The high temperatures and low waters of recent weeks generally slowed regional fishing activity, and even a major storm had only a spotty impact on flow. Trout anglers are advised to carry a thermometer and avoid fishing waters 70 degrees and higher. Low oxygen content in warm water puts excessive stress on trout.
Lake Erie (Erie County): With a little help from his pappy Bob Wells, Blake Wells, 41???2, of Butler caught his first big fish, a 6-pound sheepshead June 20 off North East.
Conneaut Lake (Crawford County): Dmitri Zalnasky, 12 of Cranberry, caught 28-inch and 32-inch northern pike and a 31???2-pound largemouth July 4 off Mosquito Point. His brother Darius Zalnasky, 10, caught several smallmouths July 3-4. Heavy bowfin action was reported in IceHouse Bay using live minnows under a bobber in 12-15 feet.
Clarion River: Does lightening strike twice in the same place? It did for Matt Ehrin, who brought in a 43-inch musky then caught another that was 37 inches.
Ohio River (Allegheny River): Anglers willing to endure the heat caught carp and catfish near the Emsworth Lock. Nice smallmouths were caught on the back channel of Neville Island.
Linn Run (Westmoreland County): In cool, deep pools at Linn Run and trout streams throughout the Laurel Highlands, anglers found they had the creeks to themselves and had fun with nice-sized native and stocked trout.
Keystone Lake (Armstrong County): Early mornings and late evenings were productive, particularly for anglers fishing the deeper waters. Catches of crappies, bluegills and a few muskies were reported.
Yellow Creek Lake (Indiana County): Bluegills and perch were reported, and a 3-pound lunker bass was taken.
Cross Creek Lake (Washington County): Low water and high temperatures slowed fishing activity, but several nice fish were taken. Tim Vercammen and Steve Klein of Carnegie boated a 15-inch, 1 pound, 11???4-ounce crappie, as well as additional panfish. Anglers reported good catches of bluegills and crappies in 14-18 feet drifting chartreuse jigs and minnows, bass in the 2- to 3-pound range were caught on crawlers or shiners. Jeff Klein of Westland boated a 24-inch, 4-pound walleye trolling crawler harnesses.
Quemahoning Reservoir (Somerset County): Nice smallmouths and largemouths were taken, as well as several northerns and walleyes.
Lake Somerset (Somerset County): Although boating was difficult with a 6-foot draw down, anglers were picking up nice largemouths.
Laurel Hill and Kooser lakes (Somerset County): Trout and bluegills remained active. Red worms and live minnows were productive baits.
Youghiogheny River Lake (Somerset County): Anglers caught legal walleyes and bass; panfish were active near weedbeds and structure.
Spring Creek (Centre County): Flow was high for mid-summer, but water temperatures in some stretches reached the mid to high 60s, approaching critical levels.
Raystown Lake (Huntingdon County): Several nice stripers were caught by anglers targeting the coolest waters. Bass were active mornings and evenings.
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