District Fishing Report: 9.21.12

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Lake Erie (Erie County): Guides reported slowing walleye action with catches at about 100 feet out of North East, and perch in 50-60 feet out of Freeport and Gull Point. Most creeks remained low and warm, but after last week's rain steelhead were in the larger creek mouths, particularly in early morning and late evening, and the first tributary catches of the year were reported at the Walnut Creek Access Area.

Pymatuning Reservoir (Crawford County): Low water continued to be a problem with some launching ramps not usable and boating hazards abundant. The Fish and Boat Commission reported that the lake's deepest launch at Jamestown was functioning. Some walleyes were caught at the lake's southern end.

Conneaut Lake (Crawford County): Low water and slow fishing continued.

Lake Wilhelm (Crawford County): Fishing remained slow with some panfish caught near the marina.

French Creek (Crawford County): A massive algae bloom on the lower creek had dissipated and cool evenings increased the quality of fishing. Anglers picked up largemouths near the shore and muskies were active.

Lake Arthur (Butler County): Fishing was slow, but cooler evenings were expected to improve conditions.

North Park Lake (Allegheny County): Angler pressure was low, and fishing was slow.

Allegheny, Monongahela, Ohio rivers (Allegheny County): Recent rains left high, muddy, debris-filled waters throughout the region, with a 50 percent chance of rain Saturday. With no precipitation and cloudy skies predicted for much of next week, the rivers were expected to drop resulting in good conditions for bass and walleye anglers competing in the FLW 3Rivers Challenge on waters surrounding The Point Sept. 28-29. Showers predicted for Sept. 23 in Warren County could give tournament anglers fishing the Allegheny River an edge. Fish and Boat will have a free demo of fish survey techniques and fisheries management strategies on the Allegheny River's North Shore, Downtown, near PNC Park at 5 p.m. Sept. 28.

Youghiogheny River (Fayette, Somerset counties): The tailrace to Confluence was fishing well with cool water pouring from the bottom-release dam.

Little Juniata (Huntingdon County): High water from recent rains cooled the creek. Some caddis and blue quill hatches were observed.

Spring Creek (Centre County): Typical fall conditions with good flow, a green tint and temperatures in the mid-60s.

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