District Fishing Report: 6.27.13

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Lake Erie (Erie County): Walleye were reported at 37 feet off the Condos and 55-65 feet west out of Trout Run, with fish running 7 to 10 pounds. A good perch catch was reported near the Cribs in 41 feet. Smallmouths were taken near the North Pier, largemouths in Misery Bay. In Presque Isle Bay Al Moore of Cochranton took first place and lunker in a Bassmasters of Mercer County tournament with a 3-pound 3-ounce smallmouth taken on soft plastic.

Pymatuning Reservoir (Crawford County): A good walleye bite was reported at the north and sound ends in 8 to 12 feet. Crawler-jig combos were effective, as were live ailewives late at night. Bluegills were holding on deep structure.

Lake Wilhelm (Mercer County): Bluegills were caught from the dam to the Sheakleyville bridge in sizes that generally exceeded last year's catch.

French Creek (Venango County): Despite high, cloudy water, smallmouths up to 3 1/2 pounds, largemouths and northerns were taken on large soft plastics.

Lake Arthur (Butler County): Cory Richter of Beaver Falls released four largemouth bass in the 15- to 18-inch range June 22. The fish were caught from shore on floating-sinking crankbaits.

Keystone Lake (Armstrong County): A 20-inch smallmouth and several 15- to 17-inch walleye were confirmed. Some crappies and perch were reported, as well as several muskies in the 40-inch range. The state Fish and Boat Commission stocked 19,000 walleye fingerlings in early June.

Blue Spruce Lake (Indiana County): Trout, bass and bluegills were reported.

Little Mahoning Creek (Indiana County): Several nice brown trout were taken on a recent evening on dry mayfly patterns near Rochester Mills in the Catch and Release Fly Fishing Only section.

Yellow Creek Lake (Indiana County): Anglers reported northern pike 18 to 22 inches. One 29-incher was caught, as well as few bass, walleye and crappies.

Allegheny River (Allegheny County): Lots of smallmouth catches reported; plastic baits were hot. On Thursday the river was high and muddy with more rain predicted over the weekend.

Monongahela River (Allegheny County): Channel cats were caught from Elrama to The Point. Stick baits and chicken livers were effective particularly near the Mon Warf. Carp were taking just about anything near the South Side. Predicted rains could keep the river high and muddy.

Cross Creek Lake (Washington County): Peter Ketting recognized the scars on a 32-inch channel cat he caught in 6 feet on a crawler, suggesting it was the same fish he'd released on two prior occasions. Crappies were at 15 feet suspended near structure, and bluegills were taking maggot-tipped Ant jigs at 6 to 8 feet. The largemouth bite has been better than in recent years, with 4 to 5 pounders taking buzzbaits and Senko lures in mornings and evenings.

High Point Lake (Somerset County): Nice bass 14 to 18 inches were taken opening weekend. Northerns, bluegills, perch and bullheads were reported.

Youghiogheny River (Somerset County): With a state trout stocking rescheduled for today, anglers reported hits on crawlers, wax worms and salmon eggs.

Youghiogheny River Lake (Somerset County): Water was high and walleye were moving to deeper, cooler water. Some fine northerns and channel cats were taken.

Raystown Branch Juniata River (Bedford County): Fish and Boat reported consistent action from smallmouth and panfish on small spinners, crankbaits, jigs and top water lures.

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