Northwest Pennsylvania Fishing Report - March 1st, 2013
Lake Erie steelhead streams
Spates of mild weather in between cold snaps made for decent steelheading in the western tributaries. The lower stretches of Walnut and Elk creeks were yielding nice fish as conditions allowed. Recent stockings were performed in Walnut Creek, Crooked Creek, East Branch of Conneaut Creek, Mill Creek and Four Mile Creek.
Upper Gravel Pit, Basin Ponds (Erie County)
These Presque Isle State Park waters were stocked with brown trout as part of the last of the late season winter stockings in recent weeks. These areas are now considered “Approved Trout Waters Open to Year-Round Fishing,” meaning they are open to year-round fishing, including from March 1 to the opening day of trout season; however, no trout may be harvested during this period.
Lake Arthur (Butler County)
Nice catches of largemouth bass and bluegills were reported in the Muddy Creek arm through mid-February on this Big Bass Program impoundment.
Harbor Acres Lake (Butler County)
This small State Game Land 95 lake was recently stocked with brown and brook trout, including brood stock brookies, and anglers were doing well with jigs and minnows.
Piney Dam (Clarion County)
Anglers were catching nice walleyes and perch in recent weeks.
Clarion River (Clarion County)
Walleyes, bass, and the occasional muskie and northern pike were reported.
Allegheny River (Clarion County)
Walleyes, northern pike and the occasional muskie were reported, with the mouths of the Clarion River and Redbank Creek productive.
Woodcock Lake (Crawford County)
A few walleyes were reported below the dam.
Sugar Lake (Crawford County)
Some yellow perch and bluegills were iced in early February.
Allegheny River (Forest County)
Walleyes and muskies were reported on live bait in the Tionesta pool. With ice gone by mid-February, boaters can launch at the Tionesta Sand and Gravel launch and the PennDOT launch at West Hickory.
Tionesta Outflow (Forest County)
The outflow discharge was high in mid-February. Anglers are reminded that a trout stamp is required for fishing the outflow, even if they are not targeting trout.
Shenango River (Mercer County)
A trout stocking performed in the tailrace Feb. 5.
Kahle Lake (Venango County)
Sporadic harvests of perch, crappies and bluegills were reported, with the perch hitting from the middle of the lake and westward, and bluegills along the eastern fringes of the lake. Minnows and waxworms were the best bet.