District Fishing Report: 8.3.12

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Lake Erie (Erie County): Early July 29, Keith Firle of Pittsburgh caught a 32-inch sheephead, or freshwater drum, on a nightcrawler while fishing for bass on the edge of a weed bed. Landing it was a 20-minute ordeal.

Tamarack Lake (Crawford County): The state Fish and Boat Commission has closed the lake to fishing during repairs to both earthern dams. Following a draw down of 5 feet several months ago, an additional 5 feet will be drained next week from the 562-acre lake, which usually is as deep as 15 feet. Fish will be trapped and transferred. The agency expects repairs to last three to four years and cost millions of dollars.

Conneaut Lake (Crawford County): Good bass fishing was reported near docks and shorelines.

Salmon Creek (Forest County): Aug. 6 the state Fish and Boat Commission will stock brook trout left over from spring stockings. Fish in the 9-12 inch range go to waters within Allegheny National Forest.

Pymatuning Reservoir (Mercer County): Warm water stifled most fishing, but catfish were abundant and sizeable.

Lake Wilhelm (Mercer County): Reports of largemouth and panfish catches were welcome after months of slow fishing.

French Creek (Venango County): Recent rains increased flow and sparked smallmouth activity near Franklin.

Justus Lake (Venango County): Low water pushed fish out of shallow bays, but good fishing was reported in deeper waters in this two-tier, 144-acre, electric-motor-only lake.

Redbank Creek (Clarion County): With water low and clear near New Bethlehem, Jim Maher of Friendship recently caught more than a dozen smallmouths, some around 15 inches, using a jointed floating Rapala.

Lake Arthur (Butler County): Walleyes took worm harnesses over submerged humps and roadbeds, crappies went for brightly colored jigs in weed beds, several nice channel cats were caught, and hybrid striped bass 17-20 inches were active. The Post-Gazette will host a Family Fishing Tent Aug. 3-4 as part of the Regatta at Lake Arthur -- rods, tackle and bait provided, no fishing license required to participate.

Lake Oneida, Thorn Run Reservoir (Butler County): Low water put a crimp on fishing, but catfish and crappies were active at dawn and dusk.

The Glades (Butler County): The shallow fishery in State Game Land 95 near Moniteau High School produced lunker largemouths and catfish. Electric motors only, boating through Aug. 31.

Allegheny River (Allegheny County): Ryan Griffin, 20, of Shaler caught a 26-inch channel catfish on a worm near The Point, Downtown, and Tom Delay of Bethel Park released a 15-inch saugeye (a walleye and sauger hybrid) within the city limits.

Monongahela River (Allegheny County): Warm water kept the fishing to a minimum. Anglers reported catching several flatheads in the 15- to 18-pound range caught at night on suckers or bluegills.

Allegheny River (Westmoreland County): Recent rains improved flow, and a lot of channel cats in the 18- to 24-inch range were caught, as well as a few up to 30 inches.

Loyalhanna Lake (Westmoreland County): Five bass totaling more than 9 pounds were taken by the winner of a recent tournament. A few 4-pound largemouths and sublegal tiger muskies were reported.

Keystone Lake (Armstrong County): Matt Kiesel, 17, of Penn Hills was thrilled to catch a 47-inch, 25-pound musky. He was surprised the next day to land another -- the second measured 35 inches and 15.9 pounds. Fish and Boat recently stocked walleye and tiger musky fingerlings.

Yellow Creek Lake (Indiana County): Tournament anglers caught bass in the 3- to 4-pound range, and panfish and perch were reported.

Colver Reservoir (Cambria County): Dave Wick of Nanty Glo brought in a 24-inch walleye, while another angler landed a 21-inch largemouth.

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