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

July 27, 2021

Butler County
Lake Arthur
Anglers are catching crappie on jigs with plastic baits and minnows.  The best time to fish for crappie has been twilight and overnight. Anglers are catching Muskellunge using large swimbaits on a couple different parts of the lake.
Area rivers and lakes
As July comes to an end, fishing is back in full swing.  The recent storms have dropped the water temperatures down in many lakes and streams, the catfish bite is ON!  Many anglers are choosing to go out early morning or just before dark, but anglers are catching catfish throughout the day using scent baits such as chicken liver or cut bait.  As for carp, try floating bread balls by lightly packing the bread around your hook.  Be careful not to press too hard on the bread and squeeze all the air pockets out of it which keeps it afloat.  As for boating, the fluctuating temperatures are making the number of boaters hit or miss.  Make sure to check your local weather forecast prior to your trip, and make sure there's a bridge nearby if a pop-up shower appears.  As always, check the local rules and regulations for the area you are in and make sure you, as well as your vessel, are complying.  

Mercer County
Shenango Reservoir
Shenango Reservoir water levels are still high but are going down.  The abundance of rain in the last week and the cooler temperatures really have the fishing heating up.  A reminder that Shenango River Lake 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.  
Trout Stocked Waters
The delayed harvest areas and other deeper trout streams are still producing trout.  Anglers are catching trout in the Shenango Reservoir as well.  

July 21, 2021

Erie County
Lake Erie
Walleye fishing is on fire right now in 50 – 80 foot of water.  Walleye can be found from the Ohio Line all the way to North East.  Please check your lines often because the lake is full of sub-legal Walleye and sometimes, they don't trip the rods.  Anglers are catching Smallmouth Bass in 20 - 40 foot of water. 
Presque Isle Bay
Anglers are catching some panfish in the bay. 
Forest County
Allegheny River
Anglers are catching a lot of Smallmouth Bass using tube jigs and live bait.  Anglers are catching Northern Pike in the Tionesta Sand and Gravel pool using spoons and live bait from shore and boat. Anglers are catching Walleye near the confluence of the Allegheny River and Tionesta Creek.
Tionesta Lake
Anglers are catching Muskellunge and panfish in both slow no wake areas in the evening hours fishing near the dam with live bait and a bobber.  Anglers are catching Bluegill, Yellow Perch, and the occasional Smallmouth Bass.  Nebraska Bridge has been productive in the evening hours for crappie and catfish.  Anglers may fish from the bridge, however, should remain cautious due to passing traffic.
Tionesta Creek
Tionesta Creek, from Kellettville to Nebraska Bridge, is productive for Smallmouth Bass and Muskellunge fishing.  Anglers can launch a canoe or kayak from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers campground at Kellettville and fish to the Nebraska Bridge.  Canoes and kayaks must be registered or have a launch permit to use the PFBC Access Area at Nebraska Bridge. Anglers and boaters can also take out at the U.S. Army Corps launch located near Jug Handle Run, which does not require registration or a permit.
Tionesta Outflow
Anglers have been successful fishing from the wall and the campground side of the outflow.  Anglers are catching Muskellunge and Walleye from the wall; however, anglers should have a net on hand if they attempt to reel a fish in from the wall.  Yellow Perch fishing has been productive on the campground side of the outflow using bobbers, fishing in the eddy near the concrete pier. Boats are prohibited from the county bridge upstream to the outflow.

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.