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

August 3, 2022

Crawford County
Woodcock Creek Lake
The lake is at summer pool. Anglers are catching panfish, Walleye, and Muskellunge. 
Woodcock Creek
Anglers are catching Muskellunge, Walleye, Smallmouth Bass, and panfish.
French Creek
Boats must have registration or a launch permit before use at Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission (PFBC) accesses. Boat operators must also ensure that their boats are equipped with the proper safety equipment prior to your float.
Canadohta Lake
Anglers are catching Muskellunge, Walleye, and panfish.
Sugar Lake
Anglers are catching panfish, Chain Pickerel, Bowfin, and Largemouth Bass.
Tamarack Lake
The lake is open to hunters, boaters, and anglers. The lake is being managed as catch and release only.   Anglers are catching Largemouth Bass and panfish. Boats must have registration or a launch permit. Boat operators must also ensure that their boats are equipped with the proper safety equipment.
Conneaut Lake
Anglers are catching crappie in deeper water.  Anglers are catching Largemouth Bass and Northern Pike as well.

Forest County
Allegheny River
Anglers are catching a lot of Smallmouth Bass on tube jigs and live bait.  Anglers are also catching Walleye near the confluence of the river and Tionesta Creek. The Allegheny River has seen a significant increase in non-powered watercraft, which at times causes conflict with powered watercraft.  Please be courteous.  Non-powered watercraft should avoid stringing out across the river channel, which makes it difficult for powered watercraft (jet operated boats) to safely navigate.  Powered watercraft operators should reduce speed, if possible, when encountering non-powered watercraft.
Tionesta Lake
Anglers are catching Bluegill, Yellow Perch, and the occasional Rainbow Trout in the evening hours near the dam with live bait and a bobber.  Nebraska Bridge has been productive in the evening hours for crappie and catfish.  Anglers may fish from the bridge; however, they should remain alert due to passing vehicle traffic.
Tionesta Creek
Tionesta Creek from Kellettville to the Nebraska Bridge is productive for Smallmouth Bass and Muskellunge fishing.  Anglers can launch a canoe or kayak from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACOE) campground at Kellettville and fish to Nebraska Bridge.  Canoes and kayaks must be registered or have a launch permit to use the PFBC Access Area at the Nebraska Bridge. Anglers/boaters can also take out at the USACOE launch located near Jug Handle Run, which does not require registration or a permit.
Tionesta Outflow
Anglers are catching Muskellunge and Walleye from the wall and the campground side of the outflow.  Anglers should have a net on hand if they attempt to reel a fish in from the wall. Anglers, fishing in the eddy near the concrete pier, are catching Yellow Perch on the campground side of the outflow using bobbers.

Butler County
Lake Arthur
Anglers are catching catfish, mostly at night, using worms on harnesses.  Anglers are catching Walleye on worms as well.  Anglers are catching Largemouth Bass on a variety of baits including creature-type baits during the morning hours.  Darker colors with some glitter seem to work best.  

July 20, 2022

Clarion County
Piney Dam
In addition to increased risk of injury or death, section 105.1 (58 PA Code) provides criminal penalties for boats operating within dam exclusionary zones; therefore, boaters are reminded to keep clear and be mindful of occurring signage.


All motor, speed, and wake boaters are reminded to adhere to slow, no wake operation where appropriate/applicable.

All motor, speed, and wake boaters are respectfully requested to keep continual/prolonged operation to the more remote waters areas of Piney Dam, so to best keep conflicts to a minimum. (between tenants and/or other boaters)

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Mercer County
Shenango River Lake
The warmer water temperatures are driving the fish into deeper waters.  In the evening, White Bass and White Bass Hybrids are chasing shad to the surface. A reminder that Shenango River Lake is designated as a Panfish Enhancement Lake.  Anglers are catching panfish in the deeper water close to shore.  Crappie must be nine inches to harvest, and the creel limit is 20. 
Shenango River
The Shenango River fish consumption advisory is still in effect until further notice.   
Venango County
Allegheny River
Anglers are catching Smallmouth Bass using jigs or flukes.
Oil Creek
Anglers are catching Smallmouth Bass from Rynd Farm through the Allegheny confluence, with the greatest concentration of anglers occurring between the Center and Seneca Street Bridges.  Low flow and increasing water temperatures have caused trout to stack in the cooler flows of the incoming tributaries. 
Clarion River
Anglers are catching Smallmouth Bass using a variety of top water lures and flukes. 

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.