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

May 19, 2022

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Mercer County
Shenango River Lake      
Anglers are catching several species of panfish, but the cold water is keeping them at bay.  A reminder that Shenango River Lake is now designated as a Panfish Enhancement Lake.  Crappie must be nine inches to harvest, and the creel limit is 20. 
Shenango River
The Shenango fish consumption advisory is still in effect until further notice.  
Other waters
The last of the trout stocking has been completed for the county.  There are still lots of opportunities to get out there and catch some trout!

May 11, 2022

Crawford County
Conneaut Lake      
Anglers are catching crappies at the north end.

Lawrence County
Neshannock Creek/Slippery Rock Creek
Anglers are catching many stocked trout using a wide variety of baits including stick baits, lures, artificial baits, and live bait.  The best bait for catching Rainbow Trout is corn and dough baits.  The best bait for catching Brown Trout is worms, maggots, and minnows.
Mercer County
Lake Wilhelm
Anglers are catching panfish, crappies, and Largemouth Bass in the stumps and down by the dam.

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.