Disappointing weather during the opening week of the statewide trout season gave way to lower, clearer waters in the second week, and anglers reported catching lots of trout everywhere.
Lake Erie and tributaries
Outstanding steelhead fishing Monday on cloudy but receding water at Ohio's Grand River as three anglers released a dozen big fish in the morning. Fly fisherman John G. Hayes of Harrison City released a dark 32 incher. In Pennsylvania's Erie County the smallmouth had not begun their annual spawning run, but in the lagoons off the bay crappies were hot and yellow perch were active near the North Pier in about 8 feet. Anglers caught northerns in Misery Bay.
Pymatuning Reservoir (Crawford County)
Walleye action at Linesville had slowed, but fish were caught near the causeway and some walleye were taken at night. The panfish bite was light but some anglers caught yellow perch. Volunteers for a cleanup crew will meet at the Pymatuning Lake Association Pavilion at the Espyville Boat Launch at 9 a.m. Saturday. Call 724-927-2632 for details.
French Creek (Crawford County): The state Fish and Boat Commission reported catches of muskellunge.
Allegheny River (Forest County): Good fishing near Tionesta, with catches of perch and northern pike.
Piney Dam (Clarion County): Anglers took perch and crappies on live minnows and crawlers. A good trout bite was reported at the mouths of Mill Creek and Cathers Run.
Bradys Run Lake (Beaver County): Outstanding trout fishing was reported. Limits were caught using live minnows, paste baits and maggot-tipped jigs.
Raccoon Lake (Beaver County): Paste baits and tipped jigs were hot.
North Fork Little Beaver Creek (Beaver County): Following a state stocking of browns and rainbows last week, anglers cleaned up drifting minnows and spinners.
Beaver River (Beaver County): Fish and Boat reported a "very nice" crappie bite including fish in the 12 inch range. Two muskies over 40 inches were caught near the Townsend Dam.
Buffalo Creek (Armstrong County): Trout anglers did well on nymphs in the Delayed Harvest Artificial Lures Only section, and live minnows were the ticket farther below. The state stocked browns and rainbows Thursday. Next stocking May 2.
Cowanshannock Creek (Armstrong County): Stocked by the state last week from Red Mill Road to the mouth, anglers reported good catches on live minnows.
Crooked Creek Lake (Armstrong County): Crappies up to 10 inches were caught at the outflow.
North Park Lake (Allegheny County): Live minnows, red worms, paste baits and tipped jigs were hot all over the lake. The state stocked April 20 and will return May 9.
Bull Creek (Allegheny County): Next week the state plans to stock browns and rainbows above and below the Delayed Harvest Artificial Lures Only section.
Deer Creek (Allegheny County): Browns and rainbows were stocked by the state Wednesday from the Delayed Harvest Artificial Lures Only section to the big bend near the Pittsburgh Indoor Sports Arena.
Turtle Creek (Allegheny County): Following Tuesday's state stocking of browns and rainbows, trout were caught below Saunder's Station Road.
Montour Run (Allegheny County): Kurt Tintelnot of Banksville released a 10-inch rainbow along the bike trail in Robinson.
Ohio River (Allegheny County): The hybrid and striped bass bite was hot. Last week Bob Wasileski III of Ingomar and his son caught upwards of 80 on a single fishing trip. While night fishing they also caught walleye and sauger.
Donegal Lake (Westmoreland County): Good fishing was reported including a lunker trout exceeding 25 inches.
Loyalhanna Creek (Westmoreland County): Fly anglers reported a good bite on nymphs in the Delayed Harvest Artificial Lures Only section. Live minnows, red worms and spinners took fish near Sleepy Hollow and Kingston Dam. Fish and Boat conducted in-season stockings of browns and rainbows this week.
Twin Lakes (Westmoreland County): The trout bite was hot through most of the week. On sunny days they were deeper and farther from shore.
Cross Creek Lake (Washington County): Crappie action was OK -- fish were biting but half were 9 inches or smaller. Anglers did well in shallow coves with live minnows and red and white jigs, or drifting or trolling in 10-15 feet. Bluegills went for maggot-tipped jigs, and one nice largemouth was reported.
Millers Run (Washington County): Anglers reported good catches on live minnows following a state stocking of browns and rainbows April 16. Next stocking May 1.
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