District Fishing Report: 10.19.12

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Lake Erie and tributaries: Charter captains reported boating many daily limits of yellow perch west of the peninsula. Early in the week rains sparked runs of chromers throughout Steelhead Alley. More anglers than fish gathered at the mouth of Trout Run, but fresh fish and some large brown trout were caught at Twenty Mile and Sixteen Mile creeks. The mouths of Walnut and Elk creeks were crowded, but many fish were caught. Most tribs were low and clear later in the week. At Sixteen Mile authorities caught two fishermen from Carlisle in illegal possession of 13 steelhead and three brown trout, one weighing 11 pounds. Near the Walnut Creek Access Area citations were issued for trespassing on posted properties. Report poaching and other violations by calling the state Fish and Boat Commission's northwest region office at 814-337-044 or the Walnut Creek Marina at 814-833-2464.

French Creek (Crawford County): Anglers reported catching smallmouths, walleyes and northerns.

Salmon, East Hickory creeks (Forest County): Anglers caught rainbow trout on live minnows or Wooly Buggers after state stockings Oct. 9.

Shenango River (Mercer County): Nice catfish were reported in the reservoir. Rainbow trout were stocked by the state Oct. 2 below the dam.

Cool Spring Creek (Mercer County): The state stocked rainbows Oct. 2 in the Delayed Harvest Artificial Lures Only section.

Clarion River (Clarion County): Upstream, anglers caught smallmouths and trout. In bigger waters they caught smallmouths and nice-size walleyes.

Piney Dam (Clarion County): Anglers caught bass and big crappies, and landed walleyes near the shoreline.

Neshannock Creek (Lawrence County): Waters were low, clear and leafy following a state stocking of rainbows Oct. 2 in the Delayed Harvest Artificial Lures Only section.

Slippery Rock Creek (Lawrence County): Low flow but anglers reported catching trout after a state stocking of rainbows Oct. 2 in the Catch-And-Release Fly-Fishing Only section.

Lake Arthur (Butler County): Curious bass catches were reported -- plentiful and lengthy but thin. As the lake adjusts to autumn conditions, shore fishing was expected to pick up at Bear Run and Route 528 bay.

Harbar Acres Lake (Butler County): Brook and brown trout were stocked Oct. 3 by the state.

Monongahela River (Allegheny County): On Oct. 3, while shore fishing in Braddock, Gregory Webster of Braddock released a walleye estimated in excess of 35 inches that went for a jig and white Twister tail.

Youghiogheny River (Somerset County): Trout action was slow at the outflow, but rock bass were biting. Crappies and walleyes were caught in the lake.

Report your catch to fishingreport@post-gazette.com. Include angler's name, age (for children), place of residence, species, size, body of water, date of catch, phone number (not for publication) and optional details. Send hi-res digital photos to the above address.



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