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Fishing

The 88 fish species that are found in the French Creek Watershed not only represent a number of rare specimens, but also a wide variety of panfish and game fish prized by anglers.  French Creek harbors muskellunge, northern pike, smallmouth bass, walleye, pickerel, perch, sunfish, and blue gills. These species are also found in the watershed’s lakes, ponds and reservoirs.  

Trout fishing is a popular recreational pursuit in the watershed.  The West and South Branches of French Creek are annually stocked with trout, as are most of its main tributaries, including LeBoeuf Creek, Muddy Creek, Conneauttee Creek, Woodcock Creek, Cussewago Creek, Little Sugar Creek and Sugar Creek.  Wild, naturally reproducing brown trout populations are found in South Branch, a high gradient clear water creek, and in LeBoeuf Creek, a Class A trout stream.

French Creek and its adjoining waterways have a rich tradition of musky fishing.  Stories passed down for generations contribute to the lore of this prized fishery, and trophy sized fish are regularly taken in the watershed.  The Pennsylvania state record musky was caught in Conneaut Lake in 1924.  The fish weighed 54 lbs.