District Fishing Report: 3.29.13

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Lake Erie tributaries (Erie County): Elk Creek fished well late in the week with good flow and a green stain. Light pressure at the Walnut Creek Access Area, but several steelhead were released.

Conneaut Lake (Crawford County): Cold water, light fishing pressure.

Lake Arthur (Butler County): One angler reported a flurry of perch catches from the bank on Rte. 528 bay using mealworms.

North Park Lake (Allegheny County): More anglers were on lake having learned of it's new Approved Trout Water Open to Year-Round Fishing designation (catch-and-release trout fishing through April 12, inland rules apply starting April 13). With lake temperatures still in the 30s, trout were seeking warmer water ranging in the mid-40s near tributaries.

Pine Creek (Allegheny County): One fly fisherman has had the creek more or less to himself and has released lots of browns and rainbows using egg patterns flecked with sparkling material. The next stocking in the Delayed Harvest Artificial Lures Only area is April 15. All other beats were recently stocked March 20.

Twin Lake (Westmoreland County): On days when the air temperature touches 40 degrees, anglers were doing well with the lake's new Approved Trout Water Open to Year-Round Fishing rules.

Mammoth Lake (Westmoreland County): Anglers taking advantage of the new Approved Trout Water Open to Year-Round Fishing catch-and-release regulations were doing well on paste baits fished near the bottom.

Loyalhanna Creek (Westmoreland County): On warm days fly anglers did well in the Delayed Harvest Artificial Lures Only section, with several big browns and rainbows released.

Donegal, Keystone, Northmoreland lakes (Westmoreland): Few anglers took advantage of the new catch-and-release rules in these Approved Trout Water Open to Year-Round Fishing waters. Those who did had the trout to themselves, reporting catches on jigs, spinners and live bait.

Yellow Creek (Indiana County): Water remained too cold for productive open-water fishing, but anglers fished for northerns from shore along Rte. 259.

Lake Somerset (Somerset County): The lake is still drawn down 6 feet below normal levels.

Laurel Hill Lake (Somerset County): Open for fishing under Approved Trout Water Open to Year-Round Fishing rules, the lake has received little pressure.

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