The statewide opening day of trout season is April 13, but trout fishing opens March 30, the regional opening day, for waters in 18 southeastern counties. Catch-and-release trout fishing is legal now in waters newly categorized Approved Trout Waters Open To Year-Round Fishing, which include North Park Lake, Bradys Run Lake, Harbar Acres Lake, Canonsburg Lake, six lakes in Washington County and others. Fishing licenses and trout stamps are required to fish those waters; through 8 a.m. April 13 no trout may be harvested. Check http://fishandboat.com or the 2013 Pennsylvania Fishing Summary for details. Lake Erie and tributaries (Erie County): A cold snap kept all but a few anglers off the water. Hard fishing resulted in steelhead catches on middle and lower Elk Creek. One angler reported a 28 1/4-inch chromer, and fresh jacks were caught near the mouth. Steelhead were landed on Crooked and Conneaut creeks, and favorable snow-melt flow was expected as temperatures rise this weekend. Steelhead fishing is open through April 11, and reopens April 13 under trout regulations. Weather hampered runs of Manistee strain steelhead in Ohio. Pymatuning Reservoir (Crawford County): With ice all but gone, crappies were active near the Linesville causeway but in recent days they moved to deeper water. Some walleyes were reported. French Creek (Venango County): Before the return of winter temperatures, crappies were active in backwaters and slow, warmer pools, and smallmouths were caught in the shallows. Allegheny River (Venango County): Catches of smallmouths, northerns and muskies were reported. Bradys Run Lake (Butler County): Cold weather kept all but a few anglers off catch-and-release trout waters. North Park Lake (Allegheny County): With many anglers still unaware of the lake???s new status as Approved Trout Waters Open To Year-Round Fishing, a few shore anglers had the 75-acre lake and some 10,000 freshly stocked trout to themselves. Salmon eggs, small live minnows, crawlers, red worms, wax worms, butterworms, paste baits, jigs ??? just about every bait was productive. Pine Creek (Allegheny County): Wednesday, the state stocked browns and rainbows in all beats except the Delayed Harvest Artificial Lures Only section, which was last stocked March 1. Deer Lakes (Allegheny County): Rainbows were stocked Thursday by the state in the upper, middle and lower lakes. Fourmile Run (Westmoreland County): The state plans to stock browns and rainbows Wednesday. Report your catch at firstname.lastname@example.org. 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. Self-publish your fish photos, and rate those of readers, on the Post-Gazette???s website: www.post-gazette.com/fishphotos. Southwest Pennsylvania trout stocking reports are published in Sports Tuesdays-Fridays through April 5.
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