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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 – May 18, 2016
Crawford County

Woodcock Creek Lake
Anglers are reporting a few Walleye and Muskellunge are being caught.

Woodcock Creek
Anglers are reporting a few Walleye which mostly are undersize, Muskellunge, and trout are being caught.

Canadohta Lake
Anglers are reporting crappie fishing has been slower than usually.

Forest County

Area Trout Waters
Trout anglers are catching trout by using worms on Beaver Run. Trout anglers using fly gear have been successful on the Tionesta Outflow using caddis dry flies and wet flies.

Allegheny River
Anglers are reporting excellent catches of Walleye on the Allegheny River from Tidioute to Tionesta.

Tionesta Lake
Crappie fishing on Tionesta Lake should start to become productive.  Anglers generally find the crappie in the upper Slow No Wake area near the submerged stumps. Live minnows hooked through the tail under a stick bobber have been a successful method in past years.  Anglers fishing from boats on Tionesta Lake, are reminded that they must wear a P.F.D. at ALL times, while onboard boats less than 16 feet in length and while onboard ALL canoes and kayaks, regardless of their length.

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Fishing and Boating Report – May 11, 2016
Crawford County

Pymatuning Reservoir
Anglers are reporting crappies are moving into the shallows.  Walleye’s are hot in the normal areas such as Tuttle Point, around the Causeway, and off points in the southern end of the lake.

Conneaut Lake
Crappies are being caught at the north end.

French Creek
With the recent rains the water levels were on the rise. Please be cautious when boating and be on the lookout for new strainers throughout the creek.

Erie County

Lake Erie
Perch have been caught off Gull Point in anywhere from 30 to 50 feet of water depending on the day. Some days are far better than others.  Many bass anglers have been hitting the lake as well along the shoreline with mixed results. Anglers are reporting throwing crankbaits for the best results.

Presque Isle Bay
The Yellow Perch have moved out to the lake and the crappie don’t seem to have turned on as of yet. Bass anglers have been hitting the bay hard and have had a mix result as well. Some anglers are catching 40 -50 or more and others are catching 4 or 5. Please remember to check your boat registrations and if you see 16 it’s expired. The valid stickers should be the 17 & 18’s.

Mercer County

Lake Wilhelm
Sheakelyville Road is getting good pressure for Black and White Crappie as well as Bluegill.

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Fishing and Boating Report – May 4, 2016
Butler County

Lake Arthur
Water is still cold (54 degrees) for good fishing.  Some anglers are reporting success with Striped Bass in deeper water.  Other fish species are slow to bite.  Warmer weather will bring an increase in fishing activity.

Harbor Acres Lake
Trout fishing is good at this waterway.  Just about any bait is catching fish but minnows have consistently been the best.  Anglers are reporting nice sized trout in this waterway.

Mercer County

Shenango Reservoir
The water level is normal for this time of year.  Anglers are reporting catches of panfish all around the lake.  If it is your first time venturing out this year, make sure you pick up a license before you fish. Although the mandatory wear is over for this spring, the US Army Corps of Engineers Pittsburgh District Lakes have a year round mandatory wear for all canoes and kayaks and boats under 16 feet in length. Remember your first step in an emergency is to call 9-1-1.

Shenango River
Walleye are out of season but the river is open to trout fishing. This area is designated as a year round trout fishery so a current trout/salmon stamp is required to fish the area from the outflow to the Walnut Street Bridge regardless of species of fish that you are targeting or harvesting.

Neshannock Creek
New for this year, the area of the Delayed Harvest Artificial Lures Only section of the Neshannock Creek in Volant is classified as a Keystone Select Stocked Trout Waters.  This is the only stream with this designation in the Northwest and it is only one of six in the entire state.  Trout two and three years old and measuring 14-20 inches will be stocked in this water which is open to fishing year round. 

Venango County

Allegheny River
The USGS depth gage in Franklin reflects a current water level of +/- 06’-06”.  Water temperature is ranging between 62-68° Fahrenheit, which is 10-14 degrees lower than last year at this time. Smallmouth Bass catch rates continue to be reported with the best success reported on tubes.

French Creek
Fishing activity continues to increase, as weather and water conditions improve.  From Franklin through Utica, anglers have begun reporting sporadic Northern Pike, Smallmouth Bass, and Walleye hook-ups. The USGS depth gage in Utica reflects a current water level of +/-04’-09”. Despite less than ideal weather conditions, canoeists and kayakers are once again being seen along this waterway.

Oil Creek
The USGS depth gage in Rouseville reflects a current water level of +/- 4’-09”. Smallmouth Bass and Walleye are being reported between Oil City and Rynd Farm. The area from Rynd Farm upstream through Drake Well, including the Delayed Harvest Artificial Lure Only section(s), recently received its in-season trout stocking.

Kahle Lake
Given water temperatures, Largemouth Bass reports should be on the upswing soon. Top choices may be crank bait, jigs or a spinner.

Two Mile Run Reservoir (Justus Lake)
Trout harvests are currently at the top of the reported catch list; however, some Bluegill catches were reported.

With the 2016 boating season beginning, boaters are reminded that non-powered watercraft, which otherwise would not require registration, 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:

Many local landowners extend anglers the courtesy of recreational fishing opportunities.  Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission signage is routinely placed along stream sections open to public fishing.  When in doubt, stay out.  Ethical anglers DO NOTlitter, camp, build fires, cut trees, block property, or operate any motorized vehicle or ATV on property of another without advanced permission of the landowner.  These unlawful actions will, and do, get ground POSTED!

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