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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 – July 24, 2014
Crawford County

Pymatuning Reservoir
Many anglers have expressed their lack of success this summer fishing for Walleye. This summer has been like previous years. When the water warms up the Walleye fishing slows way down. In years past anglers expected the Walleye to be on the bottom due to the warm water and had success fishing suspended up off the bottom. This might be the ticket to fill coolers again this year.

Remember that riding on the bow of boats is no longer allowed. As an example, a pontoon boat moving at any speed must have all passengers within the passenger carrying compartment area.

Conneaut Lake
This summer the lake has been abuzz with anglers, PWC’s and other recreational boats. Always maintain a proper lookout for other boats and skiers.

Forest County

Allegheny River
The Allegheny River has dropped to just about normal summer levels making canoeing and kayaking more enjoyable.  Also with the river levels dropping the smallmouth bass fishing should pick up.

Salmon Creek
Trout anglers are still having success on Salmon Creek, using dry flies in the evening hours.  Caddis, Lite Cahill, Sulphers should be the most productive in the evening and a Blue Wing Olive in the morning hours.

Tionesta Outflow
The Tionesta Outflow has been productive for musky and catfish anglers.  Musky anglers have been most productive near the outflow using large lures. Catfish anglers have been productive just downstream of the outflow in the evening hours utilizing live bait.

Tionesta Lake
Anglers have been catching yellow perch and crappies on Tionesta Lake, mainly in the upper Slow No Wake Area around the stumps.

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Fishing and Boating Report – July 16, 2014
Venango County

Allegheny River
The USGS depth gage in Franklin reflects a current water level of +/- 4’-08”.  Water temperature is holding steady at +/-73 degrees.  Precipitation totals are +/- 2 inches through July 14th. Smallmouth bass are continuing their active habits.  Local hotspots have been near Walnut Bend, below Rockmere, within the Oil City pool, near Astral, and below Brandon. Successes have come on jerk/crank baits.  Catfishing has remained slow, primarily due to elevated water levels. Walleye are still being targeted in the Reno pool, the mouth of Twomile Run, above the Foster Islands, and in the area around Mill Creek.

French Creek
Due to unusually high water levels over the past 30 days, fishing pressure has been unusually light.

The USGS depth gage in Utica reflects a current water level of 3’-06”, which is a drop of +/- 9 inches since the Fourth of July holiday.  Canoeists and kayakers continue to use this waterway in high numbers, due to elevated river conditions.  All operators are encouraged to scout ahead, as stream conditions have been impacted by previous high water events.

Justus Lake (Two Mile Run Reservoir)
Similar to earlier reports, anglers are reporting trout harvests at depths between 20’-25’ of water.

Sporadic bluegill harvests have been reported, ants and jigs are the baits of choice.
Bass harvests are being reported in the southern end of the lake, between the swim beach and the dam.

Boating pressure has remained moderate in comparison to previous years during the period.  Water levels are good, with only the extreme northern end of the lake experiencing heavy vegetation.

Boaters are reminded of the recently completed boat launch, situated just southward of the swim beach.

David R. Shupe caught and released this Paddlefish at the Tionesta Dam Outflow on July 9th

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Fishing and Boating Report – July 9, 2014
Clarion County

Piney Dam
Walleyes and bass are being caught in the area from the Toby Bridge upstream to just below Blyson Run. Some nice channel catfish are being caught there at night.

Boaters using Piney Dam should still use extreme caution while operating in the area of the Toby Bridge. The log & debris jam that had recently formed there has dispersed from the recent high waters. However, there are still several large logs lodged against the bridge pile just under the surface of the water that could cause severe damage to boats or injury to people if struck by a watercraft.

Upper Clarion River
Nice bass continue to be caught from Cook Forest downstream to Mill Creek. Trout are still being caught in the Gravel Lick & Blyson Run areas.

All boaters using the Gravel Lick Access Area are reminded that this access area is owned by the PA Fish & Boat Commission. All boats, including canoes & kayaks, must be registered to use this facility.

Kahle Lake
Anglers are still catching some really nice panfish. Nice bass continue to be caught on soft plastics, crank baits and top water lures.

All boaters using Kahle Lake are reminded that this lake is owned by the PA Fish & Boat Commission. All boats, including canoes & kayaks, must be registered to use this facility.

Allegheny River
Some walleyes and nice bass continue to be caught in the area between Emlenton and East Brady. Channel catfish are being taken at night.

All boaters using the Parker & Brady’s Bend Access Areas are reminded that these access areas are owned or controlled by the PA Fish & Boat Commission. All boats, including canoes & kayaks, must be registered to use these facilities.

Redbank Creek
Trout and bass are still being caught at the dam in New Bethlehem. Bass are being caught from Mayport to below the dam in New Bethlehem.

Beaver Creek Ponds Project
Some nice bass, panfish, and channel catfish are being reported.

Crawford County

Canadohta Lake
Largemouth bass fishing continues to be good. A few walleyes are being caught but not in great numbers.

Woodcock Creek Lake
A few walleyes are being caught mostly on nightcrawlers and leeches. Note: water levels have finally come down to normal, at least until the next heavy rain.

Woodcock Creek
Mainly bluegills, some walleye, musky, and bowfins are being caught.

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 still grubs and minnows. Anglers out of the North East Marina are reporting walleye in 35 to 60 feet of water from the marina to Shades Beach and off the mountain. Smallmouth bass are still being taken from the W’s to East Ave. in 15 to 25 feet of water. Perch action has picked up in 35 to 55 feet of water off of the Greenfield, Shades Beach & Freeport areas. Anglers are still catching panfish and bass off of the North & South Piers.
Lake Erie Water Temperature is 71. °
For current Lake Erie conditions call the North East Marina at 814-725-8244.

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