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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 – December 17, 2014
Erie County—West

Walnut Creek Access
The fish seem to be holding at the Chutes, the Tubes, and at Route 20 on Walnut Creek.  Park at the Gun Club if you want to fish at the Route 20 location.  Quite a bit of small ones are being caught down near the lake on Walnut Creek.  Upper Elk Creek has been good too.  With the recent snow melt off and rain, the tributaries are running high and muddy.  Fishing this weekend should be decent if the area doesn’t get any more rain.

Note: All unpowered boats (canoes, kayaks, stand-up paddleboards, rowboats, etc.) launching or retrieving at PFBC access areas and DCNR state parks or forests must have a current boat registration (issued by any state), or PFBC Use Permit, or DCNR Launch or Mooring Permit.  For more information, visit http://fishandboat.com/registration.htm.

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Fishing and Boating Report – December 10, 2014
Clarion County

Piney Dam
Anglers are still reporting catching nice perch and a few Walleyes on minnows and night crawlers.
        
Kahle Lake
Anglers are still reporting catching nice panfish and a few bass. Small jigs tipped with maggots seem to be the best baits.

Allegheny River
Walleyes continue to be caught on minnows. Anglers have also reported catching several large Muskies.

Piney Creek DHALO Area
Anglers are catching some trout on flies and lures in the project waters.

Erie County (Eastern)

Temperatures this week are forecasted to be in the upper 30’s to low 40’s.  The Mile Streams are open. Angler pressures have been low this week, but there are fish in the creeks. Lake Pleasant will receive its winter trout stockings December 16th. The inland lakes Lake Pleasant, Eaton Reservoir, Edinboro Lake & Lake Leboeuf are still open (no ice). The PFBC does not monitor ice conditions.

Area temperatures are: Lake Erie 41°; Steelhead streams 41°; Presque Isle Bay 41°; inland lakes 40º

Erie County (Western)

Lake Erie
Steelhead shore anglers are doing well when wave conditions permit off the mouth of Walnut Creek, Trout Run, and Godfrey Run. Between the hours of 10pm and 5am, be sure to stay fifty (50) yards away from the mouth of Trout Run and Godfrey Run.

Western Tributaries
Fairview State Fish Hatchery has already been pulling steelhead from Trout Run. After egg collection, some of these fish have been returned to Upper Walnut Creek.  Steelhead stream anglers are having success on Lower Walnut Creek and Elk Creek when water conditions cooperate.

Steelhead
Recent Steelhead catch in Elk Creek. To purchase a hat like the one this angler is wearing, go to the PFBC Outdoor Shop. Click on Merchandise/Magazine Subscriptions and follow instructions to order.

Walnut Creek Access
The water is low and clear and there are few fresh fish coming in.  They are mostly little fish down at the bottom. Most fish are up high in the creeks.

Recent enforcement actions have resulted in a lot of prosecutions; the most common being snagging/foul hooking, a lot of litter, and over limit violations. Daily saturation patrols with both uniformed and plain cloths officers have continued to be very successful. A recent poaching case involved three suspects from Michigan. They were issued various charges totaling over $2000 and seizure of approximately 25 steelhead trout which were illegally taken from Walnut Creek.

Presque Isle Bay
Shore anglers are doing well on panfish off the docks in Marina Lake. Shore anglers have also reported success with panfish along the Bayfront.

Note: All unpowered boats (canoes, kayaks, stand-up paddleboards, rowboats, etc.) launching or retrieving at PFBC access areas and DCNR state parks or forests must have a current boat registration (issued by any state), or PFBC Use Permit, or DCNR Launch or Mooring Permit.  For more information, visit http://fishandboat.com/registration.htm.

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Fishing and Boating Report – December 3, 2014
Butler County

Harbor Acres Lake (State Game Land # 95)
Steady catches of Brown Trout are being reported. Minnows have been the bait of choice. Limit is three trout with the proper license and trout/salmon permit. This waterway falls under the Open to Year Round Fishing regulations.  Please refer to your Fishing Summary handbook for details.

Lake Oneida (Butler Water supply reservoir)
Catfish will be a favorite catch until the lake freezes over. A large live chub fished off the bottom has worked well. Please note that there is no ice fishing permitted at Lake Oneida or Thorn Run Reservoir.

Lake Arthur
With winter approaching, now is a good time to try for Musky. Try a slow boat troll along ice edges (if/when present) using a stick bait. Pike will also be active at this time as well. Early in the ice fishing season, Northern Pike will cruise just beneath the ice looking for small fish that have died due to water temperature variations. Catching pike this way tends to occur mainly within a week or two of first ice. Try a couple of tip ups with a large minnow just below the ice surface to entice Mr. Toothy.  Ice fishing is at your own risk. Ice thickness is not monitored. Good luck and be safe!

Clarion County

Piney Dam
Anglers are reporting catches of some Walleyes and a few perch. Walleyes are being taken by slow trolling the shoreline areas and drifting with night crawlers and shiners. Perch are being taken by drifting with minnows and night crawlers.
          
Kahle Lake
Anglers are still reporting catching good numbers of nice sized panfish and an occasional bass. Small jigs tipped with maggots or minnows seem to be the best baits.
 
Allegheny River
Anglers are reporting catches of some nice Walleyes and a few Muskies and Northern Pike at the mouths of the Clarion River and Redbank Creek. Walleyes are being taken on minnows. Muskie’s and Northern Pike are being taken on large shiners and lures.

Crawford County

Fishing has been slow. Winter drawdowns of both Woodcock Lake and Canadohta Lake appear to have been completed.

Reminder:  All boats moored at PFBC access areas must be removed by Dec. 1st.

Mercer County

Shenango Reservoir
The water level is still higher than usual for this time of year. The way the weather has been so far, it is almost certain that ice fishing is right around the corner. For those of you still boating, remember the water temperature is almost freezing.
A small slip or fall into almost freezing water could be lethal. Please wear your life jacket when on, in, or around water.    

Shenango River
Water levels on the river are up because of release of water preparing the reservoir for winter pool. Make use of the new boat launch in the Village of Hamburg. The Shenango River Watchers have done an outstanding job providing access to the river at this location. There are still plenty of stocked fish below the Shenango Reservoir outflow. This area is designated as a year round trout fishery. A current trout/salmon stamp is required to fish the area from the outflow to the Walnut Street Bridge regardless of the species of fish you are targeting or harvesting. The fall creel limit is three fish. The mandatory cold weather life jacket wear law came into effect November 1st. Life jackets must be worn on all canoes and kayaks, as well as all boats under 16 feet in length.

Note: All unpowered boats (canoes, kayaks, stand-up paddleboards, rowboats, etc.) launching or retrieving at PFBC access areas and DCNR state parks or forests must have a current boat registration (issued by any state), or PFBC Use Permit, or DCNR Launch or Mooring Permit.  For more information, visit http://fishandboat.com/registration.htm.

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