District Fishing Report: 3.28.14

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See state trout stocking schedules for Southwest Pennsylvania counties at the PG Rod & Gun Club blog.

Lake Erie and tributaries (Erie County): Erie channel was open as ice began to break up on Presque Isle Bay. Last week’s Elk Creek ice jam, which posed a danger to downstream anglers, melted away within a couple of days. Pressure was light, but good steelhead fishing was reported on Elk Creek. The mile creeks were open, but large amounts of bank ice remained in some areas.

Conneaut Lake (Crawford County): Nearing the end of a very good ice-fishing season, shore ice had begun to deteriorate. Caution on the ice was advised.

Lake Wilhelm (Mercer County): Good crappie fishing was reported near the outflow.

Bradys Run Lake (Beaver County): With ice receding near the shore, a few anglers took advantage of the lake’s Approved Trout Waters Open To Year-Round Fishing status permitting catch-and-release trout fishing.

North Park Lake (Allegheny County): Ice had begun breaking up and shore anglers had started fishing this Approved Trout Waters Open To Year-Round Fishing lake. Waters were open near the boat house and above the low-level dam near the tennis courts. Good-size brown trout, holdovers from a 2013 stocking, aggressively attacked spinners and other moving baits fished from shore. Construction equipment was used to punch holes in the ice to accommodate a March 27 state stocking of several thousand rainbow trout. Angling pressure was expected to pick up this weekend.

Laurel Hill Creek (Somerset County): Fly anglers reported good catches in both Delayed Harvest Artificial Lures Only sections.

Clear Shade Creek (Somerset County): Fly anglers caught brookies in the Catch and Release Fly Fishing Only section.

Report your catch and submit your fish photos 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angler’s name, age (for children), place of residence, species, size, body of water, date of catch, phone number (not for publication) and optional details.

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