The state Fish and Boat Commission recently passed new cold-weather life-jacket regulations. All boaters must wear a Coast Guard-approved personal flotation device from Nov. 1-April 30 while under way or at anchor on boats less than 16 feet in length or any canoe or kayak.
Lake Erie tributaries (Erie County): The weekend???s steady rains raised water levels. Walnut, Elk and Twenty Mile were high and leafy Saturday but fished better Sunday. Fresh chromers entered the creeks and fish were seen moving upstream. Steelheads were caught, but muddy water kept catch rates down.
Pymatuning Reservoir (Crawford County): During the summer John Mook of Sewickley caught a 20-inch, 4-pound largemouth. Later, on the same cast of a Rat-L-Trap, he caught two fish: a 19-inch, 4-pound largemouth hooked on the front treble hook, and a 16-inch, 2-pound bass on the rear treble hook.
Ohio, Beaver rivers (Beaver County): Cooler waters turned on the bass ??? some catches were in the 3-pound range. Muskies and pike were taking artificials and live chubs and shiners near the Townsend Dam, and some walleyes and saugers were taken with bottom-bouncing jigs on the Ohio.
Raccoon Lake (Beaver County): The state stocked rainbow trout Oct. 2.
Keystone Lake (Armstrong County): Small muskies and some nice bass were caught, and panfish remained active. With the lake down 12-14 feet, boaters had access at the Atwood Launch.
Deer Lakes (Allegheny County): State rainbow trout stockings planned for Oct. 2 were rescheduled for Oct. 11.
Deer Creek (Allegheny County): A state stocking of rainbow trout planned for Oct. 2 on the Delayed Harvest Artificial Lures Only area was rescheduled for Oct. 11.
Pine Creek (Allegheny County): State rainbow trout stockings planned for Oct. 2 on sections including the Delayed Harvest Artificial Lures Only area were scheduled for Oct. 11.
Montour Run (Allegheny County): Oct. 2 the state stocked rainbow trout from Trout Run to the Ewings Mills Road bridge.
Twin Lakes (Westmoreland County): Upper and lower lakes got a batch of rainbows from the state Oct. 5.
Loyalhanna Creek (Westmoreland County): The Delayed Harvest Artificial Lures Only area was stocked by the state with rainbows Oct. 3
Yellow Creek Lake (Indiana County): Bluegills and crappies were hitting, and a 35-inch, 16-pound channel cat was caught.
Dutch Fork (Washington County): The Delayed Harvest Artificial Lures Only stretch got a state stocking of rainbows Oct. 4.
Canonsburg Lake (Washington County): Rainbow trout were stocked by the state Oct. 4.
Monongahela River (Fayette, Washington counties): A heavy walleye bite was reported in Fayette, and bass fishing picked up in Washington.
Youghiogheny River (Fayette County): Walleyes were active on the Lower Yough, and anglers caught trout on the Upper Yough.
Dunbar Creek (Fayette County): Brook and brown trout were stocked by the state Oct. 5 in the Catch-And-Release Fly-Fishing Only area.
Meadow Run (Fayette County): The Delayed Harvest Artificial Lures Only area got a state stocking of rainbows Oct. 4.
Black Moshannon lake, creek (Centre County): On the lake, tube baits and Twister Tails were picking up pickerel and bass. Browns and rainbows were stocked Oct. 1 in the creek???s Delayed Harvest Artificial Lures Only section.
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