District Fishing Report: 9.13.13

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Lake Erie and tributaries (Erie County): Wind and waves kept anglers off the lake through much of the week. With water around 73 degrees, walleye out of North East had moved to about 100 feet; those west of Presque Isle were reported about 60 feet moving west toward the Ohio line. Perch were at 50-60 feet off Greenfield, Freeport and Gull Point. Creek waters remained too warm for the season's first steelhead runs, but chromers and brown trout were spotted mornings at the big creek mouths east of the peninsula. Several steelhead were caught in the Walnut Creek channel on a red and silver Blue Fox spinner. Showers predicted for today and next week could drop stream temperatures.

Pymatuning Lake (Crawford County): Angling pressure was low, but channel cats were active all over the lake. Michelle Masley recently caught a 30-inch bowfin near Wilson's Launch. See it at www.post-gazette.com/fishphotos. Sometimes called a "living fossil" because of its odd physiology, the bowfin is the last living relative of a freshwater fish common 150 million years ago in what would become eastern North America. Bowfins have never been stocked anywhere by the state Fish and Boat Commission. Considered a Pennsylvania a candidate species for endangered status, it is recommended that bowfin catches be released.

Conneaut Lake (Crawford County): Bluegills holding at 15 feet on humps near weed beds took jigs and split-tail grubs. Topwater catches of largemouths, smallmouths and sub-legal northerns were reported.

Lake Wilhelm (Mercer County): The state Fish and Boat Commission will hold a free Family Fishing program 4-7 p.m. Sept. 15 at the Goddard State Park marina. Registration: 814-683-5126. Friends of Goddard is seeking volunteers for a shoreline clean-up day Sept. 28 to remove angler trash. Details at 724-253-4833, www.friendsofgoddard.com.

French Creek (Mercer, Crawford counties): High flow from recent rains triggered a smallmouth bite on live minnows. Walleye took live bait and Shad Raps.

Allegheny River (Venango County): Within about 30 minutes Sept. 8, Dylan Miller of the North Hills caught three smallmouths over 18 inches while standing in the same spot. Smaller fish were caught, too. Most took a 6-inch floating jointed Rapala. See the fish at www.post-gazette.com/fishphotos.

Lake Arthur (Butler County): The bite slowed during the heat of recent days, but Steve Olwine of Johnstown released a 34-inch muskellunge caught while trolling a Rapala Flat Rap.

Neshannock Creek (Lawrence County): The creek was swollen and cloudy from much needed rains.

Keystone Lake (Armstrong County): Several muskies were caught including a 53-incher. Walleye had slowed, but several nice smallmouths were reported, the largest was 24 inches, 4 pounds.

Yellow Creek Lake (Indiana County): Shore anglers landed several northern pike, some nice crappies were reported and channel cats were caught at dusk. Marina boat rental will be limited through September from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Ohio, Monongahela rivers (Allegheny County): Flatheads including one exceeding 35 inches were taken at night on cut bait.

Loyalhanna Creek (Westmoreland County): Smallmouths were active near Rte. 982, taking weighted streamers tied on a No. 6 hook.

Spring Creek (Centre County): Flow spiked Thursday, but the water remained relatively clear. Fly anglers should stick to the top and bottom with terrestrials and nymphs.

Report your catch at fishingreport@post-gazette.com. Include angler's name, age (for children), place of residence, species, size, body of water, date of catch, phone number (not for publication) and optional details. Self-publish your fish photos, and rate those of readers, on the Post-Gazette's website: www.post-gazette.com/fishphotos.



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