Harbor Acres Lake (SGL 95)
This lake was stocked with trout early in October. Many of those fish were Brown Trout. Try using a live minnow or lure to get those brownies to bite. Remember that the daily limit of trout on this waterway is three until March 1st. From March 1st to the opening day of regular trout season in April, it’s open to catch and release fishing only. In addition a trout stamp is required to keep trout.
Walleye have been coming back to life after the warm summer and water temps. Anglers should be able to find the walleye in numbers once again.
November 1st is upon us and that means Mandatory Life Jacket Wear. If you are in a boat less than 16ft or any canoe or kayak you must wear an approved Personal Flotation Device. If hunting, remember the state line is the line and ALL islands are considered to be in PA.
Nice size panfish are being taken.
Good walleye fishing on French Creek has begun. Shaws Landing and Wilson Shute are very popular spots.
Eastern Erie County
East side tributaries
The rains this week have brought the Mile Streams up, and with temperatures forecasted to be in the upper 40’s with rain and snow showers, those are some good steelhead fishing conditions. Steelhead and brown trout have reached the upper limits on 12, 16, & 20 Mile Creeks. Anglers are reporting fish above the bypass on 4 Mile Creek. For all you panfish anglers try the north & south piers and the usual location around the bay and Presque Isle State Park.
For all you steelhead anglers that want to check on current conditions on Walnut Creek go to
the USGS website, USGS 04213152, Walnut Creek Upstream Pool, near Erie, PA for current stream conditions. This is a good indicator of the current conditions on all the area streams.
The docks have been removed from the North East Marina and Shade Beach Safe Harbor.
Lake Pleasant will receive its winter trout stockings on December 17th.
Walleye fishing on the Allegheny River should pick up in mid-November. Anglers can launch at the Sand and Gravel private launch. Anglers can also access the river by foot near the Lighthouse in Tionesta. Fishing in the early morning or just before dark seems to produce the best results.
Area Trout Waters
Trout anglers can try Spring Creek and Maple Creek which were stocked in October by the Marienville Rod and Gun Club.
There have been reports of striped bass being caught along the shores.
Trout were stocked from the outflow to the Walnut Street Bridge. Remember the creel limit is three fish, and a current trout/salmon stamp is required just to fish the river year round now.
Anglers continue to report successful smallmouth bass hook-ups throughout the county. Given the drop in water temperature, walleye once again are the heavily targeted species. Try your luck for walleye near the river bottom in swift water, but don’t forget those eddy’s. Typically jigging produces the largest number of reported hook-ups.
The USGS depth gage in Franklin reflects a current level of 6’-08”; and, the water temperature is running at +/-44 degrees.
Watercraft operators should be aware that the ice control device spanning the Allegheny River, upstream of the State Street (Veteran’s) Bridge in the City of Oil City, will soon be in place. Boaters are urged to use caution when operating in this area, as this device stretches the entire breadth of the river.
Fishing pressure is on the increase. Walleye catches are being reported. The USGS depth gage in Utica reflects a current water level of 5’-04”.
Cold Water Immersion and Hypothermia
Water temperatures are hovering near the mid-40 degree mark. In these temperatures, depending upon environmental as well as physical conditions, you have between 30 minutes and 3 hours of survival time. Always wear a personal flotation device that is serviceable and of the proper size. Additionally, prepare a float plan and provide it to a reliable someone who will immediately activate emergency services in the event you do not return in the time indicated.
Fishing Licenses Make a Great Gift
Fishing license for the 2014 calendar year are available as of December 1st. See the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission’s home page, fishandboat.com, for details.
Mandatory PFD Wear Effective as of November 1st
Signage, like that shown at right, has been posted at numerous high traffic launches throughout the Commonwealth as visual reminders that, during the period of 01 November through 30 April, ALL BOATERS are required to wear a life jacket, at all times, while on watercraft less than 16’ in length or ANY canoe or kayak.