District Fishing Report: 8.17.12

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Lake Erie: Following last week's big blow, trolling calm waters north northwest of the point, Buckets Charters' B3 with Captain Josh limited out Tuesday and Wednesday boating 44 walleyes, two steelheads and a 10-pound coho. Members of the Roslonski family of the South Hills and Scottdale landed 30 walleyes out of Ashtabula, Ohio, aboard the Sturgeon General captained by Hank Cocain, Aug. 7. Many were in the 8- to 10-pound range, the largest was 31 inches.

Pymatuning Reservoir (Crawford County): Fishing was generally slow and water was low, but Steve Ererle of Butler landed about a dozen perch fishing from shore with live minnows.

French Creek (Crawford Count): Smallmouths were active at dusk near Cochranton, where one angler using crankbaits released four in the 15-inch range.

Lake Wilhelm (Mercer County): Fish and Boat and the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources will hold a Family Fishing Program at Goddard State Park 9 a.m.-noon Sept. 1. Tackle and bait provided, no fishing license required. Pre-register at 814-683-5126 .

Lake Arthur (Butler County): Despite slow fishing, a sublegal muskie was released near the Rte. 528 bridge.

Beaver River (Beaver County): Two flatheads in the 25-inch range were caught from shore about 11 p.m. Aug. 11 using live bluegills on 10-pound test line.

North Park Lake (Allegheny County): Aug. 11 Darcy Jenner, 10, of Monroeville caught her first fish, an 8-inch bluegill, using a red worm under a bobber in about 4 feet.

Allegheny River (Allegheny County): Using a rock bass and 10-pound test line, Michael Staudt, 23, of Lawrenceville landed a 38 1/2- inch flathead with 22-inch girth about 10 p.m. Aug. 14 near the Highland Park Dam.

Ohio River (Allegheny County): It took nearly 15 minutes for Andrew Cianflone, 5, of Upper St. Clair and grandfather Dave Foster of Brentwood to boat a 37 1/2-inch flathead catfish in the Ohio River near McKees Rocks Aug. 9. The final installment of this year's Chester Newell Sportsmen Club Ohio River Catfish Tournaments will be held 7 p.m. Aug. 17 to 7 a.m. Aug. 18. Details at 304-387-3982 .

Cross Creek Lake (Washington County): Water was down about 3 feet but had not impacted launching. Dog-day fishing was generally slow but one party boated 50 panfish and two 20-inch channel cats Aug. 12. Bluegills were suspended in 5 to 16 feet in coves and at 16 to 20 feet in deeper water, and crappies were hanging at 14 to 20 feet near deep structure.

Little Mahoning Creek (Indiana County): Despite low flow, several brown trout were released last weekend on terrestrials and a Wooly Bugger near Rochester Mills.

Spring Creek (Centre County): Recent rains increased flow above the mid-August average, and with temperatures in the mid-60s anglers used tricos in the morning, terrestrials throughout the day and Green Weenies.

Vacation catches: Carl Johnson of Pittsburgh boated a 40-inch tuna on a charter off Ocean City, Md., July 27. Derek Hathazy of Cranberry landed an 18-inch brown trout on a No. 14 beetle imitation on the Madison River in Montana last week. Shore fishing Aug. 10 in Tampa, Fla., Dan Heilchek of Uniontown landed a 3-foot sharpnose shark.

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