Anglers are reminded that the harvest of all bass species is illegal until June 16. Walleye harvest is illegal until May 4. A personal flotation device or life jacket must be worn by all boaters while underway or at anchor on all boats less than 16 feet in length, and any canoe or kayak, until April 30.
Pymatuning Reservoir (Crawford County): Before the recent temperature drop black crappies and white crappies took maggot-tipped jigs and small spinners. The bite dropped off late last week, but picked up in recent days.
Lake Wilhelm (Mercer County): With lake waters extremely high little crappie action was reported.
Sandy Creek (Mercer, Venango counties): Opening day of trout season, water released from Lake Wilhelm resulted in near blow-out conditions all the way to Polk.
Bradys Run Lake (Beaver County): With high water in the creeks, anglers crowded the lake opening day. Red worms, butter worms and other live baits were hot.
Allegheny River (Armstrong County): Fish and Boat reported a 50-inch muskellunge was recently released. Pike and muskies were active between Kittanning and Templeton.
Buffalo Creek (Armstrong County): Pressure was reported in the Delayed Harvest Artificial Lures Only area, but few anglers tried other stream sections.
North Park Lake (Allegheny County): Muddy water slowed the opening day bite. In the following the days angler pressure grew heavy and lots of trout were taken including a 21-inch golden rainbow caught by a 5 year old. Live minnows worked best in cloudy waters, but when it cleared every bait was effective. A state stocking is scheduled for April 20. Many kayakers and canoeists were on lake -- no state launch permit is required.
Pine Creek (Allegheny County): High and muddy opening day. Pressure and the catch rate were high in recent days following a state stocking Monday that volunteers said included many large hatchery breeders, which are not expected to reproduce but are commonly stocked as trophies.
Big Sewickley Creek (Allegheny County): The state stocked browns and rainbows Monday. Another stocking is scheduled for May 3.
Bull Creek (Allegheny County): Browns and rainbows were stocked by the state this week. The tanker truck returns the week of April 29.
Long Run (Allegheny County): Motorists witnessed poachers on the urban fishery near McKeesport between the April 3 stocking and opening day, but on Sunday trout were apparent in the larger pools. Last year, the maximum fine for illegally harvesting fish was increased to $5,000. Report illegal fishing activity at 814-445-8974.
Montour Run (Allegheny County): The state stocked browns and rainbows Monday.
Turtle Creek (Allegheny County): Browns and rainbows were stocked April 9. The state returns with more April 23.
Cross Creek Lake (Washington County): The recent cold snap put down the crappie bite, but it picked up as the weather warmed. Anglers using live minnows and chartreuse or white Trout Magnets caught crappies in the lake's shallow coves. Maggot-tipped black Mini Foo jigs were hot as boaters drifted through 12-15 foot waters. Some bluegills were caught.
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