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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 (, Northwest Regional Education Specialist, using information provided by Waterways Conservation Officers, Area Fisheries Managers and other PFBC staff.

Fishing and Boating Report – June 24, 2015
Crawford County

Pymatuning Lake
Anglers are reporting Largemouth Bass being active in the early morning and evening hours.  Top water lures such as buzz baits or frogs are getting a lot of action lately.  Anglers are picking up Walleyes drifting or trolling in the deeper sections of the lake.  Bluegills and other panfish have been caught using a bobber and jig tipped with a worm or grub.

Conneaut Lake
Boating activity seems to be in full swing on the lake.  Just a reminder Boating Safety Education Certificates are required to operate a personal watercraft and for persons born on or after January 1, 1982, to operate boats powered by motors greater than 25 horsepower.

Wood turtle nest
This wood turtle nested in a construction zone in Crawford County. The nest was relocated to a safe area by WCO Doyle and some local concerned kids and parents. Some local community members had witnessed her lay eggs and called the NW PFBC office to see what could be done. This was coordinated through the PFBC Environmental Services guidelines.

Western Erie County

Lake Erie and Presque Isle Bay
Boat anglers are doing well on Yellow Perch and Walleye off Walnut Creek and in Presque Isle Bay.  Shore anglers are having sporadic success with Yellow Perch in the Erie Channel and around Presque Isle State Park.

Mercer County

Lake Wilhelm
Anglers are reporting Largemouth Bass hitting around the stumps above I79 Bridge.  Top water lures seem to be the choice among bass anglers.  Walleye and Musky anglers continue to do well in certain areas of the lake.  Near the dam anglers are targeting Channel Catfish from shore.

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Fishing and Boating Report – June 17, 2015
Crawford County

French Creek
A few Walleye and Bowfin are being caught on French Creek.

Woodcock Lake
Some decent-sized Smallmouth Bass along with some smaller Muskellunge are being caught on Woodcock Lake.

Canadohta Lake
A few Largemouth Bass are being caught at Canadohta Lake.

Wood Turtle
Melissa Mack Maruska sent in a photo of a Wood Turtle laying eggs near Cochranton, PA. Please leave these turtles alone and do not disturb the nest.

Central Erie County

Presque Isle Bay
Bass anglers have been hitting the bay pretty hard and have had good success in landing big numbers of both Smallmouth and Largemouth Bass. Presque Isle Bay water temp is 61°.

Lake Erie
Yellow Perch have been a bit fussy this year so far. Some days you’ll get good numbers and some days you’ll be bored out of your mind. There are two places right now that anglers are targeting the Yellow Perch. Anglers seem to be having the best luck out from Gull Point in 50 Ft of water and off Trout Run. Another option is to just look for the pack of boats aka “the Perch pack”.

Anglers are doing really well at Elk and Walnut Creek in Erie County fishing for Channel Catfish

Eastern Erie County

Area Waters
Anglers are reporting some panfish being taken at Eaton Reservoir, Lake LeBoeuf, and Lake Pleasant. The bait of choice is still grubs and minnows.

Lake Erie
Anglers out of the North East Marina are reporting Walleye in 55 to 60 feet of water from the marina to Shades Beach and off the mountain. Smallmouth Bass are still being taken from the W’s to East Ave. in 15 to 25 feet of water. Yellow Perch action has picked up in 35 to 55 feet of water off of the Greenfield, Shades Beach & Freeport. Angles are still catching panfish and bass off of the North & South Piers.  Lake Erie water temperature is 55°

For current Lake Erie conditions call the North East Marina at (814) 725-8244.
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Fishing and Boating Report – June 10, 2015
Clarion County

Kahle Lake
Anglers are reporting catching good numbers of Largemouth Bass, some crappies, and nice Bluegills. The bass are being caught on top water lures & soft plastics. The crappies and panfish are being caught on small jigs tipped with maggots.

Upper Clarion River
Anglers are still reporting good numbers of Smallmouth Bass and some trout. The bass are being caught along the entire length of the river while the trout are being taken near the mouths of Cather’s & Blyson Runs.

All boats, including canoes & kayaks, using the PFBC’s Gravel Lick Access Areas must be registered to use this facility.

Piney Dam
With the lack of recreational boats due to the drawdown anglers continue to report catching Channel Catfish in good numbers, a few Walleyes and good numbers of Smallmouth Bass.

Allegheny River
Walleyes, Smallmouth Bass, and some Northern Pike are still being reported near the Parker islands and the mouths of the Clarion River & Redbank Creek.
All boats, including canoes & kayaks, using the PFBC’s Parker & Brady’s Bend Access Areas must be registered to use these facilities.

Piney Creek DHALO Area
Anglers continue to do well in this project waters. Anglers are reminded only artificial lures may be used in the project and the use or possession of bait is prohibited.

Area Trout Streams
All the areas trout streams still have good numbers of trout. Anglers recently reported catching good numbers of trout on Mill Creek & Cathers Run.

Western Erie County

Walnut & Elk Creeks, Upper Gravel Pit, & Lake Erie
In the lower stretches of Walnut and Elk Creek, anglers have had sporadic success with Smallmouth Bass and Channel Catfish.  Catfish anglers are having their best success when the creeks are muddy after a rain event and shrimp seems to be the bait of choice.  Keep an eye out for the bank beavers at Walnut; they are fun to watch.  Anglers at the Upper Gravel Pit are also still catching some left over trout on minnows.

Lake Erie seemed to have turned over the first week of June, but water temperatures are rising quickly.  Boat anglers are doing well on Yellow Perch off Trout Run and some near shore Walleyes are still being boated. The Walleye bite should be on as soon as the water temperatures warm back up.

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