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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 – July 16, 2014
Venango County

Allegheny River
The USGS depth gage in Franklin reflects a current water level of +/- 4’-08”.  Water temperature is holding steady at +/-73 degrees.  Precipitation totals are +/- 2 inches through July 14th. Smallmouth bass are continuing their active habits.  Local hotspots have been near Walnut Bend, below Rockmere, within the Oil City pool, near Astral, and below Brandon. Successes have come on jerk/crank baits.  Catfishing has remained slow, primarily due to elevated water levels. Walleye are still being targeted in the Reno pool, the mouth of Twomile Run, above the Foster Islands, and in the area around Mill Creek.

French Creek
Due to unusually high water levels over the past 30 days, fishing pressure has been unusually light.

The USGS depth gage in Utica reflects a current water level of 3’-06”, which is a drop of +/- 9 inches since the Fourth of July holiday.  Canoeists and kayakers continue to use this waterway in high numbers, due to elevated river conditions.  All operators are encouraged to scout ahead, as stream conditions have been impacted by previous high water events.

Justus Lake (Two Mile Run Reservoir)
Similar to earlier reports, anglers are reporting trout harvests at depths between 20’-25’ of water.

Sporadic bluegill harvests have been reported, ants and jigs are the baits of choice.
Bass harvests are being reported in the southern end of the lake, between the swim beach and the dam.

Boating pressure has remained moderate in comparison to previous years during the period.  Water levels are good, with only the extreme northern end of the lake experiencing heavy vegetation.

Boaters are reminded of the recently completed boat launch, situated just southward of the swim beach.

David R. Shupe caught and released this Paddlefish at the Tionesta Dam Outflow on July 9th

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Fishing and Boating Report – July 9, 2014
Clarion County

Piney Dam
Walleyes and bass are being caught in the area from the Toby Bridge upstream to just below Blyson Run. Some nice channel catfish are being caught there at night.

Boaters using Piney Dam should still use extreme caution while operating in the area of the Toby Bridge. The log & debris jam that had recently formed there has dispersed from the recent high waters. However, there are still several large logs lodged against the bridge pile just under the surface of the water that could cause severe damage to boats or injury to people if struck by a watercraft.

Upper Clarion River
Nice bass continue to be caught from Cook Forest downstream to Mill Creek. Trout are still being caught in the Gravel Lick & Blyson Run areas.

All boaters using the Gravel Lick Access Area are reminded that this access area is owned by the PA Fish & Boat Commission. All boats, including canoes & kayaks, must be registered to use this facility.

Kahle Lake
Anglers are still catching some really nice panfish. Nice bass continue to be caught on soft plastics, crank baits and top water lures.

All boaters using Kahle Lake are reminded that this lake is owned by the PA Fish & Boat Commission. All boats, including canoes & kayaks, must be registered to use this facility.

Allegheny River
Some walleyes and nice bass continue to be caught in the area between Emlenton and East Brady. Channel catfish are being taken at night.

All boaters using the Parker & Brady’s Bend Access Areas are reminded that these access areas are owned or controlled by the PA Fish & Boat Commission. All boats, including canoes & kayaks, must be registered to use these facilities.

Redbank Creek
Trout and bass are still being caught at the dam in New Bethlehem. Bass are being caught from Mayport to below the dam in New Bethlehem.

Beaver Creek Ponds Project
Some nice bass, panfish, and channel catfish are being reported.

Crawford County

Canadohta Lake
Largemouth bass fishing continues to be good. A few walleyes are being caught but not in great numbers.

Woodcock Creek Lake
A few walleyes are being caught mostly on nightcrawlers and leeches. Note: water levels have finally come down to normal, at least until the next heavy rain.

Woodcock Creek
Mainly bluegills, some walleye, musky, and bowfins are being caught.

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. Anglers out of the North East Marina are reporting walleye in 35 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. Perch action has picked up in 35 to 55 feet of water off of the Greenfield, Shades Beach & Freeport areas. Anglers are still catching panfish and bass off of the North & South Piers.
Lake Erie Water Temperature is 71. °
For current Lake Erie conditions call the North East Marina at 814-725-8244.

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Fishing and Boating Report – July 1, 2014
Butler County

Lake Arthur
Very large catfish are being caught on the lake.  Go deep with night crawlers.  A good mix of panfish can be caught around submerged brush piles and trees that overhang the shoreline areas.

Lake Oneida
Big bass can be taken with a night crawler off of the bottom.  Cast as far out as possible.  Notable catches have been made near the old creek channel in the middle of the lake.

Thorn Run Reservoir
Carp are taking dough balls and many are very large.  Catches of catfish are hit and miss, but will improve as we get closer to fall.

Crawford County

Conneaut Lake
Boating activity seems to be picking up 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.

French Creek
Water levels have been high most of June so be sure to scout the creek before boating. There are new strainers and with water levels high there are sweepers.  It is recommended to wear a life jacket during high water.

Geneva Marsh
Mostly bowfin are being caught with a few walleye, pike, bass and panfish mixed in

Mercer County

Lake Wilhelm
Large walleye and crappie are being caught near the dam.

Mercer County

Shenango River
In the last week, Mercer County Control contacted the WCO regarding four separate incidents along the Shenango River Water Trail stretching from Pymatuning State Park to Shenango Reservoir. The incidents involved four vessels that have yet to be recovered, and seven individuals in the river that rescue crews had to assist.  Luckily all individuals are accounted for.  The most serious was a missing person who was found when he walked to a nearby farm and called for help. This was after his parents lost sight of him and he was swept away by the current.  If this individual had not been wearing a PFD, the outcome could have been different. 

Case-in-point regarding the decision to register your unpowered boat vs buying a launch permit: Earlier this year a kayak was recovered without a hull identification number. Law enforcement officials contacted the manufacturer to locate the hidden number. The manufacturer could only provide the name of the selling store but not where the store was located.  The store corporate office stated that they do not keep track of hull identification numbers either.  Therefore there is now no way to determine who owned the vessel.  It is highly recommended that unpowered boat owners register their boats so that if a mishap occurs and your boat is lost, it can be identified and returned to you. No information is kept or recorded if all you buy is a launch permit.

Lindsay Volenik caught her first fish at the NW Family Fishing Festival held on June 21st at Presque Isle State Park

Plenty of family fishing fun was had by all at the NW Family Fishing Festival. To learn more about upcoming PFBC family fishing programs please go to the following website for more information.

Family Fishing Festival

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