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

February 24, 2021

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REMINDER – Mandatory Cold Weather Life Jacket Wear began on November 1, 2020 and runs through April 30, 2021 for anyone on boats less than 16 feet and in all canoes and kayaks.  Learn more here...

REMINDER – Once there is ice on the lakes, be sure to check the thickness and safety before venturing out on the ice.  Ice should be clear to be safe, once it thaws, aerates and refreezes it loses its integrity. 

REMINDER - Jaw Jackers and Automatic Fisherman Devices are prohibited for use. Interested individuals can find the relevant regulation here 58 Pa. Code § 63.6. Authorized devices for game fish, baitfish and fishbait. ( Opens In A New Window    

Mercer County
Shenango Reservoir
Ice anglers are catching panfish at the local areas.  Avoid venturing out on the ice alone.  A reminder that Shenango Reservoir is now designated as a Panfish Enhancement Lake.  Crappie must be nine inches to harvest and the creel limit is 20. 
Shenango River
The Shenango fish consumption advisory is still in effect until further notice.  
Basic Boating Course
It may not seem like it now, but Spring boating season is right around the corner.  Check out for Boating Safety Courses in your area.
Trout Stocked Waters
Trout Stocked Water streams throughout the state are now closed for the stocking of trout in preparation for the statewide opening day on April 3rd.  Impoundments will continue to be open on a catch and release basis for trout.  

February 17, 2021

Clarion County
Piney Dam and the Upper Clarion River
Piney Dam has iced over but ice conditions are not safe. The upper portion of the Clarion River is iced over in most areas.  
Lower Clarion River
The lower portion of the Clarion River has iced over in most areas.
Allegheny River
The river has iced over in most areas.

Mercer County
Lake Wilhelm
Ice anglers are catching a variety of panfish throughout the lake.  Anglers are catching Bluegill, Yellow Perch, and crappie using small soft plastics on tungsten jigs.  Anglers are also using maggots, mousies, and meal worms on small tungsten jigs for panfish. Anglers are catching nice Largemouth Bass using tip ups.

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.