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NW REGION REPORTS

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


AUGUST 22, 2019

Butler County
Lake Arthur
Anglers are catching Hybrid Striped Bass throughout the shallow bays in Lake Arthur. Anglers are catching them on the normal bait such as white bombers and Alewife, but also on live bait such as nightcrawlers and minnows. 
Neshannock Creek
Anglers are catching a lot of Smallmouth Bass on rubber worms and tube jigs.      

Crawford County
French Creek
Anglers are catching Smallmouth Bass on various soft plastic lures including tubes, grubs, and ned rigs throughout this stretch. Anglers are catching Northern Pike using live bait and stickbaits. 
 
Venango County
Allegheny River
Anglers are catching Smallmouth Bass on tubes and other soft plastics. Anglers are catching Channel Catfish, Flathead Catfish, and Bullhead Catfish throughout the Venango county section of the Allegheny River. Anglers are catching a few Muskellunge and Northern Pike with live bait being the bait of choice.
Justus Lake
Anglers are catching trout and Smallmouth Bass in 25-40 foot of water.
Kahle Lake
Anglers are catching crappie and Largemouth Bass. Anglers are using jigs as their bait of choice.

Warren County
Kinzua Reservoir
Anglers fishing from boats are catching panfish and Walleye around Devil's Elbow using just nightcrawlers. Devil's Elbow is located between Kinzua Dam and Kinzua Point. It is a small bridge on Route 59 before the large bridge by Wolf Run Marina. The large bridge is another great spot for fishing close to the banks. The best place for Walleye is still around the mouth of Sugar Bay.


AUGUST 14, 2019

Clarion County

Kahle Lake
Anglers are catching Bluegill, Yellow Perch, crappies, and a lot of Largemouth Bass.
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 some nice Walleye in the late evening and early morning hours by trolling the shoreline areas. Anglers are catching some 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
Anglers are catching some nice Walleye in the area around the Parker Islands. Anglers are also catching good numbers of nice Smallmouth Bass during the daytime 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.

Forest County
Allegheny River
Anglers are catching a lot of Smallmouth Bass using tube jigs and live bait.  River levels are low, and weeds will become more prevalent, which can cause some navigational issues for jet boat operators. Boaters are reminded that the use of swimming aides are prohibited to be used on Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission access areas. Also, all boats that use a Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission access area must be registered or have a use permit.
Tionesta Lake
Boaters are reminded that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Slow No Wake Area is still in effect. It extends from the point to the dam. Boaters are also reminded that they must be 100 feet from shore while traveling faster than slow no wake speed. Pontoon Boat operators are reminded that passengers cannot ride outside the passenger carrying area while the boat is traveling at any speed.
Tionesta Creek
Tionesta Creek from Kellettville to Nebraska Bridge is still productive for Smallmouth Bass and Musky.  Water levels are low, which could make navigation of a canoe or kayak difficult.
Clarion River
Boaters are reminded that children 12 years of age and younger must wear a PFD while underway while in a canoe, kayak, or boat 20 feet in length or less. Boaters should also be aware of State Park regulations, while navigating through Cook Forest State Park.


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.