District Fishing Report: 11.1.13

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Today through April 30, all boaters are required to wear a life jacket while underway or at anchor on boats less than 16 feet in length or on any canoe or kayak. The requirement applies to all Pennsylvania waters.

Lake Erie and tributaries (Erie County): With good flow from recent rains, steelhead anglers continued to do well, particularly on the bigger waters of Elk, Conneaut, Walnut and Crooked creeks. Many fish were concentrated north of Route 5, but so were the anglers. Chromers were working their way upstream on most waters. A light rain was expected Saturday throughout the Erie region. The Walnut Creek Marina basin will open for fishing at noon Nov. 7. Boats have the right of way — anglers must reel in to make way for boats entering or exiting the Walnut Creek channel or the marina area. Joe McCluskey of Cheswick and a friend had a phenomenal day on the lake Tuesday, releasing about 30 smallmouth found in 20 feet about 2 miles out of Presque Isle near The Cribs. All were taken by vertical jigging.

Allegheny River (Venango County): Nearly 100 fish were weighed Oct. 13 in the annual catch-and-release Allegheny River Bass Fishing Tournament at the Oil City Marina. Total weight was 227.82 pounds, with an average weight of 2.3 pounds per fish.

French Creek (Venango County): With good flow and warm weather, angling pressure was up with reports of walleye taken on hellgrammites and occasional catches of northerns.

Beaver River (Lawrence County): Fish and Boat stocked 400 fingerling channel catfish Oct. 4.

Allegheny River (Armstrong County): Nice walleye in the 20- to 30-inch range were caught near Kelly Station and Braeburn, and big flatheads were reported.

North Park Lake (Allegheny County): A late-season stocking of rainbow trout by the state is scheduled for Nov. 14.

Deer Lakes (Allegheny County): In October, the state stocked hundreds of fingerling channel catfish (Upper Lake 150, Middle lake 150, Lower Lake 100).

Pine Creek (Allegheny County): Anglers reported releasing trout caught on nymphs in the Delayed Harvest Artificial Lures Only section.

Allegheny River (Allegheny, Westmoreland, Armstrong, Clarion counties): In two plantings in October the state Fish and Boat Commission stocked 1,800 fingerling muskies.

Youghiogheny River (Allegheny, Westmoreland, Fayette counties): On Oct. 17 the state stocked 1,900 fingerling muskellunge.

Twin Lakes (Westmoreland County): Fish and Boat stocked 1,200 fingerling channel catfish Oct. 9.

Dutch Fork Lake (Washington County): In October, the state stocked 1,800 fingerling channel cats.

Cross Creek Lake (Washington County): The state stocked 2,400 fingerling channel cats in October.

Canonsburg Lake (Washington County): In October, Fish and Boat stocked 750 fingerling channel cats.

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.

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