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


Mercer County
Lake Wilhelm
Anglers are catching Largemouth Bass, panfish, and Walleye.  

Venango County
Allegheny River
Anglers are catching Smallmouth Bass primarily on crankbaits and tubes during these low and clear conditions. Anglers are catching Walleye using a live bait rig or spinner.
French Creek
Anglers are catching Smallmouth Bass, Walleye, and Northern Pike throughout the entire stretch of the creek.
Justus Lake
Anglers are catching trout in 25-40' of water.  Anglers are catching Largemouth Bass throughout the lake.
Kahle Lake
Anglers are catching crappie and Largemouth Bass using jigs.

Warren County
Allegheny Reservoir
Anglers are catching Smallmouth Bass on rubber worms and crankbaits even though they are harder to find due to the reservoir being down. Anglers are catching Northern Pike in the bays around the reservoir using spinners. Anglers are catching Walleye in depths of 40 to 50 feet of water using crawler harnesses, spoons, and spinners. Boaters should be cautious in the bays as the water levels have changed drastically.
Allegheny River
Fishing has been slow at the outflow of the dam during the day but has been more productive in the early mornings and late evenings. Anglers are catching large Brown Trout on spinners and fly tackle in riffles along Hemlock road.  Anglers are catching Smallmouth Bass throughout the river in good numbers. Reminder to all that anyone born on or after January 1, 1982, may not operate a motorboat greater than 25hp unless they have obtained and have in possession a Boating Safety Education Certificate.


Crawford County
Woodcock Creek Lake
Anglers are catching a few Walleye, nice sized Smallmouth Bass, and panfish. The Army Corps is starting to draw down the lake for winter pool.
Woodcock Creek (Below the dam)
Anglers are catching a few Walleye, Bowfin, bass, and Muskellunge. Anglers are having the best luck in the evening.
French Creek
Anglers are catching some Smallmouth Bass in Saegertown and the PFBC access in Cambridge Springs. Water levels are low which is making it tough in spots for people floating downstream.
Canadohta Lake
Anglers are catching nice sized Muskellunge, Walleye, and panfish. As a reminder, canoes and kayaks using the PFBC access need to have a valid registration or launch permit.
Sugar Lake

Anglers are catching panfish, Bowfin, Largemouth Bass, and catfish.

Erie County
Lake Erie
Anglers are catching Walleye from Walnut Creek to North East in 60 to 80 feet of water using worm harnesses, spoons, and deep running stickbaits. Anglers are catching a few Steelhead when they are trolling for Walleye. Anglers are catching Lake Trout in deeper water. Lake Erie's water temperature is 77 degrees. 

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.