District Fishing Report: 6.14.13

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Bass season opens statewide June 15. In lakes through Oct. 31, a 12-inch minimum and limit of six combined species applies. Same bass minimum and limit on rivers and streams through Sept. 30. Check www.fish.state.pa.us for Big Bass Program regulations on some waters.

Pymatuning Reservoir (Crawford County): Walleye fishing was hot, particularly on the south end.

Conneaut Lake (Crawford County): Dredging is completed at the Fish and Boat Access Area, but boaters must follow the channel and stay to the right on entering the lake. Stephen Grey of Marion Center released four largemouths in excess of 15 inches, caught on crankbaits.

Lake Wilhelm (Mercer County): Panfish including nice crappies were caught near the causeway and Sheakleyville bridge. A study of Lake Wilhelm bass tournament catch rates conducted by Goddard State Park found that from 2007 to 2011 the total catch dropped from 575 to 509, but the catch per angler hour was about the same: 0.30 per hour in 2007, 0.27 per hour in 2011.

Clarion River (Clarion County): Sizeable bass and trout were taken near the mouths of Cathers and Blyson runs.

Lake Arthur (Butler County): Results of a spring 2013 muskellunge survey conducted by the state Fish and Boat Commission showed a small increase from the 2011 catch rate. The biggest musky sampled was 43.8 inches and weighed 23.7 pounds. The catch rate keeps Lake Arthur among the Top 5 musky waters in Pennsylvania. See the full study results at www.fish.state.pa.us. Hybrid striped bass were running -- best fishing was 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. with crawlers on the bottom, live ailewives or stick baits. A state permit is required to catch ailewives with a cast net.

Lake Oneida (Butler County): Crappie action was slow, but bigger crappies were taken near submerged fish habitat structures.

Allegheny River (Armstrong County): Fish and Boat reports good fishing near the locks and dams with recent catches of walleye, sauger, smallmouths and white bass, and channel cats in the 14-20 inch range.

Ohio, Beaver rivers (Beaver County): Big flathead catfish were caught near the Raccoon Creek month on the Ohio, and near New Brighton on the Beaver. Some cats weighed up to 20 pounds. Chicken liver, stink baits and cut baits were hot.

Ohio River (Allegheny County): Zach Spangler, 18, of Cranberry was fishing in the Ohio River near the Emsworth Dam June 20 when he caught a monster flathead with an unofficial weight of 50 pounds. The state record flathead weighed 48.6 pounds. See the fish at www.post-gazette.com/fishphotos.

Laurel Hill Creek (Somerset County): On June 3 Ernie Kern of Upper St. Clair released 15 brown and rainbow trout using Parachute Adams and Olive Wooly Buggers in low, clear water under overcast skies.

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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