Lake Erie (Erie County): Yellow perch were smallish but plentiful off the condos, Gull Point and out of Walnut Creek, and scores were boated in 54 feet off Beach 9. Many junk fish and a few jumbos reported. With a private party of 28 aboard Saturday, the Edward John reported 600-plus perch over the rails including a 13 1-2-inch whopper -- all caught at 52 feet on fatheads, emerald shiners and Black Salties. Following days of rough water, walleye were active. Using a homemade worm harness, Ron Milavec of Upper St Clair boated a 30 1/4-inch, 10-pound 9-ounce walleye while trolling northwest of Walnut Creek in 65 feet. See it at www.post-gazette.com/fishphotos.
Pymatuning Reservoir (Crawford County): Walleye were suspended at 15-20 feet on the south end. Several nice channel cats were caught on worm harnesses or live minnows.
Conneaut Lake (Crawford County): The state Fish and Boat Commission urged boaters to thoroughly drain live wells and clean hulls and trailers of weeds and mud to slow this year's spread of invasive zebra mussels.
French Creek (Venango County): Angling pressure was light due to high, cloudy conditions.
Justus Lake (Venango County): Anglers found big rainbow trout at depths of 25 feet and greater, and bass were caught in shallower waters, often on structure. Bluegills took small jigs. The northern end was largely covered in dense vegetation.
Crooked Creek Lake (Armstrong County): Sometimes the whopper wins. On Sunday, something big took a black plastic worm fished by Andrea Filak of Glenshaw and ran toward the boat piloted by her friend Mark Browning. The fight bowed her spinning rod and snapped it. The fish was lost, but the manufacturer agreed to replace the rod.
North Park Lake (Allegheny County): Bluegills up to 9 inches were reported on small jigs or bobber and bait. Bass were taken on structure and an 18-inch catfish was released.
Pine Creek (Allegheny County): A consistent caddis hatch (size 14-16) was reported at dusk in the Delayed Harvest Artificial Lures Only area, and smallmouths were released at night near the mouth.
Allegheny River (Allegheny County): With light angling pressure, catches of several big smallmouths were reported in dam tailwaters, channel catfish were taking stink baits during low light hours, and a gar was caught near Sharpsburg.
Ohio River (Allegheny County): About 9 p.m. July 19, fishing with large live bluegills, Michael Purcell and Sean Cleland, both of the North Side, landed a 27-inch, 5-pound walleye and about 10 flatheads ranging from 5 pounds to 34 inches 18 pounds, and 39 inches 28 pounds. See the whopper at www.post-gazette.com/fishphotos.
Monongahela River (Allegheny River): Angling pressure was light, but the catfish count was high. Good bass and walleye fishing was reported near Braddock. While fishing off Point State Park at about 10 p.m. Sunday, his 43rd birthday, Frank McCormick of McKees Rocks boated a channel cat estimated to weigh over 10 pounds. The fish took a 6-inch cut bait fished on 10-pound test line. See it at www.post-gazette.com/fishphotos.
Youghiogheny River (Allegheny County): With off-and-on weather, few anglers were on the water. Those who fished generally found quantity over quality with lots of smallish bass caught, particularly along the less cloudy edges.
Spring Creek (Centre County): Sunday's spike in flow had largely receded, and water was high but clear and fishable at about 60 degrees. The trico hatch (size 22-28) was starting but inconsistent and evening rises of cahills and caddis (14-16) provided top-water action, but Pheasant Tail and Brown Zebra Midge nymphs (14-18) were most effective
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