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

JULY 1, 2020

Erie County
Lake Erie
Fishing in Western Erie County is picking up.  Anglers are catching Walleye and the occasional Steelhead to the West and East of Walnut Creek in anywhere from 35-60 feet of water.  Anglers are catching Lake Trout in 75-80 feet of water.

Warren County
Allegheny Reservoir
Anglers are catching Smallmouth Bass on small crank baits, jigs, and plastic worms in 2 to 20 feet of water. Anglers are catching Walleye in 6 to 20 feet of water using crawler harnesses, spoons, and spinners. Reminder to all that PFD'S must be worn on all canoes, kayaks, and other boats less than 16 feet in length while on the Allegheny Reservoir.
Allegheny River
Anglers are catching Smallmouth Bass using tubes and jigs throughout the river. Canoes and kayaks should avoid stringing out across the river channel as it makes it difficult for jet boats to navigate the channel, due to their limited ability to maneuver in shallow water. Please be courteous to each other and dispose of refuse properly.

JUNE 24, 2020

Erie County
Lake Erie
Anglers are catching Walleye, Yellow Perch, and Smallmouth Bass. Walleye fishing is good off Walnut Creek and north of Gull Point using worm harnesses. If you head east off North East, you will have luck as well.  Anglers are catching Smallmouth Bass in good numbers both shallow and deep.
Presque Isle Bay
Anglers are catching Smallmouth Bass as they head back out to the lake. 
Mercer County
Shenango Reservoir
Anglers are catching Hybrid Striped Bass, Largemouth Bass, and Northern Pike throughout the Reservoir. The panfish bite has dies off with the warmer water temperatures. A reminder that Shenango Reservoir is now designated as a Panfish Enhancement Lake.  Crappie must be 9 inches to harvest and the creel limit is 20.
Shenango River
The Shenango River fish consumption advisory is still in effect until further notice.   The upper reaches from New Hamburg Bridge to the gas pipeline is now designated as Trout Stocked Waters Open to Year-round Fishing.  This means you can fish year-round in this section of water; however, you must have a trout stamp.

Venango County
Allegheny River
Anglers are catching Smallmouth Bass, Northern Pike, catfish, Bowfin, and Walleye using artificial lures and crankbaits.
French Creek  
Anglers are catching Walleye, Smallmouth Bass, and the occasional Northern Pike.
Oil Creek
The Delayed Harvest Artificial Lure area(s) [DHALO] are closed to harvest until June 15th.  During the period of June 15th through Labor Day, the daily creel limit is three (3) combined species of trout AND minimum size limit is nine (9) inches.
Justus Lake
Anglers are targeting the shallows for Bluegill and having good success on both ants and jigs.

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.