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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 – June 21, 2016

Crawford County

French Creek
Anglers are reporting Northern Pike, Walleye, and Smallmouth Bass being caught through the lower stretches of French Creek. Small blade baits and stick baits seem to get the most reaction strikes. A nice 8 mile paddle to kayak and fish would be the section from Cochranton to Utica. Jigs tipped with tubes or rubber worms seem to be doing well within that section. 

Mercer County 
     
Shenango Reservoir
The water levels normal for this time of year.  Although the crappie have spawned out and moved to deeper water, the bluegills are now spawning and are being caught throughout the reservoir. Keep in mind that there is mandatory wear for all canoes and kayaks and boats under 16 feet in length while boating on the US Army Corps of Engineers Pittsburgh District waters. Boating pressure has been down, even during Memorial Day. Remember your first step in an emergency is to call 9-1-1. 

Shenango River
A reminder that the outflow of the dam to the Walnut Street Bridge is designated as a year round trout fishery, which means that a current trout/salmon stamp is required to fish the area regardless of species of fish that you are targeting or harvesting.

Neshannock Creek
New for this year, the area of the Delayed Harvest Artificial Lures Only section of the Neshannock Creek in Volant is classified as a Keystone Select Stocked Trout Waters.  This is the only stream with this designation in the Northwest Region and it is only one of six in the entire state.  Trout 2-3 years old and measuring 14-20 inches will be stocked in this water, which is open to fishing year round. 

Lake Wilhelm
Bass season opened this past weekend and there has been increased fishing pressure as a result.  Kayaks and bass boats are in many of the areas where bass are located including the stumps, weed flats, and shaded areas.  With the warm water temps, top water strikes should become more noticeable in the early morning and late evening hours. 

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Fishing and Boating Report – June 15, 2016
Clarion County

Kahle Lake
Anglers are reporting catching good numbers of Largemouth Bass, some crappies, and nice Bluegills. The bass are being caught on top water lures & soft plastics. The crappies and panfish are being caught on small jigs tipped with maggots.

Upper Clarion River
Anglers are still reporting good numbers of Smallmouth Bass and some trout. The bass are being caught along the entire length of the river while the trout are being taken near the mouths of Cather’s & Blyson Runs. All boats, including canoes & kayaks, using the PFBC’s Gravel Lick Access Areas must be registered to use this facility.

Allegheny River
Walleyes, Smallmouth Bass, and some Northern Pike are still being reported near the Parker islands and the mouths of the Clarion River & Redbank Creek. All boats, including canoes & kayaks, using the PFBC’s Parker & Brady’s Bend Access Areas must be registered to use these facilities.

Crawford County

Pymatuning Lake
Anglers are reporting Largemouth Bass being active in the early morning and evening hours.  Top water lures such as buzz baits or frogs are getting a lot of action lately.  Anglers are picking up Walleyes drifting or trolling in the deeper sections of the lake.  Bluegills and other panfish have been caught using a bobber and jig tipped with a worm or grub.

Conneaut Lake
Boating activity seems to be in full swing on the lake.  Just a reminder Boating Safety Education Certificates are required to operate a personal watercraft and for persons born on or after January 1, 1982, to operate boats powered by motors greater than 25 horsepower.

Mercer County

Lake Wilhelm
Anglers are reporting Largemouth Bass hitting around the stumps above I79 Bridge.  Top water lures seem to be the choice among bass anglers.  Walleye and Musky anglers continue to do well in certain areas of the lake.  Near the dam anglers are targeting Channel Catfish from shore.

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Fishing and Boating Report – June 8, 2016
Crawford County

Pymatuning Reservoir
Anglers are reporting panfish are in the shallows and hitting live bait as well as grubs.  Largemouth Bass are found in the lily pads and along the woody structure near the lakes edge. Walleye continue to be caught in 8-10 foot of water and some Bass anglers are picking them up shallow fishing for Largemouth Bass.

French Creek
Boaters are reporting tons of pressure by kayaks, canoes, and floats throughout the county. Boaters are reminded that the water is lower than normal so you might have to scout ahead to make sure no strainers exist.

Woodcock Creek Lake
Anglers are reporting a few Walleye, Muskellunge, and Smallmouth Bass are being caught.

Woodcock Creek (below the dam)
Anglers are reporting a few smaller Walleye and Muskellunge are being caught. A lot of trout are still left in the creek since it was stocked on May 24th.

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

Erie County

Lake Erie
Anglers targeting Yellow Perch report they seem to have not schooled up yet.  Most of the boaters are going out in anywhere from 35 ft. to 51 ft. of water.  Boaters are not coming in with any big numbers but it’s early. Anglers targeting Walleye report that night seems to be the best for the Walleye fishing. Anglers are fishing close to shore mainly from Walnut Creek going west to Elk Creek and beyond.  Lake Erie’s water temperature is now 65 degrees and that is normally when the fish start biting. 

Venango County

Allegheny River
Smallmouth Bass catches continue to be reported especially through the northern portion of the county. Anglers are reporting the best success was on tubes. Additionally, Channel Catfish anglers report the highest number of hook-ups just at sunset, especially during the new moon phase, which during 2016 is the first full week in June. Cut bait, chubs, or live baits are the preferred choices.

French Creek
Fishing activity continues to increase, as weather and water conditions improve.  From Utica through Franklin, anglers have begun reporting sporadic Northern Pike, Smallmouth Bass, and Walleye hook-ups.

Oil Creek
Smallmouth Bass, and the occasional Walleye, are being reported along the lower reaches of the waterway.

The Delayed Harvest Artificial Lure Only section(s) will open for harvest beginning June 15th.  The daily creel limit is three combined species.

Kahle Lake
Given water temperatures, Largemouth Bass will be the preferred target of anglers. Focus your efforts along both the weedy and woody cover areas.  Top choices may be lures, crank baits, jigs or a spinner.  Occasional crappie harvests are being reported with the majority of those catches occurring on jigs.

Two Mile Run Reservoir (Justus Lake)
Trout continue to hold the attention of anglers, with the majority of hits occurring in the deeper water along the lake’s southern reaches.

REGISTRATION OF NON-POWERED WATERCRAFT REQUIRED AT PFBC LAKES/ACCESS AREAS:
With the 2016 boating season beginning in full swing, boaters are reminded that ALL non-powered watercraft are required to display either current registration or a launch permit when launching or retrieving at all PFBC lakes and/or access areas.  For a complete listing of regulations pertaining to PFBC properties, please refer to the following link:  http://fishinpa.com/pfbcproperty.html.

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Fishing and Boating Report – June 1, 2016
Butler County

Lake Arthur
Anglers are reporting nice catches of Walleye while drift fishing the old roadbeds.  They are using a simple night crawler and hook.  No worm harnesses. Hybrids are biting along shore at the popular boating access areas.  Best results for shoreline swipers are after 10 pm.  Limit is 2 per day.  Minimum size is 20 inches. Panfish are biting in cover (felled trees) along shore.  A jig tipped with a minnow under a bobber works well.

Crawford County

Pymatuning Reservoir 
Anglers are reporting catches of nice Largemouth Bass north of the causeway.  If you can find shallow bays where the lily pads are starting to sprout, the bass are there.  Anglers should try senkos, spinnerbaits, or jigs tipped with a trailer to get the bass to hit. Walleye anglers continue to do well all around the reservoir.  Crappies are still hitting on various jigs tipped with grubs or minnows.

Erie County

Walnut Creek, Elk Creek, Crooked Creek, Upper Gravel Pit
At the time of this writing the western tributaries are all low and clear. Angler pressure and success is on average for all the Western Erie tributaries.  Bass are in the lower stretches of Elk Creek and shoreline and boat anglers are having relative success with night time Walleyes around the creek mouths and shallow waters.

Walnut Creek Marina
Construction has begun at Walnut Creek access primarily on the western channel wall.  Both the marina and channel are open for boat traffic.

Lake Pleasant
Anglers are reporting Rainbow Trout are being caught using a slip sinker with about 12 to 18 inches of line from the swivel to the bait. In the coming weeks with the clear water at Lake Pleasant the problem if fishing from shore will be that the seaweed is beginning to grow up, so a canoe might be the only option.

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