Northwest Region

Lake Erie and tributaries (Erie County) – Creeks had been high
and muddy, but were returning to good conditions in mid-March. Nice
numbers of steelhead were reported as fishing pressure began to
pick up. Presque Isle Bay also was yielding steelhead, especially
at the waterworks. Anglers also were catching crappies, largemouth
bass and a few northern pike in the bay. Horseshoe Pond was
producing bluegills.

Allegheny River (Venango County) – Numbers of anglers were
targeting walleyes around President, Reno, Fisherman’s Cove and
Dotter’s Eddy as walleye season drew to a close.

Lake Arthur (Butler County) – Ice fishing ended in mid-March,
and anglers were launching boats at Route 528 and Bear Run just two
days later. Numbers of bluegills were reported, along with some
crappies and a couple of bass and channel catfish.

Harbor Acres Lake (Butler County) – Anglers were catching nice
numbers of trout in recent weeks.

Lake Wilhelm (Mercer County) – By mid-March, the upper end of
the lake was open water but a little ice remained on the lower end
and around Launch 3. The Sheakleyville Bridge area was open, and a
couple of anglers were targeting bluegills at ice-out. The bridge
is a consistent producer of bluegills.

Pymatuning Reservoir (Crawford County) – Ice left the lake in
mid-March, and the walleye and crappie bites started. This is an
especially popular springtime walleye fishery, with many anglers
wading the shallows to target walleyes in the evenings. Crappies
were beginning to come into the bays in mid-March. A couple of
muskies were released in the river below the dam.

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