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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 – August 24, 2016
Crawford County

Conneaut Lake
Anglers are reporting catching nice-sized Bluegill in deeper water throughout the lake. Anglers are still targeting Smallmouth and Largemouth Bass throughout the edges of the weed beds in the Northern part of the lake. Boating activity is winding down but with this weekend’s warmer temperatures there should be a lot of boats on the water.

French Creek
Anglers are reporting catching Smallmouth Bass, Walleye, and an occasional Northern Pike throughout most of French Creek.  Tubes and grubs seem to be good Smallmouth Bass bait this time of the year.  Walleyes are being caught on stick baits and grubs through the faster sections of the creek.  This weekend should be a great weekend to float French Creek.

Venango County

Allegheny River
Anglers are reporting a lot of grass floating on or near the water’s surface which is making it difficult for jet boats to operate. Boaters are constantly cleaning the jet drive to free it from the floating grasses. Anglers are doing well fishing for Smallmouth Bass and Walleye in certain spots within the county.  Tubes, grubs, and stick baits that are able to run weed less are catching the most fish.

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Fishing and Boating Report – August 17, 2016
Crawford County

Woodcock Creek Lake
Anglers are reporting low water conditions which are making it difficult to launch boats due to the dock being out of the water.

French Creek
Anglers are also reporting low water conditions throughout the creek. Some sections will be more difficult to travel than others.

Sugar Lake
Anglers are reporting a few Bluegills and Yellow Perch are being caught.

Canadohta Lake
Anglers are reporting a few Largemouth Bass are still being caught.           

Western Erie County

North Pier
Anglers have been doing decent on all the piers. North Pier has been producing the most in the last past week or so.  Good sized Yellow Perch are coming off of the East and West Pier.  Angler’s bait of choice is still minnows and meal worms.

Marina Lake in Presque Isle Bay
Marina lake shore anglers have been catching Smallmouth and Largemouth Bass regularly on weed less rigged dark plastics.

Walnut Creek Access Area
Anglers are reporting the Walleye fishing west of Walnut Creek is very sporadic at the moment. Anglers have been catching them from 40 all the way to 110 feet of water.  Yellow Perch fishing has been picking up as well west of Walnut Creek and straight out from Trout Run between 40 and 60 feet of water. The current Lake Erie water temp is 79 degrees. Check with Walnut Creek Access before going out for current water and wave conditions. Boaters can also check out the Regional Science Consortium’s Near Shore Buoy at the following website:

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Fishing and Boating Report – August 10, 2016
Crawford County

Conneaut Lake
Boating pressure has been busy during weekends this summer. Angles are reporting Largemouth Bass are being caught regularly throughout the lake.  Wacky rigged or Texas rigged senkos have been producing the most bites for Largemouth Bass.  Early morning and late evening are the perfect time to try top water baits such as: frogs, buzzbaits, etc.

Pymatuning Reservoir
Anglers are catching Walleye, Largemouth Bass, Musky, and crappies throughout the reservoir.  During the hot summer season, Channel Catfish seem to bite more often than other parts of the year. Often times, a simple nightcrawler under a bobber will do the trick.  A recent Fisheries Biologist Report for Pymatuning Reservoir is on the PFBC website so head over and check it out.

Smallmouth Bass
Mason H. with an impressive 19.25 Smallmouth Bass caught out of Pymatuning Reservoir on August 7, 2016. The Smallmouth Bass was measured and released.

Channel Catfish
Lilly C. caught this nice Channel Catfish near the Spillway on Pymatuning Reservoir on August 7, 2016

Channel Catfish
Josie C. caught this nice Channel Catfish while fishing with her sister Lilly near the Spillway on Pymatuning Reservoir on August 7, 2016

Geneva Swamp
Anglers are reporting Bowfin are being caught. Remember they are NOT an invasive species and should be returned to the water unharmed.  Throwing them into the weeds is illegal.

French Creek
With the recent rains it has helped the water level but it is still low. 

Forest County

Allegheny River
Water levels are low and jet boat operators should be cautioned when navigating the river. Canoers and kayakers should be aware that they should be courteous to jet boat operators and not group together, blocking the river channel.  If, as a canoer or kayaker you see a jet boat navigating the river, please move close to shore and allow the jet boat operator to pass.

Tionesta Lake
Anglers have been successful fishing in the evening hours from the Nebraska Bridge.  Anglers have reported catching Channel Catfish, Musky and panfish.  Anglers fishing from the bridge deck should exercise caution with passing traffic. While on Tionesta Lake, boaters are reminded that they must wear at ALL times a Personal Flotation Device while onboard boats less than 16 feet in length and onboard all canoes and kayaks regardless of length.

Clarion River
Water levels are low. There are many canoe liveries that operate on the Clarion River near Cook Forest State Park.  If renting a canoe or kayak please be sure the livery covers all laws and regulations that pertain to the type of watercraft you are renting.  Always remember that each person must have onboard any watercraft a wearable Personal Flotation Device and children 12 years old and younger must wear a Personal Flotation Device while onboard any canoe, kayak or boats 20 feet or less in length.

Maple Creek
The Marienville Rod and Gun Club will be stocking Maple Creek with trout in October from Coon Road downstream towards the Clarion River. * If water levels and temperature permits.*

Spring Creek
The Marienville Rod and Gun Club will be stocking Spring Creek with trout in October from Durhing downstream to the Hill Farm. *If water levels and temperature permits.*

Lawrence County

Neshannock Creek
Anglers are reporting some Smallmouth Bass are hitting on green and white tubes on the Neshannock Creek near Papermill Bridge.

Lake Arthur
In daytime hours, Striped Bass are being caught on Lake Arthur at the bottom using worms.

Area Trout Streams
There are also a few reports of stocked trout still being caught in Big Run just outside of New Castle.

Mercer County

Lake Wilhelm
Anglers are reporting pretty good fishing this year for Walleye, Largemouth Bass, crappie, and Bluegills.

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