NW REGION REPORTS
REGION COUNTIES -- Butler, Clarion, Crawford, Erie, Forest, Lawrence, Mercer, Venango, Warren (County Guide)
May 12, 2021
Anglers are catching some Yellow Perch, Bluegill, and a lot of Largemouth Bass. Anglers and boaters are reminded that Kahle Lake is a PFBC owned lake. All boats, including canoes, kayaks, and paddleboards must be registered or have a PFBC or DCNR launch permit to use this facility.
Piney Dam and the Upper Clarion River
Anglers are catching crappies near the Toby Bridge and near the slide below the Route 322 bridge. They are catching a few Smallmouth Bass and some nice Walleye between the PFBC Mill Creek Access and Blyson Run. Anglers and boaters using the PFBC's Mill Creek and PFBC's Gravel Lick Access Areas are reminded that these are PFBC owned access areas and that all boats, including canoes, kayaks, and paddleboards must be registered or have a PFBC or DCNR launch permit to use these facilities.
Lower Clarion River
Anglers are catching a few Northern Pike and an occasional Muskellunge near the confluence with the Allegheny River.
Anglers are catching a few Northern Pike and an occasional Muskellunge in the Foxburg pool and at the confluence with the Clarion River and the confluence of Redbank Creek. Anglers and boaters using the PFBC's Parker City Access Area and the PFBC's Brady's Bend Access Area are reminded that these are PFBC controlled or owned access areas and that all boats, including canoes, kayaks, and paddleboards must be registered or have a PFBC or DCNR launch permit to use these facilities.
Beaver Creek Ponds Project
All fishing is currently closed in the project waters until the opening day of bass season.
All the trout streams have been stocked with their allocations of in season trout. All the streams still contain good numbers of trout. Anglers are doing extremely well on Mill Creek and Cather's Run. Anglers are catching nice trout in the Piney Creek Delayed Harvest Artificial Lures Only Area. Anglers are reminded that only artificial lures can be used there. The use or possession of bait there is prohibited, and no trout may be kept or possessed at this time while fishing there.
Venango County and Butler County
THE GREAT WHITE FLEET FINISHES ANOTHER CHAPTER…excerpt from WCO Kerr
"Another safe and successful trout stocking season is now in the books. I will personally state that it is a process that couldn't be as successfully undertaken without the unselfish dedication and commitment of volunteer assistance. Regardless of when and where our paths crossed, I have been blessed with crews that unwaveringly stay beside me from start to finish; whether 9° below or 90° above. Of those constant companions, there are too many to mention by name and, further, I fear I would inadvertently omit someone. To each of you, know that I respect and appreciate everyone for their friendship, counsel, and help! That said, this submission focuses on that up and coming generation of anglers, stocking support, and outdoor enthusiasts… I, along with my previously mentioned mates, were blessed throughout 2021 (and earlier) with assistance from countless students drawn from several area school districts."
Here are a few homages to the students and their instructors, as well as their adventures and dedication to the sport…
OIL CITY AREA SCHOOL DISTRICT (Oil Creek; preseason—Venango County)
Advisor(s): Michael C. & Katie P.
CRANBERRY AREA SCHOOL DISTRICT (Oil Creek; inseason—Venango County)
Advisor(s): Michael H. & Dustin W.
LAUREL AREA SCHOOL DISTRICT
Advisor: Ryan S. (photographs contributed by Tina K.)
(Slippery Rock Creek—Butler County)
SHENANGO AREA SCHOOL DISTRICT
Advisor: Matt M.
(Slippery Rock Creek—Butler County)
May 5, 2021
Woodcock Creek Lake
The lake is refilling from the unexpected draw down in March.
The stream is now stocked with trout. Anglers must possess a valid Trout Permit to fish for any species of fish in the stream. Anglers are catching Muskellunge, Walleye, and panfish below the dam.
Reminder to boaters using the PFBC access on the creek, boats must be properly registered before using PFBC access areas. Also, please be sure to have all required safety equipment on board prior to the start of your float.
Anglers are catching Muskellunge, Walleye, and panfish. Water levels are low in the lake. Reminder to all boaters launching from the PFBC access, boats must possess the correct and current registration or launch permit.
Anglers are catching panfish, Chain Pickerel, Bowfin, and Largemouth Bass.
The lake is open to hunters, boaters, and anglers. Remember to have all required safety equipment and proper registration if going out in a boat, canoe, or kayak. This is a reminder to all anglers that the lake is still listed as catch and release only. Anglers are catching Largemouth Bass and panfish from the docks.
Area Trout Streams
All the stocked trout streams have received their in-season stocking.
Fly anglers are catching trout using caddis dry flies and nymphs. Some Blue Wing Olives are hatching in the morning in about a size 20.
East Hickory Creek DHALO
Anglers have historically done well using Green Drake dry flies around the Memorial Day weekend. Anglers should fish the evening hours to dark to catch the Green Drake hatch.
Anglers are catching trout using Blue Wing Olives in the morning and caddis during the day. Anglers must possess a current trout and salmon permit to fish in the outflow, regardless of specifically fishing for trout. Boats are not permitted upstream of the county bridge.
Maple Creek and Spring Creek
The Marienville Rod and Gun Club has recently stocked Maple and Spring Creek.
The Kellettville Sportsman's Club stocked the Children Only Area on April 24th and the Fish and Boat Commission will stock on May 7th.
Salmon Creek will be stocked on May 7th. Anglers are catching trout using minnows. With low and clear water conditions, it is beneficial to use small hooks, covering the entire hook with bait. Anglers that find and fish cover such as undercut stream banks are usually successful.
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.