patrols to the area have been increased.

Oil Creek
Anglers are catching Smallmouth Bass from Drake Well through the Allegheny River confluence. Low flow and increasing water temperatures have caused trout to stack in the cooler flows of the incoming tributaries; which, in turn has caused an uptick in both the presence and catch rates of Northern Pike.

Kahle Lake
Anglers are catching Bluegill, Yellow Perch, and crappie hook-ups. Anglers are catching Largemouth Bass using white and/or chartreuse grubs and an assorted variety of soft plastic baits were some of the top bait choices.

Two Mile Run Reservoir (Justus Lake)
Anglers are catching trout at depths between 20’ - 25’.

Registration of non-powered watercraft required at PFBC Lakes/Access Areas:
With the 2018 boating season in full swing, boaters are reminded that ALL non-powered watercraft are required to display either current registration or a launch permit when launching or retrieving at all PFBC lakes and/or access areas. For a complete listing of regulations pertaining to PFBC properties, please click here.

Reports compiled by Chad Foster (, NW/SW Region Outreach and Education Coordinator, using information provided by Waterways Conservation Officers, Area Fisheries Managers and other PFBC staff.