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

FEBRUARY 13, 2019

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2019 PA Fishing Licenses went on sale December 1st. 

REMINDER – Mandatory Cold Weather Life Jacket Wear began on November 1, 2018 and runs through April 30, 2019.  Learn more here.

REMINDER - The PFBC does not monitor ice thickness.  Ice thickness and conditions can vary greatly across the lake. Use caution as you head out onto the ice. A life jacket and a set of ice awls can be extremely important if you fall though the ice. Remember SAFETY FIRST: 

Erie County
Area Steelhead tributaries
Currently, tributaries are open, but you'll have to watch the weather forecast and freezing temps to see if they'll remain open.  Plenty of steelhead are still in the streams and will be until April.
Presque Isle Bay
Fishing from the North and South Piers is a great place to target Yellow Perch right now. 

Forest County
Allegheny River
The Allegheny River at the Tionesta Sand and Gravel Launch is not accessible by boat due to ice accumulations in front of the boat ramp.  Shoreline fishing is also hindered by ice accumulations on the shoreline. Prior to the development of ice on the Allegheny River, anglers were catching Walleye and Northern Pike from boats and from thet shoreline.
Tionesta Outflow
Open water has provided anglers the opportunity to fish from the wall for Yellow Perch, Walleye, and Muskellunge.  Anglers are reminded that they must have purchased a Trout Permit to fish in the Tionesta Outflow, regardless of fishing for or keeping trout.
Mercer County
Shenango Reservoir
Walleye goes out in Commonwealth Waters on March 15. Spring and boating season is right around the corner.  Check the PFBC website for Boating Safety courses in your area.
Trout Stocked Waters
A reminder that all Trout Stocked Waters will be closed to all fishing from March 1 until 8 am on April 13. 
Venango County
Allegheny River
Anglers are catching Walleye, Muskellunge, and the occasional Northern Pike.
Oil Creek
As of the second week of February, water conditions downstream of the ice control device remain open.  Upstream of the ice control device, however, several portions of the stream and/or streambank remain locked in ice.
Justus Lake
Anglers are catching trout throughout the lake.
Kahle Lake
Anglers are catching crappie, Yellow Perch, and Bluegill.

FEBRUARY 6, 2019 

Butler County
Harbar Acres Lake
This lake, located on State Game Lands 95, was stocked with Rainbow Trout in late October.  The creel limit is 3 trout with the appropriate fishing license and trout/salmon permit.  All fishing is prohibited after February 28.
Lake Arthur
The Muddy Creek finger of the lake continues to be a hot spot for early-ice crappie, Yellow Perch, Bluegill, and Largemouth Bass.  Minnows or wax worm-tipped jigs are a good option.  Floating a dead minnow just beneath the ice has been a good trick for Northern Pike and Muskellunge.
Clarion County
Kahle Lake
Ice anglers are catching nice Yellow Perch, crappies, Bluegill, and Largemouth Bass.
Piney Dam
Ice anglers are catching some nice Yellow Perch and Walleye.

Lawrence County
Bessemer Lake
Anglers are catching trout through the ice using a variety of baits.  Anglers are also catching crappies using green and white plastic worms.
Mercer County
Lake Wilhelm
Anglers are ice fishing near the dam and catching panfish.

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.