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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 – 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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Fishing and Boating Report – March 26, 2014
Crawford County

Conneaut Lake
Ice fishing has been really good this winter and many anglers have concentrated their efforts on the north end near the PFBC Access. Just use caution as the shore ice has started to deteriorate.

French Creek
All of the ice is off the water at this point, however, there are still chunks of shore ice so use caution when fishing from shore.  Walleye is in closed season.

Eastern Erie County

Mile Streams
The 4, 7, 12 & 16 mile streams are open, but angling pressure is light. Upper 20 Mile is open.  There are large amounts of stream bank ice on 20 Mile north of Route 5.

Presque Isle Bay
The ice on Presque Isle Bay has begun to break up and the Erie Channel is open.

Lake Pleasant, Eaton Reservoir, Lake LeBoeuf and Edinboro Lake are still covered with ice. 

North East Marina and Shade Beach Safe Harbor is full of ice and debris. .   

Mercer County

Lake Wilhelm
Nice crappies are still being caught near the outflow.

Area Trout Waters
North Deer Creek  --- Sandy Creek ----  Little Shenango ----All have been stocked with trout and are closed to ALL FISHING until 8am on April 12th.

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Fishing and Boating Report – March 12, 2014
Forest County

Tionesta Lake
Anglers have been productive ice fishing on Tionesta Lake.  Perch and crappies have been caught near the main boat launch.

Tionesta Outflow
Anglers fishing the Tionesta Outflow are reminded that it is open to fishing however a Trout and Salmon Permit is required to fish in the Outflow year round regardless of fishing for trout.

Butler County

Lake Arthur
Panfish and bass catches have slowed in the last month.  Fishing of land mass points or in the three fingers area of the lake has been good.  A maggot-tipped jig or minnow has had the best success.

Harbar Acres Lake
Ice fisherman report slow-but-steady catches of trout.  This lake is open to year-round fishing.  The creel limit on trout as of March 1, 2014 is “0”.

Lake Oneida/Thorn Run Reservoir
These bodies of water are not open to ice fishing.  Please review the posted regulations at those water areas before engaging in any activities.

The Glades
This is a very under-utilized ice-fishing resource.  Not many fish here, but the fishing can be good. Ice fishing is allowed for a few months but only at designated access points.  These locations and the dates for ice-fishing are properly posted with signage. 

Western Erie County

Presque Isle Bay
Hard water anglers are still doing well in Presque Isle Bay.  Creel inspections can vary daily, but on average anglers are happy with their catch.  Nice yellow perch & crappie are being caught in Misery Bay along with daily limits of panfish.

Lake Erie and tributaries
Steelhead anglers are still doing well in the early morning hours on Lake Erie in front of the mouth of Trout Run.  Pack ice and frozen tributaries are still persistent over most of the western tributaries. Observed ice fishing violations during March include littering, over limits of panfish, and the wanton waste of fish.  Anglers are reminded that when you catch a fish and pass it to another angler, that fish counts towards both anglers daily limit and any fish that is not immediately returned unharmed back to the waters also counts toward your daily limit.

Crawford County

Woodcock Creek
Reminder: Below the Dam at Woodcock Creek Lake is Approved Trout Waters and it is closed to ALL fishing from March 1, 2014 until the opening day of trout season starting at 8:00 a.m. on April 12, 2014.

Pymatuning Lake
Linesville Open House—Sat. April 5, 2014 from 11:00am -- 3:30pm.

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