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The Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission has awarded the new state record for golden rainbow trout to Eli Borger of Palmerton, Pa., for the 13-pound, 8-ounce specimen he caught on Mahoning Creek, Schuylkill County, on opening day of the southeastern area regional trout season in March. On another note, fishing pressure was low in many parts of western Pennsylvania in recent days because of wild weather and resultant power outages.

Lake Erie: Rough weather hampered perch fishing in recent days, but catches were coming in 55 to 60 feet straight out of Walnut Creek when conditions allowed. Walleye fishing slowed. Steelhead anglers were waiting for rain. A few steelhead were hitting at the lakefront, the mouths of the creeks and access areas in daybreak hours.

Allegheny River/Conewango Creek/Allegheny Reservoir (Warren County): Smallmouth bass 12 to 15 inches were hitting in the Allegheny below and in the Conewango recently. One angler released a 2-foot (sublegal) tiger muskie in the Allegheny last week. Smallmouths, some walleyes and a few perch were also reported in the reservoir, with the bite coming mostly deep.

Allegheny River (Venango County): Nasty weather early in the week slowed the bite Tuesday, although smallmouth bass were taking flukes and swimbaits. Most were still shallow in 68-degree water. Mike Kline of Franklin and Eric Hile of Oil City won the Allegheny River Bass Tournament and a $1,000 check Saturday with a five-fish total of 15 1/4 pounds. Dave Parisi and Dave Jones of Butler won the $100 lunker prize with a near 4-pound smallmouth. In all, 115 smallmouth bass were weighed. The average weight per bass was just over 2 pounds, down about 1/3 pound each from the fall tournament last year.

Pymatuning Reservoir (Crawford County): Local anglers were catching walleyes on the drop-offs in 14 to 18 feet, and crappies in shallower water. Water was in the low 70s Wednesday.

Keystone Dam (Armstrong County: A few largemouth bass were reported on drop-shot rigs along weed lines. Water was about 7 feet below normal and 72 degrees Wednesday.

Kiskimenitas River (Armstrong County): The Kiski River Fishing Tournament is slated for tomorrow from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. along three miles of bank at Roaring Run Trail. Wading is permitted, but no boats. Adults pay $10; kids 16 and under $5. For more, call 724-478-1233 or 724-478-3366.

Lake Wilhelm (Mercer County): Lots of largemouth bass were biting this week, with catches up to 18 inches reported. Topwater presentations were effective along weedbeds.

Shenango Reservoir (Mercer County): Good crappie fishing continued this week, although pressure was light. Water temperatures were dropping and fish were moving shallower, with nice catches coming in 5 to 6 feet in the bays, especially where cold springs fed the lake. A few northern pike were reported in the lake and in the river below the dam. Carol Dambach of Butler caught a 29-pound, 40-inch flathead in the river last Friday.

Neshannock Creek (Mercer County): Cold water and good levels prevailed yesterday, although a dry forecast means flow could drop. Neshannock Creek Trout Unlimited planned to stock 300 rainbow trout last night or today, and there are a number of holdovers. Streamer-fishing should pick up, and egg patterns and San Juan worms should work until fish adjust to the stream. For more, visit www.ncflyshop.com.

Lake Arthur (Butler County): Largemouth bass up to 18 and 20 inches were released around weed beds this week, although pressure was low. Crappies and a few walleyes also were reported.

Allegheny River: Large hybrid striped bass, smallmouths, catfish and a few skipjack herring and walleyes were reported in recent days. The Venture Outdoors Downtown TriAnglers caught just seven fish off the North Shore Wednesday, including Tom Lippert's 23 1/2-inch channel catfish, and Ella Lippick's 15-inch freshwater drum.

Ohio River: Smallmouth bass, catfish, carp and some small saugers were reported by shore anglers at the mouth of Montour Run in good conditions Wednesday.

Youghiogheny River (Fayette County): Smallmouth bass were reported this week.

Spring Creek (Centre County): Flow was normal yesterday, and the hatches of recent weeks continued, including tricos in the mornings and occasional tan, olive and dun-color Caddis (16-18) and small Blue-Winged Olives (22-24). Ants and beetles remained productive along with Green Weenies, scuds, cressbugs, Pheasant Tails and Hare's Ears.

Sparrow Lake (Port Severn, Ontario): Rick Canello of Greentree released a 54-inch, 41-pound muskie Sept. 12.

Report your catch to fishingreport@post-gazette.com. Include angler's name, age (if he or she is a child), place of residence, species, size, body of water, date of catch and phone number (not for publication). Publish your digital at Post Your Catch, www.post-gazette.com/sports/huntingfishing.



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