No fishing license required, tackle and bait provided at the Post-Gazette Family Fishing Tent hosted by outdoors editor John Hayes 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Aug. 3-4 at Moraine State Park, part of the annual Regatta at Lake Arthur. The free festival includes sailboat and puddleduck racing, canoeing and kayaking, helicopter rides, live music, crafts, concessions, fireworks, etc. Details 724-368-8811, www.lakearthurregatta.org.
Lake Erie (Erie County): Perch were reported at 45 feet and walleye at 55-60 feet out of Walnut Creek. Nice smallmouths were released near structure off North East. Zack Abel, 13, boated an 8-pound brown trout, one of 10 big fish including steelhead and walleye caught by members of his family July 22.
Conneaut Lake (Crawford County): Good fishing was reported with bluegills, perch, largemouths and catfish caught all over the lake. A 40-inch muskie was released July 21.
Clarion River (Forest County): Using crayfish-colored crankbaits, Jonathan Cook landed a nice smallmouth, and Elijah Cook boated a 19-inch brown trout north of Cooksburg July 14.
Lake Arthur (Butler County): Largemouths up to 18 inches were released in weeds off Muddy Creek Bay, and a sublegal muskie was caught on a Big Fork Twitch Darter fished with a planer at 10 feet.
Allegheny River (Armstrong County): Anglers caught catfish and bass, with small walleye taking shiners below the No. 8 lock at Mosgrove, where a 40-inch-plus flathead was released.
Evergreen Community Park (Allegheny County): In his first tournament -- the recent Ross fishing contest -- young Joshua Milkowski landed a 7-inch smallmouth bass.
Ohio River (Allegheny County): With waters moderately high and muddy, fish were stacked up just off The Point. On July 17, Tom Williams of Mt. Lebanon caught a 7-pound channel cat on a spinnerbait there, and nice catches of smallmouths were reported on both sides of Point State Park. Fishing was hot below the Emsworth Dam and in the Neville Island back channel.
Allegheny River (Allegheny County): Lots of nice channel cats were reported, most caught around dusk and dawn. Stink baits were effective. While fishing for bass with a spinning rod and 8-pound test line, John Sarraino of West Homestead landed a 47-inch muskie estimated at 40 pounds. The fish took a jig and green Twister tail, and was released following a 45-minute fight.
Monongahela River (Allegheny County): Fish and Boat reports lots of angling action from the Mon Wharf to the 18th Street access. Walleye, smallmouths and channel cats were caught near Braddock, and sublegal muskies were taken upriver.
Cross Creek Lake (Washington County): Fewer anglers showed up in inclement weather, and fewer fish showed up, too. Two anglers separately caught 30-plus crappies on minnow-tipped jigs, but the bluegill, bass and walleye bite was down.
Monongahela, Youghiogheny rivers (Fayette County): Fish and Boat reported channel cats and flatheads taken below the Monongahela locks, and smallmouths and freshwater drum were caught on both rivers.
Little Juniata River (Huntingdon County): Following Monday's spike in flow, the Little J was running slightly high and tinted but dropping with water temperatures in the mid to high 60s. Tan Caddis (No. 14-16) and Blue-winged Olives (18-20) were recommended.
Spring Creek (Centre County): With a slightly green tint, receding above-average flow and temperatures in the 60s, Spring Creek was described as "almost perfect." Three browns in excess of 16 inches were caught on Pheasant Tails and Blue-winged Olives and released Thursday morning at Fisherman's Paradise.
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