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Map highlighting counties in the Northwest RegionREGION COUNTIES -- Butler, Clarion, Crawford, Erie, Forest, Lawrence, Mercer, Venango, Warren (County Guide)

Reports compiled by Chad Foster (chfoster@pa.gov), Northwest Regional Education Specialist, using information provided by Waterways Conservation Officers, Area Fisheries Managers and other PFBC staff.

Fishing and Boating Report – July 27, 2016
Western Erie County

Lake Erie
Anglers have been doing very well trolling for Walleye in about 90 feet of water. The Walleye look very healthy and to be of good size.  Largemouth Bass fishing has really picked up in the last week or so.  The South Pier has been producing some big Channel Catfish as of late.  Yellow Perch fishing started slow this year but has really improved in the last few days.  Anglers have been reporting they are having luck between 55-60 foot of water straight out from Walnut.  West of Walnut is also a hotspot for Walleye as well. 

Central Erie County

Lake Erie
Walleye fishing is really good right now both east and west. You will not have any problems coming up with nice catches if you work the trenches out of Walnut or the mountain out of North East. People are also having good results fishing just east of the perch pack more or less off of Shades Beach in about 50 foot of water. Fishing for Yellow Perch has been interesting to say the least. The perch pack stretches from off the point to off of Shades Beach. Some anglers will catch a limit while the boat next to them will catch 3 or 4. What’s more disturbing is the fish finder screens are just loaded with fish.

Eastern Erie County

Panfish are being caught from shore at Union City Reservoir and Lake Pleasant using worms or minnows. Trout can be caught at Lake Pleasant from a boat or canoe in the middle of the lake.

Lake Erie
Walleye are reportedly being caught out of Northeast Marina. Fish are being caught in 50 feet of water anywhere from Northeast to the New York State line. Most boats are using crawler harnesses, flat lining, or using dipsy divers. The Yellow Perch bite on Lake Erie is spotty at best.

Lake Erie’s Water Temperature: 74°
Inland Lakes: 76°

For current Lake Erie conditions, call Northeast Marina at (814) 725-8244

Walnut Creek
Anglers are enjoying the nice weather and good fishing on Lake Erie

Walnut Creek
The Walnut Creek Construction project is moving right along

Walnut Creek
Walleye fishing continues to be good straight out of Walnut Creek in about 70 to 90 foot of water

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Fishing and Boating Report – July 20, 2016
Erie County

Lake Erie
Yellow Perch fishing changes from day to day out on the lake. During the week of 7/18 the perch were located in 43 foot of water between Shades Beach and Shorewood. Walleye fishing is great right now so if you go out and target them you should do very well.

Mercer County

Shenango Reservoir
The water levels are normal for this time of year. The Crappie have spawned out and moved to deeper water.  White Bass and Hybrid Striped Bass are being caught around the lake.  Anglers are reporting Channel Catfish are being caught as well. Keep in mind that there is mandatory wear for all canoes and kayaks and boats under 16 feet in length while boating the US Army Corps of Engineers Pittsburgh District waters. Boating pressure has been down, even during the holidays.

Shenango River
A reminder that the outflow of the dam to the Walnut Street Bridge is designated as a year round trout fishery which means that a current trout/salmon stamp is required to fish the area regardless of species of fish that you are targeting or harvesting.

Venango County

Allegheny River
Anglers are reporting catching several nice Smallmouth Bass throughout the Franklin area when the water and weather cooperate.  Tubes, flukes, and a few smaller jerk baits or crankbaits seem to be the ticket when the bass hit. 
Justus Lake
Anglers are reporting catching several nice Tiger Muskellunge and Rainbow Trout recently. They are also reporting Largemouth and Smallmouth Bass being caught in the shallows on frogs or buzz baits late in the evening or early morning.

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Fishing and Boating Report – July 13, 2016
Crawford County

Canadohta Lake
Anglers are still catching Largemouth Bass and Rock Bass.  A few anglers are catching a couple Walleye and Muskellunge but fishing is slow.

Woodcock Creek Lake
Anglers are catching a few Smallmouth and Largemouth Bass.  Muskellunge have been reported as well.

Woodcock Creek
Bowfins have moved up from French Creek. A few smaller walleyes are being reported as well.

French Creek
The water level is low and may be more difficult to canoe/kayak certain sections.

Forest County

Allegheny River
Water levels on the Allegheny River have increased which could aide in productive fishing.

Tionesta Lake
Musky anglers have been successful on Tionesta Lake. Trolling has been productive in the marina area and near the dam.

Tionesta Outflow
Catfish anglers have been successful in past years fishing the Tionesta Outflow near the fishing trail.  Access to the Tionesta Outflow is restricted on the primitive camping side; however anglers are permitted to drive into the RV camping area to access the outflow.

Sand and Gravel Launch
The Sand and Gravel Launch located in Tionesta is a private launch. The landowner has provided this access to the public free of charge and in order to keep the property open, boaters and anglers who use the access must respect this privilege. Please obey all posted signs and if a restroom is needed, please walk into Tionesta and ask to use a restroom.

Venango County

Allegheny River
Smallmouth Bass catches continue to be reported. The best success was reported on tubes and top-water lures.  Additionally, with the recent discoloration, catfish anglers are returning to their favorite haunts… as previously reported, cut bait is the top reported choice.

French Creek
Fishing activity continues to increase as weather and water conditions improve.  From Utica through Franklin, anglers have begun reporting sporadic Northern Pike, Smallmouth Bass, and Walleye hook-ups. Recent increases in the instances of littering have been reported from Carlton through Utica. Law enforcement patrols in the area have been increased.

Oil Creek
Smallmouth Bass are being reported from Rynd Farm through the Allegheny confluence. Low flow and increasing water temperatures have caused trout to stack in the cooler flows of the incoming tributaries.

Kahle Lake
Anglers are reporting modest Bluegill and Yellow Perch catches. Very few crappie hook-ups have been reported. Also, anglers are reporting several Largemouth Bass catches with averages around 15 inches and weighing in excess of 1.5 pounds.

Two Mile Run Reservoir (Justus Lake)
Anglers are reporting trout harvests at depths between 20’-25’. Sporadic Bluegill harvests have been reported with ants and jigs being the baits of choice. Largemouth Bass harvests are being reported in the southern end of the lake between the swim beach and the dam.

REGISTRATION OF NON-POWERED WATERCRAFT REQUIRED AT PFBC LAKES/ACCESS AREAS:

With the 2016 boating season beginning in full swing, boaters are reminded that ALL non-powered watercraft are required to display either current registration or a launch permit when launching or retrieving at all PFBC lakes and/or access areas.  For a complete listing of regulations pertaining to PFBC properties, please refer to the following link:  http://fishinpa.com/pfbcproperty.html.
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