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NW REGION REPORTS

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


DECEMBER 12, 2018

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Butler County

Harbar Acres Lake

This lake, located on State Game Lands 95, was stocked with Rainbow Trout in late October.  These were very nice sized trout and were very active when stocked.  Harbar Acres affords sportsmen and women an opportunity to hunt and fish in the same general location.  Daily limit is three trout with valid fishing license and trout stamp.

Glade Run Lake

Non-powered boats using the Commission's Glade Run Lake property must have a valid PFBC Use Permit, DCNR Launch Permit or unpowered registration. These permits or unpowered registration must be properly displayed on the appropriate watercraft.  This applies to all PFBC accesses. 

Lake Arthur

Anglers are catching Channel Catfish and Muskellunge ahead of first ice.  Anglers are catching catfish off the bottom and Muskellunge by trolling with stick baits. Yellow Perch are also hitting on minnows.

Clarion County

Kahle Lake

Anglers are catching Bluegill and Yellow Perch. All anglers and boaters are reminded that all boats, including canoes and kayaks, are required to be registered to use this facility.

Piney Dam and the Upper Clarion River

Anglers are catching a few Walleye and Yellow Perch. All anglers and boaters are reminded that all boats, including canoes and kayaks, are required to be registered to use the PFBC's Mill Creek and Gravel Lick Access Area's.

Allegheny River

Anglers are catching a few Walleye and Northern Pike from Emlenton to Parker. All anglers and boaters are reminded that all boats, including canoes and kayaks, are required to be registered to use the PFBC's Parker City and Brady's Bend Access Areas.

Warren County

Kinzua Reservoir

Anglers are catching Walleye around Sugar Bay on the Kinzua Reservoir.

Allegheny River

Anglers are catching Smallmouth Bass around Betts Park by the Route 6 Bridge. Anglers are catching nice size Muskellunge on the river near Buckaloons. Anglers are catching Smallmouth Bass using grubs near the PFBC Access Area.


DECEMBER 4, 2018 

Butler County

Lake Arthur

Anglers are catching Muskellunge off a boat using medium sized plugs throughout the lake.  Some other anglers are catching Largemouth Bass using different color stick baits.  Anglers are catching a large number of Yellow Perch near the boat launches around the lake using minnows.

Clarion County

Kahle Lake

Anglers are catching Bluegills, Yellow Perch, and some crappies.

Piney Dam and the Upper Clarion River

Anglers are catching a few Walleye and Yellow Perch in the area from the Toby Bridge upstream to near Blyson Run.

Lower Clarion River

Anglers are catching some Smallmouth Bass and a few Walleye on the entire length of the river.

Allegheny River

Anglers are catching Smallmouth Bass, a few Walleye, and Northern Pike from Emlenton to Parker. Anglers are catching a few Muskellunge at the mouths of the Clarion River and Redbank Creek.

Redbank Creek

Anglers are catching trout and Smallmouth Bass at the Dam in New Bethlehem. Anglers are catching Smallmouth Bass and Walleye from below the dam downstream to the confluence with the Allegheny River.

Erie County

Lake Erie

The docks are out at Northeast Marina and Shades Beach. Anglers are catching Lake Trout off the mountain using spoons when lake conditions permit.

Area Steelhead Tributaries

Anglers are catching Steelhead and Brown Trout throughout most of the streams. Until streams freeze up, more Steelhead and Brown Trout will make their way into the streams from Lake Erie. Consult this page for more information about Steelhead and the many public access areas in Erie County.   

Forest County

Allegheny River

Walleye fishing has been productive on the Tionesta pool of the Allegheny River.  Anglers are catching Walleye and Northern Pike from boats and along the shore near the boat ramp and at the point of the island.

Tionesta Lake

Anglers are catching Muskellunge throughout the lake and should continue to be productive until the lake freezes.  Trolling along the shoreline seems to be the most productive method. Anglers are catching Yellow Perch, Bluegill, and crappie from the Nebraska Bridge.  Anglers fishing from the Nebraska Bridge should be cautious of passing vehicles.

Tionesta Outflow

Anglers are catching Muskellunge, Walleye, and Northern Pike near the wall and the campground side.  Downstream of the wall there is a fishing trail that provides access to the creek.  Anglers are reminded that they must have a trout/salmon permit to fish in Tionesta Creek, from the outflow to the confluence with the Allegheny River. The permit is required at all times, regardless of fishing for or keeping trout.

Lawrence County

Neshannock Creek

Anglers in the delayed harvest/Keystone Select Waters are catching trout using spinners.  Black, white, and a chartreuse/orange spinners are the best colors.  Fly fishermen are having the best luck using wooly buggers just below the surface of the water.


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.