District Fishing Report: 5.3.13

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The statewide open season for walleye, sauger and saugeye starts Saturday. Walleye and the hybrid saugeye must be 15 inches, saugers have to be 12 inches. Combined creel limit is six.

Lake Erie (Erie County): Cold water delayed the movement of smallmouths, but anglers reported good catches in Presque Isle Bay and at the Hammermill stacks. Yellow perch were caught near the north and south piers, and panfish were active on the bayfront. Lake trout were caught in 25-35 feet out of North East, and perch were active near the south pier. Dock installation at the North East Marina is completed; sand dredging is expected to continue for about two weeks.

Pymatuning Reservoir (Crawford County): Crappies are on, and under special regulations walleye have been active.

Conneaut Lake (Crawford County): Angling pressure was high and lots of crappies were caught. Effective live baits included live minnows and maggot-tipped jigs. Shore anglers landed hand-size crappies on Rooster Tails and other spinners.

Geneva Marsh (Crawford County): The state Fish and Boat Commission reported catches of walleye near the Custards Bridge area, where last year's bridge construction deepened the water.

French Creek (Crawford County): A prolonged muskie and northern bite was underway.

Lake Wilhelm (Mercer County): Nice crappies in the 12- to 15-inch range were caught in the lake's shallow warmer waters.

Bradys Run Lake (Beaver County): Paste baits, live minnows and red worms were the hot baits for trout.

North Park Lake (Allegheny County): Lots of fishing going on, and lots of trout were caught. Although few anglers fish the lake tributaries, Chris Rogers of McCandless pulled a 16-inch rainbow from Pine Creek above the lake.

Pine Creek (Allegheny County): The state Fish and Boat Commission stocked browns and rainbows above and below the Delayed Harvest Artificial Lures Only area Wednesday. Big rainbows and golden rainbows were caught just below North Park Lake, and smallmouths were sighted throughout the creek from the Allegheny River to the lake.

Allegheny River (Allegheny County): Anglers reported an uptick in the smallmouth and walleye bite.

Crooked Creek Lake (Armstrong County): Crappies up to 10 inches were hitting near the outflow.

Keystone Lake (Westmoreland County): Steve Romer, 9, of Greensburg caught three rainbow trout on butter worms April 27. The next state trout stocking is scheduled for May 10. The state Fish and Boat Commission will hold a Family Fishing Festival 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. May 18, register at http://fishandboat.com.

Four Mile Run (Westmoreland County): The state stocked browns and rainbows Thursday.

Linn Run (Westmoreland County): A state stocking of brook trout was scheduled for today.

Twin Lakes (Westmoreland County): Warm temperatures in the shallows turned on the bluegills and sunfish, which were easily caught on meal worms and other live baits. A state stocking of rainbow trout is scheduled for May 7 on the upper lake.

Cross Creek Lake (Washington County): Crappies went for small and medium fathead minnows, and jigs and Trout Magnets in red and white or chartreuse and white, with about 50 percent legal (9 inches, 20 fish creel limit). Bluegill catches were mostly legal (7 inches, 20 fish creel limit). Maggots and red and black jigs were hot. Anglers reported catching largemouths and walleye in the 20- to 23-inch range.

Report your catch at fishingreport@post-gazette.com. 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 trout photos, and rate those of readers, in the Post-Gazette's annual Trout Photo Contest: www.post-gazette.com/troutcontest.



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