District Fishing Report: 7.4.13

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Lake Erie (Erie County): On a June 29 evening trip, the head boat Edward John reported 40 anglers boating 600 perch. The next morning's run caught 700 yellow perch, white perch and freshwater drum, and the evening trip took home 675 fish including two walleye. Out of Walnut Creek and North East, walleye were at about 55 feet.

Pymatuning Reservoir (Crawford County): Largemouths in excess of 16 inches were reported. Crawler harnesses, buzz baits and jigs with Twister tails were effective.

Lake Arthur (Butler County): Two anglers separately reported releasing four muskies in the 40-inch range.

Pine Creek (Allegheny County): Over two days, Aiden and Ethan Williams of Allison Park and their grandfather Dave Anderson landed a 9-inch rainbow trout and 20 to 25 bass. Most of the smallmouths were in the 6- to 10-inch range, but two nice 15-inchers were caught.

North Park Lake (Allegheny County): Trout continued to be taken but in deeper waters and in lesser numbers than in the spring. Panfish were caught on live bait from shore all over the lake.

Loyalhanna Creek (Westmoreland County): Fly anglers reported a substantial late-afternoon mayfly hatch in the Delayed Harvest Artificial Lures Only section, and some nice browns were taken on the surface and released. Also in Westmoreland County at a private lake, Aubrie Zacios, 3 1/2 of Clinton, caught a 15-inch perch while fishing with her grandpap.

Cross Creek Lake (Washington County): Anglers were still catching crappies and bluegills, finding them in schools at 8 to 10 feet taking soft plastics and live minnows. More largemouths were reported than in recent years with fish in 3- to 4-pound range. Walleye were scarce, but a Fish and Boat Commission stocking program continued last week with the stocking of 14,700 walleye fingerlings.

Juniata River (Huntingdon County): Amid generally high and muddy conditions, anglers reported clearer water in the Raystown Branch, where smallmouths were taking soft plastics and live bait.

Raystown Lake (Huntingdon County): Anglers caught stripers from midnight through early morning around the dam and northern end. Surface and subsurface lures were hot. By day, anglers trolling live bait picked up striped bass.

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