District Fishing Report: 8.30.13

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Lake Erie (Erie County): Many bass and panfish were caught in Presque Isle Bay. A 22-inch smallmouth was taken near the south pier. In the lake, the yellow perch bite was hot at 45-60 feet out of Walnut Creek and off the light house, the condos, Gull Point and Elk Creek. Walleye were suspended at 60-70 feet with limits reported beyond the second trench. On Aug. 22, under the guidance of Outcast charter Captain Jason Whitman, Bob and Nick Meston of Bridgeville and Jim Meston of Hickory, Pa., caught a 9-pound walleye, two in excess of 8 pounds, several smaller walleye and many steelhead. See the catch at www.post-gazette.com/fishphotos.

Pymatuning Lake (Crawford County): Anglers reported good-size walleye taken at night, and fewer caught in daylight on crawler harnesses. Nice smallmouths were found on humps. Shore anglers reported channel cats taken with stink baits, and panfish were caught on live bait.

Conneaut Lake (Crawford County): A slow bite was reported for most species, but some largemouths were pulled from weed beds and shore anglers took bluegills on red worms.

French Creek (Crawford, Mercer, Venango counties): Lots of smallmouth catches in the 10-13 inch range reported, but few of larger size. Most were taken in deep, cool pools on live bait.

Allegheny River (Venango County): Normal summer water conditions resulted in exceptional clarity and impressive smallmouth catches, particularly near Oil City where crayfish jigs or live minnows were hot.

Keystone Lake (Armstrong County): The state stocked 4,750 tiger musky fingerlings Aug. 23.

Allegheny River (Armstrong County): Smallmouths of 12-16 inches were reported. Anglers reported working hard for bigger fish.

Glendale Lake (Cambria County): Trolling resulted in nice walleye catches.

Monongahela River (Allegheny County): Big flatheads were taken on live bluegills near the Glenwood Bridge. Fishing instructor Karen Gainey will host Drop a Line at the Point, a free workshop 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sept. 7 at Point State Park, Downtown. Details: 412-471-0235.

North Park Lake (Allegheny County): Good weather brought back the crowds, and many bluegills were taken from shore. A few rainbows were found in deep, cool water. Bass responded to spinners and crankbaits, and an 18-inch catfish was caught on a nightcrawler.

Cross Creek Lake (Washington County): While trolling with a Roadrunner jig and crawler just off the dock in about 20 feet, John Provident of McMurray caught a fat 24-inch walleye weighing about 4 pounds. Fishing was generally slow, but big crappies 8 to 14 inches were suspended at 15 to 40 feet, and bluegills took maggot-tipped jigs.

Dutch Fork Lake (Washington County): The state Fish and Boat Commission will hold a free Family Fishing workshop 1-5 p.m. Sept. 8. Details 814-443-9841.

Laurel Hill Creek (Somerset County): On Aug. 17 Gannon Holleran of North Huntingdon released at 26-inch, 4 1/2-pound rainbow trout, caught on a crawler.

Youghiogheny River (Somerset County): A state stocking of rainbow trout was planned for today in the tailrace. Trucks meet at 10 a.m. at the Youghiogheny Dam Park office.

Spring Creek (Centre County): Water conditions were excellent and trout were caught on all stretches of the creek. Small nymphs and caddis were hot, tricos were spotty. Many trout took terrestrials cast under low-hanging branches.

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