The state Fish and Boat Commission's annual pre-season trout stocking program is underway with about 3.2 million adult trout averaging 11 inches to be stocked in 735 streams and 123 lakes throughout Pennsylvania. Future plans to close two hatcheries will not impact this year's stocking of 1.84 million rainbows, 836,000 browns, 509,000 brookies and about 8,500 trophy golden rainbows (often inaccurately called "palominos") averaging 14 inches and 1 1/2 pounds. Approved Trout Waters are closed to fishing through the regional or statewide trout opening. Waters with the new designation Approved Trout Waters Open To Year-Round Fishing are open but no trout may be taken, killed or possessed through April 13.
Lake Erie tributaries (Erie County): Favorable water resulted some active fishing last week, particularly on lower Walnut and Elk creeks. Low flow in recent days reduced angling pressure. Higher temperatures and rain predicted for early next week were expected to stain waters and increase flow.
Bradys Run Lake (Beaver County): A state stocking of rainbows planned for noon March 12 meets at the Bradys Run Park Office. Approved Trout Waters Open To Year-Round Fishing.
North Park Lake (Allegheny County): Rainbow trout were stocked Tuesday. Approved Trout Waters Open To Year-Round Fishing.
Pine Creek (Allegheny County): Austin Ramsey of Shaler was casting a smoke tube jig in Sharpsburg when he hooked a 32-inch, 13.2-pound walleye (see the fish at www.post-gazette.com/fishphotos). Water was still too cold for spawning but walleye continued to stage near the creek's confluence with the Allegheny River.
Big Sewickley Creek (Allegheny County): Today the state was expected to stock browns and rainbows.
Indian Creek, Indian Lake (Westmoreland County): The creek's Delayed Harvest Artificial Lures Only area will get a state stocking of brook and brown trout, while the lake gets rainbows, when the tanker truck meets volunteer stockers at 12:15 p.m. March 11 at the lake.
Loyalhanna Creek (Westmoreland County): A state stocking of browns of rainbows is planned for March 9 from Zimmerman Run to Monastery Run, with the truck meeting at noon at the Loyalhanna Watershed Association office on old Rte. 30 in Ligionier. Catch-and-release fishing is open in the Delayed Harvest Artificial Lures Only area.
Sewickley Creek (Westmoreland County): A state stocking of browns and rainbows meets 12:15 p.m. March 11 at Indian Lake.
Twin Lakes (Westmoreland County): A state stocking of rainbows in both lakes meets 11:30 a.m. March 15 at the lower lake. Approved Trout Waters Open To Year-Round Fishing.
High Point Lake (Somerset County): Ice was ample last week with reports of up to 9 inches. Anglers caught pike, pickerel, bass, yellow perch, crappies and small bluegills.
Canonsburg Lake (Washington County): A state stocking of rainbows meets 1 p.m. March 13 at the Rte. 19 crossing. Approved Trout Waters Open To Year-Round Fishing.
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