Lake Erie and tributaries: Smallmouths had started their spawning runs on some streams, and those in the bay and channel were active. It's mostly catch and release -- Lake Erie and tributary special bass regulations for April 13 through June 14 call for a 20-inch minimum size, creel limit 1. In the bay everything was active with big perch caught near the North Pier and smallmouths near the South Pier. On the lake anglers caught walleye at night and lake trout were at 40-45 feet from North East to Shade's Beach. The yellow perch bite was on. With 26 anglers aboard, the head boat Edward John's first trip of the season May 4 resulted in nearly 300 catches.
Pymatuning Reservoir (Crawford County): Water is perfect for this time of year and anglers caught black crappies and yellow perch. Chartreuse tail on a 1/8-ounce jig was hot.
Conneaut Lake (Crawford County): Crappies were found in deep water, and anglers reported a steady smallmouth bite.
Neshannock Creek (Lawrence County): Water was dropping but in good shape Thursday. The Olive Caddis hatch was on and March Browns started Monday.
Monongahela River (Allegheny County): Smallmouths and walleyes were active near shore, and a few big flatheads were caught.
Turtle Creek (Allegheny County): Water was low last weekend. Two weeks after the most recent stocking April 23, few anglers were on the water and few trout were caught.
Deer Lakes (Allegheny County): Rainbow trout were stocked by the state Wednesday at Lower, Middle and West Deer Lakes.
Deer Creek (Allegheny County): The lower beat near Rose Ridge Golf Course was stocked Wednesday by the state with browns and rainbows.
North Park Lake (Allegheny County): In the third stocking since early March, the state delivered a tanker trout of rainbows Thursday.
Montour Run (Allegheny County): May 3 the state stocked browns and rainbows from Trout Run to the Hassam Rd. bridge.
Twin Lakes (Westmoreland County): Tuesday the lower lake was stocked by the state with rainbows.
Donegal Lake (Westmoreland County): The state plans to release a tanker truck of rainbows May 11.
Mammoth Lake (Westmoreland County): State-stocked rainbows entered the lake Wednesday.
Loyalhanna Creek (Westmoreland County): Next week the state plans stock browns and rainbows from Two Mile Run Rd. to Monastery Run. May 5 Steven Bolcher of Johnstown released several nice trout including a 16-inch brown near Sleepy Hollow.
Mill Creek (Westmoreland County): A state stocking of rainbows is scheduled for May 16.
Cross Creek Lake (Washington County): Shane Chapman and Derrick Perrin of Avella brought in 30 crappies around 10 inches. The crappie bite was beginning to wane, but anglers caught them drifting in the shallow end or trolling near shore with live minnows, Trout Magnets (white, red and white, chartreuse and white) or red jigs tipped with maggots. Bluegills went for live baits, tube baits and small jigs. Walleye were caught trolling crawler harnesses in 20 feet trolling at 1.7 mph, and while the largemouth bite has been off for a couple of years and no harvest is permitted through June 14, anglers reported an unusually high bass catch rate.
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First Published May 10, 2013 12:00 AM