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

DECEMBER 11, 2019

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Erie County
Lake Erie
The docks are out at Northeast Marina and Shades Beach. Anglers are catching Lake Trout using spoons. Lake Erie is currently in the upper 30s for water temperature.
Presque Isle Bay
Anglers are catching some panfish along the Presque Isle Bay shoreline. 
Steelhead Tributaries
Steelhead fishing is still good in all the Lake Erie Tributaries.  The streams are running high and have a stained color to them.
Steelhead Tributaries Public Access vs. Private Property
Each year, Steelhead anglers are finding more and more posted waters throughout the Steelhead Tributaries. All Steelhead tributaries are deemed as "non navigable" waterways.  Did you know a property owner that owns both sides of the stream can and will post their section of the stream! If you have questions about public access to Steelhead streams, please check out this website for more information. 

Forest County

Allegheny River
Walleye fishing has been productive on the Tionesta pool of the Allegheny River.  Anglers are catching Walleye and Northern Pike from boats and along the shore near the boat ramp and at the point of the island.
Tionesta Lake
Musky fishing is generally productive throughout the fall and will continue until the lake freezes.  Trolling along the shoreline seems to be the most productive method. Anglers are having success fishing for Yellow Perch, Bluegill and crappie from the Nebraska Bridge.  Anglers fishing from Nebraska Bridge should be cautious of passing vehicles.
Tionesta Outflow
Musky, Walleye, and Northern Pike fishing is productive near the wall and the campground side.  Downstream of the wall there is a fishing trail that provides access to the creek.  Anglers are reminded that they must have a trout/salmon permit to fish in Tionesta Creek, from the outflow to the confluence with the Allegheny River. The permit is always required regardless of fishing for or keeping trout.

DECEMBER 4, 2019

Butler County
Glade Run Lake
This lake was recently stocked with very nice Rainbow Trout. The daily limit is three for properly licensed and permitted anglers.   Good opportunities exist for some late season holiday fishing. Unpowered or electric powered only boats and kayaks must be registered or permitted to use this PFBC property. 
Harbar Acres Lake (SGL 95)
This lake was stocked with trout in October and the daily limit is three.
Crawford County
Woodcock Creek Lake
Woodcock Creek Lake is at winter pool.
Tamarack Lake
The lake is filling and should be ready for some spring stocking.
Erie County
Area Steelhead Streams 
Anglers are catching Steelhead throughout all the area Steelhead Streams. Anglers are using minnows under a float, egg sacks, and flies.
Crooked Creek
Anglers can fish at the mouth and a short distance upstream to where it is posted as nursery waters. The nursery waters extend through Camp Fitch and up to the first bridge at Ables Road. The first upstream access point is at the Ables Road bridge. You can fish from the bridge upstream; downstream is the nursery waters where fishing is prohibited. For more information on Crooked Creek, 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.