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

APRIL 8, 2020

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2020 Fishing License went on sale December 1st. Click here to purchase

REMINDER – Mandatory Cold Weather Life Jacket Wear begins on November 1, 2019 and runs through April 30, 2020 for anyone on boats less than 16 feet and in all canoes and kayaks.  Learn more here...


Trout stocking will be conducted on an accelerated schedule. To ensure public safety, volunteers will NOT be permitted to assist with stocking activities. 

To complete trout stocking operations without the assistance of the public, the PFBC will modify stocking methods for this year.  For further information on this and other effects on PFBC activities and operations please click here

Butler County
Glade Run Lake
Trout are the only species that may be taken once the season opens.  Statewide Trout Season opened at 8am on April 7th.  Other fish species, if caught, must be immediately released unharmed. Boats must be registered or permitted to use this PFBC property.  Non-powered or electric-powered only.  Dry mooring of boats at the lake is permitted from March 1st to November 1st each year.  Dry moored boats must display a valid Launch Permit or Registration.
Lake Arthur
Crappie have not yet begun to spawn.  Anglers should target deeper waters off rocky shoals with a bright-colored jig.
The Glades (SGL 95)
Anglers are catching bass and panfish from shore.

Venango County
Trout Stocked Waters
Statewide trout season opened on April 7, 2020, at 8:00 AM. All stocked trout waters are included. A PA fishing license and trout stamp are required for all anglers 16 years of age and older. The daily creel limit remains at five and the minimum size remains at seven inches.
In an effort to mitigate improper social distancing, we have attempted to pull the majority of trout stocking points, along Venango County streams, away from individual residences and the immediate area of living and/or livestock quarters.
Therefore, focus greater attention along the county's wooded sections, particularly through government holdings (IE: PFBC property, State Game Lands, State Parks). 
Local examples include:

Little Sugar Creek, along SGL 96

East Branch Sugar Creek, along SGL 96

East Sandy Creek, along the bike trail & adjacent SGL 45

Oil Creek, along the OC&T bike trail and through Oil Creek State Park

Sandy Creek, along both SGL 39 & SGL 130

As of this writing, 95% of Venango County stocked trout waters have received their pre-season stockings and 85% have received their in-season stockings too.  You will see posted PFBC signage along stream sections where recreational public walk-in-fishing is permitted.  Please, in the interest of the sport and those who come after you, please don't make access to any ground unless you are certain that public fishing is permitted.

Please report witnessed Northwest Region violations [Erie, Crawford, Warren, Forest, Venango, Mercer, Clarion, Butler, and Lawrence County] to the Northwest BLE Regional Office at (814) 337-0444 or advise your local officer(s).
As the 2020 trout season opens…
Ethical anglers DO NOT litter; additionally, they do not camp, build fires, cut trees, block gates, roadways, or driveways, nor do they operate any motorized vehicle (ATV's included) on property of another without advanced permission of the landowner.  
These unlawful actions will, and do, get ground POSTED! 

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Christa and Thomas S (brother and sister from the same household) enjoyed fishing for trout on the opening day of trout season on Pithole Creek, Venango County!

Warren County 
Chapman Dam Reservoir
Once the lake is complete with the rest of the repairs, the reservoir will be stocked. There will also be new regulations for Chapman Dam Reservoir under Miscellaneous Waters with Special Regulations. All species, except trout, are catch and release/no harvest; it is unlawful to take, kill or possess any fish, except trout. All fish caught other than trout must be immediately returned unharmed. For trout, inland regulations apply. This regulation will remain in effect until further notice.

APRIL 1, 2020
Erie County
Lake Erie Tributaries
The Lake Erie tributaries have been stocked with Steelhead smolts. These are the future of our Steelhead fishery so use caution if you catch one. 

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.