Lake Erie tributaries (Erie County): Anglers willing to battle shelf ice and frozen eyelets did well on Elk and the other larger creeks, where midweek the water was stained chocolate to green and many steelhead were caught. Egg patterns, Wooly Buggers and bait sacks were hot. By Thursday Elk was clear and dropping. Showers were predicted for Sunday and Monday.
Bradys Run Lake (Beaver County): With little angling pressure, one fisherman had the lake to himself and landed several nice panfish.
North Park Lake (Allegheny County): Angling pressure was low at Marshall Lake, the nearby pond where many fish were relocated when North Park Lake was drained. On the main lake, however, trout were caught near the launching ramp and Boat House.
Allegheny River (Allegheny County): The state Fish and Boat Commission reports some nice-size walleyes were caught on live chubs and suckers near Harmar and Sharpsburg.
Monongahela River (Allegheny County): Anglers pulled out smallmouth bass near Elizabeth, and a 35-inch flathead was caught on cut bait near the dam.
Youghiogheny River (Allegheny, Westmoreland counties)
Several northern pike of substantial size were caught near Sutersville.
Twin Lakes (Westmoreland County): Trout were caught at both lakes as the lower impoundment was being drawn down for weed control.
Donegal Lake (Westmoreland County): With a drawdown underway for weed control, anglers were catching trout nearly every day.
Mammoth Lake (Westmoreland County): Drawn down for weed control.
Youghiogheny River (Somerset County): Trout were caught in the tailrace.
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