District Fishing Report: 9.14.12

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Lake Erie, tributaries (Erie County): After recent rains a few steelheads were noticed near the mouth of Walnut Creek, and dozens were seen in Crooked Creek, but no catches were reported. Most creeks remained low and clear. Walleyes were active at 55 to 65 feet out of Walnut, and perch were caught near 55 feet out of East Avenue.

Lake Wilhelm (Mercer County): Few anglers on the water, catches of some panfish and a bullhead were reported.

French Creek (Venango County): Tuesday a fisherman wading wet at the juncture of French Creek and the Allegheny River at Riverfront Park in Franklin was attacked by a river otter. He had six bites and scratches and sought medical attention. The animal was not found, and there was no word on its possible rabidity.

Neshannock Creek (Lawrence County): Low and clear, but one angler reported getting nice strikes on terrestrials.

Raccoon Creek (Beaver County): The bass bite slowed, but some hand-size panfish were caught near the boat rental bay.

North Park Lake (Allegheny County): Children caught panfish on red worms near structure at the dam and near Pearce Mill Road.

Deer Creek (Allegheny County): A late-season state stocking of rainbow trout is scheduled for Oct. 1 in the Delayed Stocking Artificial Lures Only section.

Loyalhanna Lake (Westmoreland County): A few catches reported of bass under 13 inches and crappies under 9 inches.

Loyalhanna Creek (Westmoreland County): After recent rains, several nice trout were caught in the Delayed Harvest Artificial Lures Only section, where a late-season stocking of rainbows is scheduled for Oct. 3.

Cross Creek Lake (Washington County): Angling pressure slowed predictably for this time of year, but bluegills suspended at 12 feet went for jigs and maggots and small crappies went for 1-inch plastic minnows. Five largmouths under 15 inches were caught on black and pumpkinseed plastic worms.

Little Juniata (Huntingdon County): Slightly low flow for early autumn, but the creek was cooling and light hatches were reported of caddis, slate drakes and blue quills.

West Virginia: An unusually aggressive black bear was reported in Monongahela National Forest near Summersville, about 200 miles south of Pittsburgh. The U.S. Department of Agriculture described its as 'a large bear that doesn't have a lot of fear of people. There is also a mother bear and cubs roaming around Summit Lake Campground.' W.Va. Division of Natural Resources and Forest Service Law Enforcement were working to alleviate the problem.

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