Biologist reports logo Conewango Creek

Warren County
June 24, 2004


Conewango Creek originates in New York state and flows south into Warren County, Pennsylvania. The portion of the creek in Pennsylvania is 13 miles long. It is the first major tributary to the Allegheny River below Kinzua Dam and joins the river in downtown Warren.

On June 24, 2004 staff of the Fisheries Management Area 2 office sampled Conewango Creek in the area between Warren, PA and the New York state line. We made three electro-fishing runs totaling 1 hour and 6 minutes.

We captured a wide range of species. Sportfish included smallmouth bass, northern pike, walleye, rock bass, bluegill and pumpkinseed (see below). Other species included common carp, redhorse (silver, black, golden and shorthead), grass pickerel, northern hogsucker, spotfin shiners and 1 individual each of sand shiner, logperch and bluntnose minnow.

Fisheries Biologist’s Aide Craig Lucas with the 25 inch Northern Pike
Fisheries Biologist’s Aide Craig Lucas with the 25 inch Northern Pike

The water was still somewhat turbid at the time of our survey but the stream is slowing falling back to normal summer flows following the heavy rains this spring. Long slow pools with muddy banks characterized the stream section we sampled. There are numerous downed trees lining the bank. Anglers should target the trees and any rocky shoreline as these areas held the most smallmouth bass. The 2 northern pike came from underneath some low brush overhanging the water’s edge. Other sections of the stream are characterized by rockier habitat with riffles and faster flows.

Species Number Captured Size Range (inches)
Smallmouth Bass 23 4 - 16
Northern Pike 2 22 - 25
Walleye 1 15
Rock Bass 14 5 - 10
Pumpkinseed 5 3 - 5
Bluegill 1 4

Craig Lucas with a 16 inch smallmouth from Conewango Creek
Craig Lucas with a 16 inch smallmouth from Conewango Creek

 
-- Tim Wilson, Area 2 Fisheries Technician

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