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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 – September 28, 2016
Erie County

Area Tributaries
Anglers are reporting a few Steelhead are in the popular spots along Walnut and Elk Creek.  Pink Salmon continue to show up in many of the tributaries.  Fishing charters throughout the summer were catching some nice Brown Trout so the tributaries should have some trophy Brown Trout in them this fall.  Kayak anglers are fishing the mouths of the tributaries and Trout Run with limited success for Steelhead. The catch rate should increase once the Steelhead stack up in front of the tributaries.  With the rain forecasted over the next few days, more Steelhead and Brown Trout could move into the streams.

Venango County

Allegheny River

Anglers are reporting some nice Walleye and Smallmouth Bass are being caught. Jigs, grubs, and stick baits seem to be getting the most strikes. With the colder weather approaching, please be cautious of the falling air and water temperatures. Fall is a great time to fish so grab a kayak, fishing gear, and a life jacket and explore what Pennsylvania has to offer.
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Fishing and Boating Report – September 21, 2016
Erie County

Lake Erie
Yellow Perch fishing off of Presque Isle is really slow right now. The perch pack off Walnut is still producing decent numbers. Anglers are reporting Walleye fishing is still good throughout the lake.

Walnut Creek
Some Steelhead have been caught at Walnut Creek but the numbers are still few. Another few weeks with some rain and the Steelhead should be heading upstream for some angler fun.

Forest County

Allegheny River
Smallmouth Bass fishing has improved. Anglers reported catching Smallmouth Bass near the West Hickory Bridge.  Anglers are also catching Musky near the confluence of Tionesta Creek and the Allegheny River.  Boat operators should be aware of the aquatic weeds, especially jet motor operators.

Tionesta Lake
Musky anglers have been productive trolling due to the decrease in recreational boating activity.  Anglers fishing at Nebraska Bridge have been successful catching panfish from the bridge.

Maple Creek
The Marienville Rod and Gun Club are moving the trout stocking to mid or late September depending upon water levels and temperature.  Anglers, note that the limit for trout is now 3 per day.

Spring Creek
The Marienville Road and Gun Club are moving the trout stocking to mid or late September depending upon water levels and temperature. Anglers, note that the limit for trout is now 3 per day.

Clarion River
Trout and Smallmouth Bass fishing should pick up in September and October.  The Clarion River in Cooksburg is an excellent place to observe the fall colors while onboard a canoe or kayak. Please remember to have onboard or wear a PFD. It is mandatory that people onboard kayaks, canoes and boats less than 16 feet in length, wear a PFD at all times from November 1st through April 30th.  In addition, children 12 years old or younger are required to wear a PFD while onboard all kayaks, canoes and boats less than 20 feet in length, year around, while underway (not at anchor).

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Fishing and Boating Report – September 14, 2016
Clarion County

Kahle Lake
Anglers continue to report some really nice Bluegills, Yellow Perch, and a few Largemouth Bass.

Beaver Creek Ponds Project
Panfish and some Largemouth Bass are being reported.

Upper Clarion River
Anglers continue to report good numbers of Smallmouth Bass and a few Walleyes. All boats, including canoes & kayaks using the PFBC’s Gravel Lick Access Areas must be registered or have a launch permit to use this facility.

Piney Dam
Piney Dam continues to be in a drawdown state and is approximately 6 feet below normal pool levels. Anglers are reporting catching Channel Catfish in good numbers, a few Walleyes and good numbers of Smallmouth Bass. All boats, including canoes & kayaks, using the PFBC’s Mill Creek Access Area must be registered or have a launch permit to use this facility.

Allegheny River
Smallmouth Bass and a few Walleyes are being reported near the Parker islands and the mouth of the Clarion River. Channel Catfish are being caught after dark in good numbers. A few Muskellunge have been reported at the mouth of Redbank Creek. All boats, including canoes & kayaks, using the PFBC’s Parker & Brady’s Bend Access Areas must be registered or have a launch permit to use these facilities.

Redbank Creek
Some Walleyes, Smallmouth Bass and trout are being reported near the dam in New Bethlehem.

Crawford County

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

Woodcock Creek Lake
The water levels are very low. The boat dock is out of the water. A few smaller Muskellunge have been recently caught, but fishing has been slow.

French Creek  
The water levels have remained low. Some sections will be more difficult to travel.

Central Erie County

Lake Erie
Yellow Perch are being caught in very good numbers off the Condo’s in 60 foot of water. Some anglers are saying the perch are right on the bottom and the others are saying they are anywhere from 5-8 feet off the bottom. Walleye are still being caught pretty regularly but catching them in large numbers is a little tough. Please remember that weather conditions in the fall can change quickly and winds can pick up with little notice so please be cautious.

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