Several bowfin, an odd-looking ancient predator, were recently caught at Pymatuning Reservoir, Conneaut Lake and Lake Wilhelm. Native to Lake Erie???s Presque Isle Bay and scattered locations in the Ohio, Delaware and Susquehanna river watersheds, bowfin are not stocked by the state and considered a candidate species for threatened status in Pennsylvania. The lakes in which they were caught are already struggling with invasive species ??? unauthorized stocking by amateurs is likely to further harm the lakes??? fisheries. See a 30-inch bowfin caught in Pymatuning Reservoir at www.post-gazette.com/fishphotos. Lake Erie and tributaries (Erie County): Steelhead season officially arrived with fresh fish moving up most of the major Lake Erie tributaries. The mouth of Twentymile Creek was blocked, but chromers were observed Tuesday on Sixteeenmile at Route 5 and Twelvemile above the first falls. Anglers caught a few steelhead at Walnut Creek, where fish were reported above the Manchester Pool (see the photo at www.post-gazette.com/fishphotos). Steelhead had traveled miles up Elk Creek, but had not passed Folly???s End. The tribs were low and clear, but rain was predicted over Erie today and tomorrow. In the lake, lots of silver bullets were staging off the mouths, with fish caught Tuesday on flies or spinners off Twentymile and Sixteenmile. Perch were caught off Walnut in 55-60 feet. The state Fish and Boat Commission reported walleye at 100 feet out of North East. Lake Arthur (Butler County): Channel cats took crawlers off the bottom at night, and perch went for jigs and Twister tails under bobbers. Youghigheny River (Fayette, Somerset counties): The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers partially closed the Youghiogheny Dam outflow gates, which had been open to relieve the swollen reservoir. In the reduced current, trout were active at the outflow. Anglers reported catching five smallmouths on streamers near Dawson, where waters were clear and cooling. Youghiogheny River Lake (Somerset County): Walleye were scarce, but anglers caught smallmouths, northerns and channel cats. All lake accesses were open. High Point Lake (Somerset County): Catches of northern pike, chain pickerel and largemouth Bass were reported. Little Juniata River (Huntingdon County): Low and clear, with temperatures in the high 60s. Current hatches include Blue-Wing Olives (hook size 18-20), midges (20-24), Tan Caddis (14-16) and Slate Drake (12-14). Spring Creek (Centre County): Normal low late-summer flow with water temperatures in the low to mid-60s. Trout were caught in deep cool pools on Pheasant Tails and other nymph patterns. Report your catch at email@example.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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