Pa. Fish & Boat Commission Fishing Report

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MEADVILLE, Pa. (EYT) — The Pa. Fish and Boat Commission has published the fishing report for the week of March 22.

Reports are compiled by Chad Foster ([email protected]), Western Regional Education and Outreach Coordinator, using information provided by Waterways Conservation Officers, Area Fisheries Managers and other PFBC staff.

Walleye Closure (Commonwealth Inland Waters)

Anglers should be aware that walleye season ended March 14 and won’t resume until May 6.

For bass fishermen, the season stays open beyond April 14, but no fish may be kept until June 17.

There are also various regulations for trout-stocked waters. Check the regulations book or online at fishinpa.com.

Clarion County

Kahle Lake

Kahle Lake continues to be in a drawdown state. All boats, including canoes and kayaks must be registered or have a launch permit to use this facility.

Piney Dam

Piney Dam continues to be in a drawdown state and is approximately 6 feet below normal pool levels. All boats, including canoes and kayaks, using the PFBC’s Mill Creek Access Area must be registered or have a launch permit to use this facility.

Allegheny River

Anglers were catching a few walleyes in the Foxburg pool. A few anglers were catching muskellunge and northern pike near the confluence of Redbank Creek.

Trout Stocking Change

Tuesday, March 28 at 11:15 am (Rescheduled from 3/10/17) — Piney Creek, Piney Creek DHALO & Leatherwood Creek – Meet stocking truck at Exit 64 of Interstate 80 at the Rehobeth Church Road Parking Lot.

Mercer County

Shenango River

The Shenango Outflow down to the Walnut Street Bridge is designated as a year round trout fishery, so a current trout/salmon stamp is required to fish that area regardless of species of fish that you are targeting or harvesting.

From March 1 until April 15, the trout creel limit will be 0 until the opening day. For anglers that are targeting walleye, the season went out March 14 and won’t resume until May 6.

Venango County

Approved/Stocked Trout Waters

Approved Trout Waters are closed to all fishing activities as of March 1.

Approved/Stocked Trout Waters will reopen with the start of the statewide trout season as of 8 a.m., Saturday April 15.

Anglers are reminded that Walleye season closed March 15. As of that date, through 12:01 am on the first Saturday in May, no Walleye may be taken, killed, or held in field possession.

Venango County Trout Stocking for 2017

Trout stocking in Venango County began March . Individuals wishing to attend are urged to reference the 2017 TROUT STOCKING link found on the agency’s home page, www.fishandboat.com, in order to verify the appropriate date and time of your favorite stream(s).

Allegheny River

Anglers were catching walleye throughout the Venango county section of the Allegheny River.

French Creek

Anglers were catching walleye and the occasional northern pike throughout French Creek. Anglers are catching most of the walleye and northern pike on minnows and jigs.

Oil Creek

Anglers were catching walleye in the stream’s lower reaches, particularly near its confluence with the Allegheny River.

Please remember that the APPROVED/STOCKED TROUT WATER SECTION(S) closed to all fishing as of March 1, this INCLUDES THE TAKING OF MINNOWS.

MANDATORY PFD (LIFE-JACKET) WEAR REMAINS IN EFFECT:

During the period of November 1 through  April 30, ALL BOATERS are required to wear a life jacket, at all times, while on watercraft less than 16’ in length or ANY canoe or kayak.

OIL CREEK (SECTION 7) ADDED TO KEYSTONE SELECT TROUT STOCKED PROGRAM:

The 1.55 mile Lower Delayed Harvest (Petroleum Center to Columbia Farm Railroad Bridge) has been added to the PFBC Keystone Select program.

Beyond an allotment of regularly stocked trout, anglers will have opportunity to catch additionally supplemented 14-20-inch trophy trout.


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