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

APRIL 16, 2019

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2019 PA Fishing Licenses

REMINDER – Mandatory Cold Weather Life Jacket Wear began on November 1, 2018 and runs through April 30, 2019.  Learn more here.

The 2019 Trout Stocking Schedule is online. If you are interested in helping with trout stocking, search for your county from the drop-down list on the schedule. Pick your favorite stream to meet the stocking trout on the date and time of stocking. 

Erie County
Presque Isle Bay
Anglers are catching Northern Bay in several of the small bays using flashy spinnerbaits. Anglers are catching panfish and Largemouth Bass in Misery Bay.

Forest County
Allegheny River
Northern Pike and Muskellunge fishing has been productive from shore and boats.  Anglers can access the Sand and Gravel Island from the parking area near the Lighthouse and walk to the Allegheny River or Tionesta Creek.  The confluence of the Allegheny River and Council Run is productive for Musky and Northern Pike. Walleye season is currently closed until May 4, 2019.
Tionesta Outflow
Anglers are reminded that they must have purchased a trout permit to fish in the Tionesta Outflow, regardless of fishing for or keeping trout.
Tionesta Lake (Nebraska Bridge)
Water levels fluctuate which could cause the boat launch and road to become inaccessible. Anglers are catching crappie, Yellow Perch, and Bluegill from the bridge.
Mercer County
Shenango Reservoir
The Shenango Reservoir is designated as a panfish enhancement area.  That means crappie must be 9 inches long and the creel limit has dropped from 50 to 20 crappie a day.  All other panfish still have a creel limit of 50, but only 20 of them can be crappie. 

APRIL 10, 2019 

Butler County
Harbar Acres Lake
Harbar Acres Lake is a Trout-Stocked Lake, located on State Game Lands 95. This lake is closed to all fishing from March 1 to 8 a.m. on the opening of trout season on April 13. 

Glade Run Lake
Unpowered boats using the Commission's Glade Run Lake property must have a valid PFBC Use Permit, DCNR Launch Permit, or PFBC Unpowered Registration.  Electric motors are permitted with proper motor boat registration. This lake is closed to all fishing from March 1 to 8 a.m. on the opening of trout season on April 13.
Trout-Stocked Waters
These waters are closed to all fishing from March 1 to 8 a.m. on the opening of trout season on April 13.
Clarion County
Kahle Lake
Anglers are catching some Bluegills, crappies, and Yellow Perch.
Allegheny River (From Emlenton downstream to Lock #9)
Anglers are catching nice Walleye and Smallmouth Bass on the entire length of the river. Anglers are catching a few Northern Pike and Muskellunge near the confluences of the Clarion River and Redbank Creek.
Piney Creek Delayed Harvest Artificial Lures Only Area
The Piney Creek DHALO area was stocked with trout on 3/8/19. Anglers are catching good numbers of trout there. Anglers are reminded the use or possession of bait in the project waters is prohibited.
Erie County
Area Steelhead Tributaries
Steelhead anglers are doing well late into the season.  Elk creek near the mouth has been productive for anglers and Walnut in the chutes has been solid. 
Fairview Gravel Pits
Remember the Fairview Gravel Pit will remain closed until the opening day of trout which is Saturday April 13 at 8am.

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.