District Fishing Report: 9.7.12

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Lake Erie and tributaries (Erie County): In choppy water anglers cleaned up on walleyes with many in the 20-25 inch range caught as deep as 75 feet. Perch were at 50-60 feet. Steelheads were deep, and anglers searching trib mouths for early runs found only extremely low water.

Pymatuning Reservoir (Crawford County): High summer water temperatures were starting to rise, and big catfish were reported.

Conneaut Lake (Crawford County): Good bass fishing, particularly near structure and the shoreline.

Woodcock Lake (Crawford County): Taylor Zarewicz, 17, of Ross caught a 20-inch 5-pound smallmouth on Woodcock Lake Sept. 1.

Lake Wilhelm (Mercer County): With the lake still under-performing, some small bluegills and crappies were caught.

French Creek (Venango County): An algae bloom and other aquatic weeds covered long stretches of the river, but anglers near Franklin reported some nice smallmouths.

Lake Arthur (Butler County): Crappies remained active, mostly near woody structure. Walleyes were caught on worm harnesses trolled over humps and along road beds.

Lake Oneida, Thorn Run Reservoir (Butler County): With both lakes low and dam maintenance still underway at Oneida, only catfish anglers reported catches. The lakes are closed from dusk to dawn.

Ohio River (Beaver County): Justin Kiewer of Butler boated a 38-inch flathead caught deep on a live bluegill.

Raccoon Lake (Beaver County): Panfish were active on the 101-acre impoundment, particularly off the boathouse cove.

Allegheny River (Allegheny County): Tom Quirin of Greenfield caught largemouths 13 and 14 inches near Lock 3. Near the same dam Brian Rodgers of Crafton Heights landed a 16-inch shad.

Northmoreland Lake (Westmoreland County): Eric Druga, 5, of the North Hills caught his first fish during a trip to Northmoreland Park with his Uncle Mike. The smallmouth took a worm, and was released in the 17-acre impoundment.

Cross Creek Lake (Washington County): Reports of an oily sheen off the launch ramp could not be confirmed by the state Department of Environmental Protection or during a lake tour by the Post-Gazette.

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