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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 – February 26, 2015
Reminder: The PFBC does not monitor ice thickness.  Ice thickness and conditions can vary greatly across the lake. Use caution as you head out onto the ice. A life jacket and a set of ice awls can be extremely important if you fall though the ice. Remember SAFETY FIRST: http://fishandboat.com/safety.htm

Butler County

Lake Arthur
Fishing has slowed with the snow pack covering the ice.  Extreme cold temperatures have kept many anglers away.  Jigging with a small minnow or a jig tipped with a wax worm has been successful for panfish.

Lake Oneida
Anglers are reminded that ice fishing on Lake Oneida or Thorn Run Reservoir is prohibited.

Western Erie County

Walnut Creek, Elk Creek, Crooked Creek, Upper Gravel Pit
Fishing has been very slow in the west county primarily due to subzero temperatures.  A few hard water anglers have been drilling in lower Walnut Creek by the mouth and have had very limited success.  A few anglers have been seen at the creek mouths.  The WCO for the area talked to one lone angler fishing the Upper Gravel Pit one day who had caught a few brown trout. 

Presque Isle Bay press release
The Erie-Western Pennsylvania Port Authority is issuing a Public Advisory for Presque Isle Bay and adjacent waters.  Beginning on March 2nd, Donjon Shipbuilding & Repair is expecting the arrival of a Canadian ice breaker to begin breaking up a path to the shipyard and turning basin.  This work is necessary to accommodate both the departure and movement of vessels and will continue throughout the month of March.

It is expected that the disruption of existing ice conditions will be limited to the eastern portion of Presque Isle Bay/East of Dobbins Landing.  (This area should be avoided at all times.)  However, the public should be advised that all portions of the Bay could be impacted by this work.  Extreme caution should be used at all times when accessing the Bay for any and all recreational purposes.
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Fishing and Boating Report – February 18, 2015
Reminder: The PFBC does not monitor ice thickness.  Ice thickness and conditions can vary greatly across the lake. Use caution as you head out onto the ice. A life jacket and a set of ice awls can be extremely important if you fall though the ice. Remember SAFETY FIRST: http://fishandboat.com/safety.htm

Crawford County

Canadohta Lake
Anglers are reporting nice Yellow Perch near the North end of the lake. Mousies and maggots seem to be the baits of choice when targeting panfish. Golden Shiners rigged under a tip-up should entice Northern Pike or even a Musky to hit.

Conneaut Lake 
Anglers are reporting decent sized Bluegill near the South end of the lake.  Anglers are catching a few nice Northern Pike near both the North and South end of the lake.  Shiners and suckers rigged under a tip-up should work to catch those larger predatory fish.

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Fishing and Boating Report – February 11, 2015
Reminder: The PFBC does not monitor ice thickness.  Ice thickness and conditions can vary greatly across the lake. Use caution as you head out onto the ice. A life jacket and a set of ice awls can be extremely important if you fall though the ice. Remember SAFETY FIRST: http://fishandboat.com/safety.htm

Crawford County

Canadohta Lake
Anglers are reporting a few crappies and Bluegills are being caught.

Woodcock Lake
Anglers are reporting a few Yellow Perch and an occasional Walleye are being caught.

Woodcock Creek (below the dam)
Anglers are reporting some decent Walleyes are being caught.

Sugar Lake
Anglers are reporting some Bluegills and crappies are being caught.

Eastern Erie County

Area Waters
Anglers are reporting catches of panfish on grubs, wax worms, and minnows with small jig heads. Vary your depth and jig colors. The Steelhead streams are iced over.

Lake Pleasant
Don’t forget Lake Pleasant is open to year round fishing; however, no trout may be taken or possessed on this water from March 1st through the opening day of trout season 8:00 am April 18th.

Forest County

Area Waters
Anglers have been successful ice fishing on Tionesta Lake, Allegheny River Reservoir, and Chapman Lake.

Anglers are catching Bluegill and Yellow Perch on Tionesta Lake near the marina.

Anglers ice fishing on Chapman Lake are catching trout near the boat launch and dam area.

Ice fishing anglers on the Allegheny River Reservoir have been successful in Willow Bay catching Northern Pike and Walleye.

Anglers should wear a life jacket and have ice awls available while fishing on the ice.

NOTICE to trout anglers who fish Ross Run: The Children Only Area is now permanent and can ONLY be fished by children 12 years of age and younger, including the opening day of trout season.  In past years, the area has been open to adults under the temporary permit.

Venango County

Area trout stocking info
Trout stocking in Venango County begins on March 6th.  Individuals wishing to attend are urged to reference the 2015 TROUT STOCKING SCHEDULE link found on the agency’s home page, at www.fishandboat.com, in order to verify the appropriate date and time of your favorite Venango County stream(s).

Allegheny River
The river has frozen over in many spots throughout the county.  Shore/anchor ice is UNSAFE!  Occasional Walleye harvests continue to be reported throughout the Oil City area.

Justus Lake (Two Mile Run Reservoir)
Bluegill and Yellow Perch are being reported down lake of the upper launch. 
Fishing pressure has been on the increase towards the dam from the lower launch… limited hook-ups have been reported.

Rainbow Trout have been caught throughout the lake.

Kahle Lake
Fishing has been slowing down over the last few weeks with limited hook ups being reported.

Anglers are reminded that KAHLE LAKE is governed under the Big Bass Regulations.  Also, a new year is upon us; so, you’ll need either a 2015 or valid multi-year license.

French Creek
The USGS depth gage in Utica reflects a current water level of 3’-09”.  Angling activity continues to be light.  No hook-ups have been reported.

Oil Creek
Oil Creek has frozen over in many spots throughout the county.  Shore/anchor ice is UNSAFE!

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