Mahone Creek offers a variety of fisheries Sports
Mahone Creek drains parts of Jefferson, Armstrong and Indiana counties. The upper part of the stream, above Lake Mahonec Creek, and the lower part, offer a pleasant variety of fishing opportunities.
UPPER MAHONING CRY: Mahoneing Creek was formed by the merger of the Eastern Branch of Mahoneing Creek and Stump Creek north of the Jefferson County Big Run community. The eastern branch, which drains the slope that separates the Mahoneing Drainage (part of the Ohio River watershed) and the Sasquehanna watershed, is managed as an approved trout stream. The section from the confluence of the Beach Run downstream to one kilometer below the Branch Road Bridge is filled once before the season and once a season. Several tributaries of the Eastern Branch contain populations of wild trout and local trout.
The upper part of Mahoneing Creek, from the confluence of the East Brunch and Stump Creek to the headwaters of Lake Mahoneing Creek, is primarily warm water, but there are some trout, possibly migrants from stockings in the Eastern Branch, as well as Big Run and Canoe Creek, tributaries that are also stocked with adult trout. Both streams flow into the Mahoning upstream from Punxsaton.
The width of the creek at the top of Mahoneing Creek varies from 100 to 150 feet wide. The plot through Punxsutawney is canalized. Above the city is a decent gradient. Below Punxsutawney, all the way to Valier, the flow is mostly slow and winding. Things are pinching below the Valier, with an increasing gradient and, overall, better fish habitat. About 2 miles above the bays of the Little Lake Mahoneing Creek section adds its significant flow.
Access is good through most of the entire upper part of Mahone Creek, with American Route 119 running parallel to a creek in Panxaton and then secondary roads below the city. Most of the land is private, so pay attention to the signs posted and ask for permission where common sense deems appropriate. The watershed is state-owned near part of the lake, as it is part of a flood control project.
Fishermen can expect to catch smallmouth bass throughout this section. Musks and northern pike are commonly found in and around deeper bodies of water. Larger perch is a common part of the catch in the first two miles above the dam, as the shore has a lot of wood cover. Pike perch can also be caught in this area, especially in the spring, when fish migrate more often from the lake.
Lower Mahoneing Creek: While the upper part of the Mahoneing creek is easily accessible, the same does not apply to the lower part of the creek. As Mahoneing Creek makes its way from the dam to the confluence with the Allegheny River near Templeton, it flows through an ever deeper, dense wooded gorge. There are no roads parallel to it. Bridges crossings are at Government Road, Edville, Putniville, Route 28/66 and Deanville Road. Only the 28/66 highway is the main highway, the rest are secondary. Several other dead-end lanes near the creek. If you plan to use them, all-wheel drive is recommended.
Wade fishing is available at and around bridge crossings. The land is private, so as mentioned earlier, keep an eye on the published areas and seek permission where necessary.
Mahone Creek is well below the dam, 150 to 200 feet wide, and it can be swum if the currents are sufficient. Since there are long stretches of fuzzy fishing on a water float, this is a great way to enjoy this area: canoeing or kayaking, or using them as a taxi to get to the best places. There are no official plugins, so make sure you have permission to run when you enter the bridge crossing. The Fish and Boat Commission has a ramp on the Allegheny River in Templeton, a short distance from the mouth of Mahoneing Creek.
The flow level at the bottom of Mahoneing Creek is almost entirely dependent on discharge from Lake Mahoneing Creek. It is recommended that the level be at least 3.8 feet by caliber USGS located below the lake.
The lower part of Mahoneing Creek is dominated by small-mouthed perch and pike perch, although northern pike and musk are also present.