Lake Erie: Recent rainfall gave a much-needed boost to steelhead streams, which had good flow and color midweek. Although Walnut Creek drew its usual crowds earlier this week, pressure was low elsewhere. Catch rates were very low Tuesday. Robert Probst Jr., 11, caught a 27-inch, 7-pound, 8-ounce steelhead on a Clown jig with maggot on Walnut Creek last month. Anglers in Presque Isle Bay weren't seeing many steelhead, but they were catching perch off the piers. Ralph E. Vandevender of Kerens, W.Va., caught a 13-pound, 8-ounce lake trout on an Emerald shiner-baited perch rig off Erie's north pier in mid-November.
Allegheny River (Warren County): Walleyes were reported from the tailwaters of the Kinzua Dam on down.
Lake Wilhelm (Mercer County): Fishing pressure was extremely low midweek. Sheakleyville Bridge and the boat docks were yielding bluegills and crappies.
Shenango Reservoir (Mercer County): Crappies were hitting close to shore as well as in deeper water. The river below the dam was producing walleyes and hybrid striped bass.
Neshannock Creek (Mercer County): Fair to good fishing was reported amid very light angling pressure. Hatches includes a few midges and small Blue-Winged Olives.
Pymatuning Reservoir (Crawford County): Two boaters reported catching eight walleyes, 17 to 26 inches, jigging Sonars in 15 feet or where walleyes were chasing baitfish. A few anglers were catching crappies off the docks in the marina. Perch also were reported but were running small.
Conneaut Lake (Crawford County): Numbers of northern pike and bluegills were reported from the docks at Fireman's Beach.
Lake Arthur (Butler County): A couple of anglers were catching crappies in about 10 feet of water around brush piles in the eastern bays, such as Muddy Creek, Shannon Run and Swamp Run. The same area also was yielding perch, including some 8- to 10-inchers in water as shallow as 3 feet.
Allegheny River: The walleye bite turned on with several fish from 8- to 11-plus pounds taken, mostly on Rapalas and creek chubs at Highland Park and Locks and Dams 3 and 4. The largest was an 11-pound, 2-ounce walleye released on a creek chub Sunday night at Highland Park by Lawrence Karam of Morningside. Smallmouth bass also were caught in recent days. Howard Wagner of Fombell caught a muskie around Templeton last weekend.
Pine Creek (Allegheny County): Carl Sholtz of Shaler released two trout, one brown and one rainbow, on waxworms downstream of the Delayed Harvest Artificial Lures Only section earlier this week. The fish were believed to be 12- and 13-inch holdovers from a spring stocking.
Ohio River: Smaller walleyes were reported this week at Dashields Dam.
Monongahela River: Walleyes, 18 to 21 inches, were reported this week.
Youghiogheny River: Good conditions on the river and tributaries such as Meadow Run were reported midweek, and anglers were catching fall-stocked trout and a few larger spring holdovers. Tom Shockey of Chalk Hill released trout up to 14 inches on Stonefly nymphs on the river. One angler last week caught a 2-plus-pound smallmouth bass.
Donegal, Twin lakes (Westmoreland County): Trout were in both lakes, and anglers were doing well on scented baits.
Spring Creek (Centre County): Very good conditions were reported in recent days with flow running average for this time of year. A few midges, Blue-Winged Olives (20, 22), and craneflies were hatching. Trout were not rising much, making nymphing with small flies (18-22) and throwing medium-size streamers the better bets. Anglers were urged to avoid gravelly spawning areas because all eggs haven't hatched and, in some places, a few fish were still on redds.
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