District Fishing Report: 10.11.13

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Lake Erie and tributaries (Erie County): On Elk Creek, steelhead had moved beyond the Legion Hole and were approaching I-90. Waters throughout the region were low and clear, and many were covered in fallen leaves. Fish were stacked up in pools, with the best fishing around dawn and dusk. Shore anglers caught fresh steelhead off the mouths. Crappies were extremely active in the deeper areas of Presque Isle Bay. In the lake, jumbo perch up to 30 inches were reported at 45 feet north of the Point, and walleye were suspended around 60 feet in 70-foot waters. A low chance of rain was predicted for the Erie area Sunday.

Pymatuning Reservoir (Crawford County): Anglers took perch near the causeway, and a few walleye including a 29-incher were reported in 12-14 feet.

Conneaut Lake (Crawford County): Anglers reported catching small northerns, largemouths and smallmouths.

Lake Wilhelm (Mercer County): Big, fat largemouths were caught in recent weeks. A recent tournament turned up a 4 3/4-pound lunker.

French Creek (Crawford, Venango counties): Walleye, smallmouths and muskies took jerkbaits and live bait.

Raccoon Lake (Beaver County): Rainbow trout stocked Oct. 2 by the state Fish and Boat Commission provided action for anglers. By boat, fish were caught while trolling spinners; shore anglers used maggots or paste baits.

Ohio and Beaver rivers (Beaver County): Big flatheads were caught using live bluegills.

Allegheny River (Armstrong County): Fish and Boat reported a 51-inch flathead was caught near Kittanning.

Pine Creek (Allegheny County): Wooly Buggers and terrestrials were hot in the Delayed Harvest Artificial Lures Only Area, which was stocked by the state with rainbows Oct. 3.

Deer Creek (Allegheny County): Rainbows were stocked by the state Oct. 3 in the Delayed Harvest Artificial Lures Only stretch from the Rte. 910 bridge to a point downstream from the Rose Ridge Golf Course.

Donegal Lake (Westmoreland County): A state stocking of rainbow trout planned for Oct. 8 was postponed for Oct. 24. Meets 11:45 a.m. at the Loyalhanna Watershed Association office on old Rte. 30 in Ligionier.

Indian Lake, Mammoth Lake (Westmoreland County): Rainbow trout were stocked by the state Oct. 1.

Keystone Lake (Westmoreland County): Casting live bait from shore, anglers caught rainbow trout stocked by the state Oct. 2.

Northmoreland Lake (Westmoreland County): The state stocked rainbows Oct. 2.

Twin Lakes (Westmoreland County): Upper and lower lakes were stocked by the state with rainbows Oct. 3.

Canonsburg Lake (Washington County): Taking advantage of warm autumn weather, anglers used paste baits and live minnows to catch rainbow trout stocked by the state Oct. 2.

Dutch Fork Lake (Washington County): The state stocked rainbows Oct. 4.

Bald Eagle Creek (Centre County): Flies and spinnners were the hot baits for trout downstream from Milesburg. Upstream, spinners were effective for smallmouths.

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.


First Published October 10, 2013 8:00 PM


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