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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 – May 20, 2015
Crawford County

Pymatuning Reservoir
Crappies are still biting in the Northern bays around Harris Island and near Wilson Launch. Also plenty of Yellow Perch and Channel Catfish are biting.  This weekend should be a great time to hit the water and take advantage of Fish for Free Day on Sunday May 24th.

French Creek
Anglers are reporting Northern Pike, Walleye, and Smallmouth Bass being caught the lower stretches of French Creek. Small blade baits and fire tiger stick baits seem to get the most reaction strikes. A nice 8 mile paddle to kayak and fish would be the section from Cochranton to Utica.

Venango County

Oil Creek
Anglers are reporting catching numerous Rainbow and Brown Trout throughout the entire section of Oil Creek.  Anglers seem to be having the best luck in the Fly-Fishing Only sections and near the Blood Farm area. To check if this stream will be stocked, please see our stocking schedules.

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Fishing and Boating Report – May 13, 2015
Crawford County

Area Trout Waters
All trout streams in Crawford County are being stocked in May. Trout fishing should be good all month.

Woodcock Lake
A few Walleye and Musky are being caught in Woodcock Lake and below the Dam in Woodcock Creek.

Western Erie County

PFBC Walnut Creek Access
The marina and the channel are being dredged at Walnut Creek Access.  The docks for slip holders and the rest of the launch ramps will be in by this weekend.  Walnut Creek Access has become a Life Jacket Loaner program host by the Sea Tow Foundation.  There is a stand set up in the lobby for people who need to borrow a life jacket for someone to use when going out on the water.  We have all sizes from Infants to Adults XL.  The boaters seem to be doing real well on Walleye at night.  I have heard lots of limits between the hours of 9 PM and 2 AM. 

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 grubs and minnows. Anglers out of the North East Marina are reporting Walleye in 51 feet of water from the marina to the New York state line. Smallmouth Bass are still being taken from the W’s to Shades Beach. Yellow Perch action has picked up in 35 to 55 feet of water off of the Greenfield, Shades Beach & Freeport. Angles are still catching Yellow Perch and Smallmouth Bass off of the North & South Piers. For current Lake Erie conditions call the North East Marina at 814-725-8244.

Forest County

Tionesta Dam Outflow
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is undergoing construction at the Tionesta Dam Outflow which restricts anglers from fishing from the tent camping area.  Anglers can access the Outflow from the campground; however, unless they are camping they must park outside of the gate and walk in.

Cook Forest State Park
The Joe Kopena Memorial Children’s Fishing Derby will be held on May 31, 2015 at the Ross Run Children’s Area.

Tionesta Creek
Fly fishing anglers have been doing well on Tionesta Creek using caddis in the morning and evening hours. 

Venango County

Allegheny River
Water temperature is ranging between 62-68 degrees Fahrenheit, depending upon time of day. 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 Utica through Franklin, anglers have begun reporting sporadic Smallmouth Bass and Walleye hook-ups.  Given these favorable levels, canoeists and kayakers are again being seen along the length of this waterway.

Oil Creek
Smallmouth Bass are being reported between Rynd Farm and Oil City.  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
Solid Bluegill harvests are now being reported.

Two Mile Run Reservoir (Justus Lake)
Bluegill and trout harvests are being reported.

With the 2015 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 NOT litter, 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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Fishing and Boating Report – May 6, 2015
Butler County

Harbar Acres Lake (SGL 95)
The lake was recently stocked with Brown and Brook Trout.  There are plenty of fish in the lake and it’s a great place to take the youngsters. Boating is permitted with electric motors only.

The Glades (SGL 95)
Fantastic catches of Channel Catfish have been reported at the old Christie Road Bridge. Try chicken livers at night for the best results.

Thorn Creek
Thorn creek is located south of the city of Butler along Rt. 8.  This was also recently stocked in-season but has had light pressure.  There are two miles of stream that are float stocked and offer all-day trout fishing opportunities.

Lake Oneida
Some crappies are being caught.  Please review the regulation posters located around the lake before engaging in any activities at this location.    The outflow of Lake Oneida (Connoquenessing Creek) is approved trout waters and requires a trout/salmon stamp to fish.  The lake does not require the trout/salmon permit.

Clarion County

Kahle Lake
Anglers are reporting some crappies, panfish and a few bass.

Upper Clarion River
Anglers are reporting some Smallmouth Bass and trout in the area near the PFBC’s Gravel Lick Access Area.

Piney Dam
Anglers have been reporting Channel Catfish, a few Walleyes and good numbers of Smallmouth Bass. The bass are being reported in the area from the PFBC’s Mill Creek Access upstream to Blyson Run.

Notice to all anglers & boaters recreating on Piney Dam. Beginning on April 1st 2015 thru October 31, 2016 Brookfield Power will draw down the level of Piney Dam to a level approximately 5 feet below normal pool to conduct repairs to the dam. These repairs will consist of the complete rebuild of the 14 discharge gates of the dam. The repairs to each gate will take approximately 6-8 weeks. Brookfield Power acknowledges the drawdown during this period will affect docks and recreation boating on Piney Dam. The drawdown may also affect the Toby & Mill Creek Boat Launches. Brookfield Power will be placing notices in the local newspapers to alert the public of the repairs and impacts to Piney Dam. They also will be placing signage at the Toby and Mill Creek boat launches to alert the boaters and anglers to the drawdown. Contact person at Brookfield Power for any questions is Randy Garletts. Phone number is 301-387-6616.

Allegheny River
Walleyes, Smallmouth Bass and some Northern Pike are still being reported near the I-80 bridge, 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 the project waters. Anglers are reminded only artificial lures maybe used in the project and the use or possession of bait is prohibited.

In Season Trout Stockings
Redbank Creek, Mill Creek, Canoe Creek & Turkey Run were stocked on 4/22/15
Toms Run & Coon Creek were stocked on 4/30.

Notice to anglers fishing Canoe Creek. The section of Canoe Creek that runs under the I-80 bridge on Tippecanoe Road was not stocked this year due to the road closure & construction work that is currently being conducted on the bridge there.

5/7 - Cathers Run & Mill Creek - Meet stocking truck 10:45 am Int. SR 36 & 66 Leeper Red & White Store.
5/13 - Redbank Creek - Meet stocking truck 10:30 am Plyler's Buffet & Family Restaurant SR 36 Brookville.
5/14 – Bear, Silver & Beaver Creeks - Meet stocking truck 10:45am Bruin bowling alley SR268 in Bruin.
5/20 - East Sandy, Piney and Leatherwood Creeks - Meet stocking truck 11:15 am Exit 64 I-80 at Rehobeth Church Road parking lot.
5/22 - Toms Run - Meet stocking truck at 12 pm Cook Forest State Park SR 36 in Cooksburg.  

Crawford County

French Creek
Water levels are great for fishing and boating. Reminder there is a portage at Cochranton due to bridge construction.

Geneva Swamp
Bowfin and Northern Pike are starting to hit.

Conneaut Lake
Large Bluegill and crappie are hitting at the North end.

Area Waters
Reminder for all these places…If you take it in, take it out with you.

Lawrence County

Bessemer Lake and Cascade Quarry
These impoundments were recently stocked with trout.  The fish at Cascade Quarry were striking almost all of the anglers’ offerings within minutes of being stocked!

Mercer County

Lake Wilhelm
Crappie are biting in the stumps.

Western Erie County

Walnut Creek Marina
The marina and the channel are to begin getting dredged out on Monday May 4, tentatively.   The slips here are supposed to be in by May 9th if at all possible.  The lake had ice on it later this year so everything got held up a bit. The office at Walnut Creek is open on Thursday thru Sunday from 7 AM till 5:30 PM. until May 9.  Then we will be open and fully staffed seven days a week the usual hours of:  Monday – Thursday from 8am till 6:30pm, Friday and Saturday from 6am till 10pm and Sundays from 6am till 8pm.

Public Access to Free Life Jackets Provided to Help Make Local Boating Safer.
Walnut Creek Access – Beginning May of 2015 the PFBC announces it will open a new Life Jacket Loaner Stand located in the lobby of the Administration building at Walnut Creek Marina courtesy of the Sea Tow Foundation, through a grant from The Sport Fish Restoration and Boating Trust Fund. These Life Jackets are to be used to replace missing or damaged PFD’s or use for extra guests on your boats. The life jackets are free to be borrowed and are available in a variety of sizes ranging from infant to adult XL. The life jackets are to be returned at the end of the day. We will have a sign-out sheet for people to sign out the life jackets.

Life Jacket Loaner Stand
Beginning May of 2015 the PFBC announces it will open a new Life Jacket Loaner Stand located in the lobby of the Administration building at Walnut Creek Marina courtesy of the Sea Tow Foundation in an effort to keep the public safe on our waterways.

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