District Fishing Report: 4.1.11

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Anglers are reminded that Early Season Stocked Trout Program lakes closed at 12:01 a.m. today and will reopen on April 16. For more, visit www.fishandboat.com.
Lake Erie, Presque Isle Bay, tributaries

Anglers were catching steelhead in the streams, with smaller males in the lower reaches and a few larger holdovers in the upper reaches, on bait, sucker spawn and Stonefly and Crystal Meth patterns. In last weekend???s warmer water temperatures, Presque Isle Bay was yielding crappies on emerald shiners, and northern pike. Steelhead were hitting in Marina Lake. Perch were quiet, with a few catches coming in the convention center area.

Lake Wilhelm (Mercer County)

Perch were hitting at Sheakleyville Bridge and where water was slightly warmer, such as shallow areas with dark bottoms, and around brush and logs.

Neshannock Creek (Mercer County)

Folks were still catching recently stocked trout in good conditions in the Delayed Harvest Artificial Lures Only section in recent days.

Allegheny River (Venango County)

High debris-filled water was reported earlier this week.

Oil Creek (Venango County)

Nice water levels were reported yesterday with Triple Threat streamers, Early Black Stonefly nymphs, and Wooly Buggers producing trout in the Delayed Harvest Artificial Lures Only sections. A little surface action was reported on Early Black Stonefly dry patterns.

French Creek (Venango, Crawford counties)

High, stained conditions were reported earlier this week, although water was much lower than a week ago.

Pymatuning Reservoir (Crawford County)

In warmer water temperatures, crappies were hitting in the backwater bays on the north end, with anglers reporting catches up to 14 inches on fathead minnows and small jigs. Crappies and a few perch also were hitting off the spillway, but walleye action was slow. A few 20-25-inch walleyes were reported. The Bridge 20 area off the Linesville causeway was yielding crappies, perch and a few catfish. Anglers were fishing the causeway on both the Pennsylvania and Ohio sides for walleyes, catfish and crappies. Erik Rosengarth of Rillton caught a 42 3/4-inch, 27-pound 2-ounce muskie on a Sonar while jigging for walleyes on the Pennsylvania side of the causeway.

Tamarack Lake (Crawford County)

Crappies were hitting on minnows last weekend.

Lake Arthur (Butler County)

Low angling pressure was reported, with anglers catching a few largemouth bass, crappies and channel catfish.

Allegheny, Monongahela, Ohio River

High and muddy conditions were reported. A couple of anglers were fishing the mouth of Deer Creek on the Allegheny in recent days.

Cross Creek Lake (Washington County)

Until water temperatures dropped, crappies were reported and bluegills were coming on, with shallow water productive. An angler caught a 7-pound largemouth bass last Saturday.

Spring Creek (Centre County)

Above-average flow was reported, and dry fly activity was improving with trout taking midges and Blue-Winged Olives. Nymphs remained more productive than streamers. Report your catch to fishingreport@post-gazette.com. Include angler???s name, age (for children), place of residence, species, size, body of water, date of catch and phone number (not for publication).


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