District Fishing Report: 5.24.13

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The first of two Pennsylvania Fish-for-Free Days will be held Memorial Day (May 27). On that day residents and non-residents can legally fish with no fishing license required on all of the state's waterways. All other fishing regulations and private property laws still apply. Karen Gainey, fishing instructor at the Community College of Allegheny County and host of public access PCTV's "Karen's Fishing Corner" will conduct a free fishing program 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Memorial Day at Point State Park, Downtown.

Lake Erie and tributaries (Erie County): The smallmouth run is on at the bigger tribs. Sunday, John Owen of Monroeville released 22 bass on Twenty Mile Creek. Anglers are reminded of special Lake Erie bass regulations: through June 14 minimum size 20 inches, daily limit 1. Unguarded bass eggs can be devoured by predators in minutes -- please avoid fishing on redds. Sunday, the head boat Edward John reported 25 fish; Monday approximately 175 yellow perch were boated -- mostly females with no eggs suggesting the spawn may be over. New Lake Erie perch regulations as of May 1: no minimum size, 30 fish daily limit.

Conneaut Lake (Crawford County): Good catches of black crappies reported in the warmer shallows; whites were still in deeper water.

Lake Wilhelm (Mercer County): Some crappies were taken near the causeway and Sheakleyville bridge. A 17-inch walleye was released near the dam.

Neshannock Creek (Lawrence County): Low but fishable with a chance of much-need rain through the weekend. Big Brown Drakes were hatching most mornings.

Lake Arthur (Butler County): One angler released 12 hybrid striped bass while night fishing May 16. Black crappies took Trout Magnets, maggot-tipped jigs and spinners, and live bait including red worms and 1 1/2-inch minnows.

Raccoon Lake (Beaver County): Mornings and evenings were hot for trout. The state Fish and Boat Commission stocked rainbows May 10.

North Park Lake (Allegheny County): Trout continued to be caught above the lake in Pine Creek, and anglers pulled a great deal of rainbows from the lake. A 24-inch carp was caught on medium minnows from shore near the boathouse.

Allegheny River (Allegheny County): Some big cats and a lot of walleye were reported below the Highland Park Dam, and black crappies and white bass were taken mornings.

Mill Creek (Westmoreland County): Although the state stocked rainbows May 16, on Sunday Tom Beckman of Waterford released a native brown taken on the surface during an evening caddis hatch -- his first fly-fishing trout.

Canonsburg Lake (Washington County): The trout bite continued -- medium minnows and spinners were hot. Many small panfish were caught.

Spring Creek (Centre County): With the water at optimal spring flow, trout were taking sulfurs in all their forms -- nymphs, emergers, duns and spinners. A 20-inch brown was released at Fisherman's Paradise.

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 fish photos, and rate those of readers, on the Post-Gazette's website: www.post-gazette.com/fishphotos.



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