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

November 2, 2022

Mandatory Cold Weather Life Jacket Wear
Mandatory cold weather life jacket wear will begin on November 1st.  This means that a person must wear a US Coast Guard approved personal flotation device (PFD or life jacket) while underway or at anchor on boats less than 16 feet in length or any canoe or kayak from November 1, 2022, through April 30, 2023.

Erie County
Area Steelhead Tributaries
Steelhead fishing has been excellent in all area streams. Anglers are catching multiple Steelhead on every trip, especially after a recent rain. Anglers are using a variety of lures, including blue and silver spoons, egg sacks, single eggs, paste baits, pink worms, and dark-colored wooly buggers.   
Lake Erie
Anglers are catching Yellow Perch in the channel of Lake Erie. The docks are out at Shades Beach and Northeast Marina. The Lake Trout fishing is starting to pick up. Lake Erie can be unpredictable this time of year, so pay close attention to the weather. 

October 26, 2022

Venango County
East Sandy Creek, Mill Creek (Rockland Township), and Pithole Creek
At this time of year, each of these streams start to receive runs of Brown Trout, predominantly in the lower stretches, as the trout make their way upstream from the Allegheny River.  Anglers should wait for stained, but receding, water conditions.  A great bait of choice is red worms with just a bit of split shot.
Oil Creek
The Delayed Harvest Artificial Lures/Keystone Select waters received their fall stocking on October 3, 2022.     

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.