Pennsylvania's final Fish for Free Day of 2012 will be held Monday. Residents and nonresidents may legally fish with no fishing license on all of the state's waterways. All other fishing regulations and private property laws apply.
Lake Erie: Guide services reported good walleye fishing last weekend with one boating 90 walleyes and 21 steelhead. Perch were active at about 57 feet. The Recreational Boating and Fishing Foundation named Presque Ise State Park among the nation's best state parks for fishing and boating.
Allegheny River Reservoir (Warren County): The state Fish and Boat Commission stocked 60,000 brook trout north of Kinzua Dam in early August.
Tionesta Creek (Forest County): Waters between Kellettvile Bridge and Jug Handle Run were giving up smallmouths, and anglers reported catching muskies and trout at the mouths of small tributaries.
Tionesta Lake (Forest County): Anglers boated several muskies while trolling shorelines on mornings and evenings.
Allegheny River (Forest County): Nice smallmouths were caught on live baits and crankbaits.
Lake Wilhelm (Mercer County): Fishing was generally slow, but some nice panfish were caught near the causeway. A free state-run Family Fishing Program, held 9 a.m. to noon at Goddard State Park marina, will include rigging a fishing rod, knots, casting, rules and hands-on fishing. All equipment provided, and participants are not required to have a fishing license during the program. Pre-register at 814-683-5126.
Shenango Reservoir (Mercer County): Recent cool nights had a positive impact on fishing. Catfish continued to be caught throughout the lake.
Lake Arthur (Butler County): Anglers reported crappies suspending near wooden structure.
Ohio River (Beaver County): Cool evenings turned on the smallmouths, which were going for plastics. Catfish continued to be caught on crawlers, particularly near bridge pylons and other structure.
Raccoon Lake (Beaver County): The bass bite was slow, but anglers reported nice catches of panfish.
Allegheny River (Allegheny County): Catfish continued to be active, but other species were holding deep and fishing was generally slow.
Kiskiminetas River (Westmoreland, Armstrong counties): Smallmouths and walleyes were active.
Conemaugh River Lake (Westmoreland, Indiana counties): A 34-inch northern was caught, as well as largemouth bass in the 3-pound range.
Loyalhanna Lake (Westmoreland County): Anglers reported nice catches of smallish smallmouths and crappies.
Cross Creek Lake (Washington County): An oily sheen on the water first reported last week was thought to have been caused by decaying plant matter, but yesterday the state Department of Environmental Protection was still investigating. With water down about 3 feet, nice bluegills were suspended in 12-16 feet and anglers were pounding them with jigs and maggots. Walleyes 23 and 24 inches were caught trolling in 18 feet with silver Hot 'n Tots, and largemouths 16 and 19 inches went for a 4-inch black plastic worm.
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