Brochure touts region's fine fishing opportunities
By SHEILA BOUGHNER-BLAIR

8/13/04

Special Thanks to The Derrick for allowing this story to be posted

The publication provides detailed information on where and when to fish for particular species.

The fabulous fishing holes of northwest Pennsylvania are being marketed for the first time.

A new brochure, "Fishing Adventures in Northwest Pennsylvania," produced by the tourist promotion agencies in Venango and neighboring counties and compiled by outdoor writer Darl Black, welcomes tourists to "one of the country's greatest angling destinations."

It provides an overview of fishing in Crawford, Erie, McKean, Venango and Warren counties and provides detailed information on when and where to fish for particular species including smallmouth bass, largemouth bass, muskie, northern pike, walleye, crappie, bluegill, perch, white bass and catfish.

Trout anglers will find information about Lake Erie brown trout, steelhead and salmon and guides to inland streams, including the best fly streams and special regulation areas, and trout-stocked lakes.

A "streams of steel" chart lists 17 streams where migrating steelhead can be found.

The brochure notes that the region has a number of waters where wild trout can be found but declines to identify the spots because "all are fragile ecosystems that cannot withstand intensive pressure."

"However, it you are serious about wild trout, we are confident you can locate excellent sites in NW PA," it continues.

The center of the brochure features a foldout map of the five-county region with red lines marking stocked trout waters. An accompanying chart lists lakes and reservoirs as well as major warmwater creeks and rivers, the species of fish (warmwater or trout) found at each site and boating information, including permitted motor size, if any, and boat access.

A listing is also included of record fish taken from northwest Pennsylvania waters. The list includes 12 state records and one world-record fish taken in the region's waters.

A schedule of fishing tournaments is also included along with information on marina services, lodging, camping, bait and tackle shops, canoe rentals and fishing guides.

The brochures are available locally from the Oil Region Alliance at 677-3152 and from the Erie area and Crawford County convention and visitors' bureaus as well as the Allegheny National Forest Vacation Bureau. Copies may also be requested via the Internet at www.visitnwpa.com.

"All of us (the participating counties) realize we have some nice waterways that hold some nice fish," said Betty Squire of the Oil Heritage Region Tourist Promotion Agency.

Over the last few years, the Oil Heritage Region Inc. has hosted outdoor writers from out of the area and they have written about the region's outdoor opportunities.

The fishing brochure is another step in promoting the area's natural attractions and is a response to the many requests the agency receives about fishing opportunities in area, she said.

The brochure has been available for only a few weeks but is already prompting a favorable response, Squire said.

The five agencies, which work together on other regional marketing campaigns, expect to re-print the brochure next year. Other brochures are also in the works including a hiking and biking guide and a birding brochure.