NW REGION REPORTS
REGION COUNTIES -- Butler, Clarion, Crawford, Erie, Forest, Lawrence, Mercer, Venango, Warren (County Guide)
OCTOBER 15, 2019
Anglers are catching a lot of Largemouth Bass and some panfish. All anglers and boaters are reminded that all boats, including canoes and kayaks, are required to be registered or have a launch permit to use this facility.
Piney Dam and the Upper Clarion River
Anglers are catching Walleye in the late evening and early morning hours by trolling the shoreline areas. Anglers are catching some nice Smallmouth Bass during the daytime and Channel Catfish at night. All anglers and boaters using the Mill Creek and Gravel Lick Access Areas are reminded that all boats, including canoes and kayaks, are required to be registered or have a launch permit to use these facilities.
Lower Clarion River
Anglers are catching some nice Walleye and Smallmouth Bass in the rocky areas near the confluence with the Allegheny River.
Allegheny River (Emlenton to Lock #9)
Anglers are catching some nice Walleye in the area around the Parker Islands. Anglers are catching good numbers of Smallmouth Bass during the day and Channel Catfish at night. All anglers and boaters using the Parker City and Brady's Bend Access Areas are reminded that all boats, including canoes and kayaks, are required to be registered or have a launch permit to use these facilities.
Beaver Creek Ponds Project
Anglers are catching Largemouth Bass and panfish.
With the Summer season over, the fishing pressure should increase due to lack of recreational boating.
Woodcock Creek Lake
The drawdown to winter pool should be happening soon.
It is approximately half full and being observed for leaks. You can waterfowl hunt, but NO BOATS ALLOWED.
Anglers are catching Walleye between 65-75 foot of water. Steelhead are beginning to come into Lake Erie tributaries, but not upstream to far yet. Walnut Creek anglers are catching Steelhead on the wall during the morning and evening hours. Elk Creek is a little behind because the mouth has been closed for the past few weeks but will open with the first big rain event.
OCTOBER 9, 2019
With winter approaching, fishing for catfish is picking up. Chicken liver, shrimp or crawlers off the bottom work well. Anglers are catching nice size Yellow Perch at various locations. Traditionally, a good offering is a minnow or small twister-tail grub trailing behind a bobber.
Glade Run Lake
Trout are the only species that may be taken from this lake. All other fish species must be immediately released unharmed. Boats must be registered or permitted to use this PFBC property. Non-powered or electric-powered only. Boats dry-moored at the lake must have a valid Use Permit or registration. Moored boats must be removed by November 1st. The lake will be stocked with trout in November. The daily limit is three trout.
Harbar Acres Lake (SGL 95)
This lake will be stocked in October, water temperatures permitting. The daily limit is three trout.
Don't underestimate this lake for Channel Catfish. Nice sized catfish are fishable from shore from early evening to early morning using almost any kind of bait; hotdogs, shrimp, liver, crawlers and minnows. The best bass fishing is by small boat. This is also a good impoundment for crappie. Please keep the area clean. Make sure to take all your trash with you! Note: Boats accessing The Glades must be non-powered or electric motor only. Although no permits are required for non-powered boats, valid motor boat registration is required for boats using electric motors. Boats may not enter the waterfowl propagation area after August 31st. The propagation area is marked appropriately with yellow signs.
Hunters and anglers are reminded that they must have on board their watercraft, a wearable PFD for each person on board the watercraft. From November 1, 2019 through April 30, 2020, PFD's must be worn at all times while on board any canoe, kayak or boat less than 16 feet in length. Hunters using motorboats are reminded that they must have all firearms unloaded while the motor is in use. Walleye, Northern Pike, and Muskellunge fishing is productive in the Tionesta Pool and along the shoreline around Lighthouse Island.
Anglers are catching Muskellunge and Walleye from the wall and the rip rap on the campground side of the outflow. Anglers are reminded that they must have a trout/salmon permit to fish in the outflow, regardless of fishing for, or keeping trout. Boats are not permitted in the outflow area from the county bridge to the outflow structure.
Anglers are catching Musky by trolling along the shoreline.
Ross Run Children's Area
Children 15 years of age and younger can enjoy some fall fishing opportunities on Ross Run.
The Marienville Rod and Gun Club will stock Spring Creek in early October with adult trout. Anglers are reminded that the daily limit is three trout and they must have a trout/salmon permit to keep trout.
Reports compiled by Chad Foster (RA-FBNWFISHNRPT@pa.gov), NW/SW Region Outreach and Education Coordinator, using information provided by Waterways Conservation Officers, Area Fisheries Managers and other PFBC staff.