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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 (chfoster@pa.gov), Northwest Regional Education Specialist, using information provided by Waterways Conservation Officers, Area Fisheries Managers and other PFBC staff.

Fishing and Boating Report – February 3, 2016
Butler County

Lake Arthur
Anglers are reporting good numbers of legal Largemouth Bass and large Bluegill have been reported in the Muddy Creek area.

Lake Oneida/Thorn Run Reservoir
Ice fishing at these impoundments is not permitted.  Please review regulation signs posted at these water areas.

Harbar Acres Lake (SGL 95)
This lake will receive a trout stocking on March 1st.  Anglers are reminded that from March 1st until 8 a.m. on the opening day of trout season in April the possession limit is 0 (catch and release only).

Crawford County

Pymatuning Reservoir
Anglers are reporting crappies, Yellow Perch, and Walleye being caught off of Tuttle Point.

French Creek
The creek has shore ice with some flow ice.  Almost open waters from Wilson Chutes to Cochranton.

Mercer County

Shenango Reservoir
Anglers are reporting catches of panfish in the popular fishing areas to include Golden Run and the Swim Beach.

Shenango River
The water levels are average for this time of year, depending on how the recent snow melt affected the water.  There are still plenty of stocked trout below the Shenango Reservoir outflow.  This area is designated as a year round trout fishery so a current trout/salmon stamp is required to fish the area from the outflow to the Walnut Street Bridge regardless of species of fish that you are targeting or harvesting.  The creel limit is 3 fish.

Reminder: The PFBC does not monitor ice thickness.  Ice thickness and conditions can vary greatly across the lake. Use caution as you head out onto the ice. A life jacket and a set of ice awls can be extremely important if you fall though the ice. Remember SAFETY FIRST: http://fishandboat.com/safety.htm

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Fishing and Boating Report – January 27, 2016
Western Erie County

Walnut Creek, Elk Creek, Crooked Creek, Upper Gravel Pit
At the time of this writing all of the western Lake Erie Tributaries are almost completely frozen. There are some stretches of open water but there is also bank ice.  The Upper Gravel Pit is iced over, but ice thickness is not conducive to ice fishing.  Some hard water anglers are fishing for Steelhead through the ice at the Walnut Creek Marina Basin. 

Central Erie County

Presque Isle Bay, Misery Bay
Ice anglers continue to do well on panfish. Plenty of nice sized Bluegill, crappie, and Yellow Perch were observed over the weekend. With the warmer temperatures please be careful as you venture out onto the ice. The ice thickness can vary from day to day.

Misery Bay

Reminder: The PFBC does not monitor ice thickness.  Ice thickness and conditions can vary greatly across the lake. Use caution as you head out onto the ice. A life jacket and a set of ice awls can be extremely important if you fall though the ice. Remember SAFETY FIRST: http://fishandboat.com/safety.htm

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Fishing and Boating Report – January 20, 2016
Crawford County

Conneaut Lake
The lake is still open. Shore ice is starting to form so it shouldn’t be long before hard ice forms over the lake. 

Eastern Erie County

Steelhead Tributaries
Most of the mile streams are starting to ice over. With a warmup, the streams could open up again and produce good fishing for Steelhead.

Note: Ice fishing anglers--it is illegal to use VHS susceptible fish species (Emerald Shiners) fish parts or eggs taken from Lake Erie Watershed as bait in the Commonwealth waters outside the Lake Erie Watershed except when the fish are certified as VHS negative. This water includes (Lake Pleasant, Eaton Reservoir, Edinboro Lake, and Lake Leboeuf). See the complete list of VHS species in the 2016 Summary Guide.

Venango County

Allegheny River
NAVIGATION HAZARD-
Watercraft operators should be aware that the ice control device spanning the Allegheny River upstream of the State Street (Veteran’s) Bridge in Oil City, IS NOW IN PLACE.  Boaters are urged to use caution when operating in this area since the device stretches the entire breadth of the river. Use the provided opening situated nearest the north shore for passage.

Reminder: The PFBC does not monitor ice thickness.  Ice thickness and conditions can vary greatly across the lake. Use caution as you head out onto the ice. A life jacket and a set of ice awls can be extremely important if you fall though the ice. Remember SAFETY FIRST: http://fishandboat.com/safety.htm

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