MEADVILLE — Cochranton-area resident Crooks is a longtime outdoors writer.
Local trout streams and their locations
n Caldwell Creek: Flows through both Warren and Crawford counties from the Selkirk Bridge to Stony Hollow Run. It is a catch-and-release fly fishing area only. Check the regulations book for special rules applying here. Above Selkirk and below Stony Hollow Run offers normal trout fishing opportunities.
n Conneaut Creek: Runs through Dicksonburg to the Pennside area west of Route 18 for approximately 20 miles. Unknown to many, this stream offers anglers a good chance at catching some very large Lake Erie lake run rainbow trout. This stream flows through eastern Ohio and into Lake Erie at Conneaut, Ohio.
n Five Mile Creek: Is a small stream located at Spartansburg eventually flowing into the east branch of Oil Creek at Route 89.
n McLaughlin Creek: This little known stream flows into Thompson creek, about four miles northeast of Hydetown. Good bet for anglers seeking brook trout.
n Muddy Creek: Running through the village of Little Cooley, Muddy Creek offers diversified fishing.
n Oil Creek: One the area’s larger streams running through the Linconville-Titusville area. Oil Creek offers many miles of picturesque fishing opportunities for anglers.
n East Branch Oil Creek: Originates as the outflow of Clear Lake in Spartansburg and runs into Oil creek at Centerville.
n Pine Creek: A small very scenic stream running in the Grand Valley, Enterprise and Titusville areas. Should be a very good stream this year.
n Sugar Creek: Flows in the Townville area across Route 27.
n Little Sugar Creek: Flows through rolling farmlands in eastern Crawford County and empties into French Creek at Cochranton.
n Thompson Creek: Flows along Route 8 in Hydetown area.
n Woodcock Creek: Woodcock Creek is always a favorite among area anglers. It flows in the vicinity of the Lyona Church to Woodcock Dam and downstream to French Creek at Saegertown.
Did you know
This trout season:
n On April 13, anglers in the eight-county northwest region of the state, including Crawford County, can begin trout fishing at 8 a.m.
n Fishermen will need a regular fishing license plus a trout stamp.
n Daily limit is five trout in the regular season.
n Trout must be at least 7 inches long to be legal.