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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 – April 21, 2014
Crawford County

Canadohta Lake
The crappies in Canadohta Lake should be biting soon in various bays around the lake.

Pymatuning Reservoir
Walleye fishing season (on this lake only) is in full swing. The Linesville Spillway is slowing down but the SR 285 Causeway is seeing lots of action. Walleye's are being caught from shore and boats with many limits being observed. Soon anglers will be wading from shore and fishing the shallow sandbars and points. Yellow perch have also turned on already and are nice and big as Lake Erie perch.

Please take the time to check your boat registrations for expiration.  If your sticker is orange it's expired.

Area Trout Streams
Opening day catch was fairly slow on the larger streams probably due to the higher/muddy water. Smaller watershed streams like Thompson Creek and McLaughlin Creek where stream conditions improved quicker produced decent catch numbers. All Crawford County streams should still have plenty of fish. The only streams in the county that have in-season stockings in April are Woodcock Creek and Conneaut Creek.

Aleah fishing
Aleah Morgante from Grove City caught several trout on Opening Day at Pit Hole Creek in Tionesta, PA. If you look closely, you’ll notice she’s wearing her Voluntary Youth Fishing License.

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Fishing and Boating Report – April 2, 2014
Butler County

Area Trout Streams
Fishing has been next to impossible on most waterways given the slow thaw.  There is just enough ice to prevent shore fishing, but not enough for ice fishing!  Most of the area trout waters have been stocked in anticipation of the April 12th opener.  Please note that approved trout waters, unless otherwise posted or noted in the Fishing Summary Handbook, are closed to fishing from March 1st to 8 a.m. on the opening day of trout season in April 12th.

Harbar Acres Lake
This lake is open to year round fishing.  No harvest from March 1st to the opening day of trout season on April 12th.  On May 10th, this lake will be for the exclusive use of mentored youth anglers.  Please review the Fish and Boat Commission website for more details.

Lake Oneida
This waterway is under the control of the Pa. Fish and Boat Commission.  It is owned by American Water.  There are a number of rules/regulations that pertain to the use of this lake.  Anglers are welcome to fish on this property, but must abide by the regulations which are posted at many locations around the lake.  Please review the regulations before you fish on the property.

Clarion County

Trout Stockings

4/07/14   Bear Creek (Butler Co), Silver Creek (Butler Co), East Sandy Creek – Meet the stocking truck at 11:30 am at the Bruin Bowling Alley on State Route 268 in Bruin.

4/09/14   Cathers Run & Mill Creek – Meet the stocking truck at 11 am at the Sigel Post Office at the intersections of State Route 949 & 36.

4/09/14   Toms Run – Meet the stocking truck at 11:30 am at Cook Forest State Park in Cooksburg on State Route 36.

Crawford County

Conneaut Lake
Anglers are waiting for the ice to clear.  During the winter, anglers were doing very well fishing through the ice for panfish and northern pike.

French Creek
Water is clear of ice; shore fishing is starting to pick up.

Mercer County

Shenango River Outflow
Trout fishing is still open in the Shenango River Outflow up to 8 am on the opening day of trout.  A Trout/Salmon Stamp is required to fish this area year round regardless of the species of fish being sought.  Trout may not be kept or killed from March 1st until 8 am on the opening day when it is catch and release.

Area Trout Streams
One of the biggest complaints that I get is from landowners and the cause that a majority of property gets posted is because anglers do not respect their property.  Fishing is a privilege not a right.  DO NOT let property get posted because of the laziness of others.  Police your own ranks.

Lake Wilhelm
Anglers are patiently waiting for the ice to clear. All winter long crappie fishing has been very good through the ice.

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