District Fishing Report: 11.16.12

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Lake Erie tributaries (Erie County): It took a good 15 to 20 minutes for Sarah Crawford of West Mifflin to land a 37 3/4-inch, 14-pound 12-ounce king salmon caught on 8-pound test Nov. 4 at the Walnut Creek Access Area. The big chinook took a pink egg sack around dusk. The state's king salmon stocking program ended in 1995. Midweek steelheaders saw lots of action on Elk Creek and near the mouth of Walnut -- both streams were stained and flowing well. Fish were active below the Route 5 bridge on Twentymile, but most waters east of the peninsula remained low and clear. No precipitation predicted in the foreseeable future.

Shenango Reservoir (Mercer County): Historically low water was mostly restored by Hurricane Sandy. Water returned to the bays and bass were expected to be found in deeper waters.

Beaver River (Beaver County): In the wake of the late-October storm, water dropped to fishable levels. A slow bite was reported near Townsend Dam.

Ohio River (Beaver County): Storm levels drained and the river was again fishable.

Raccoon Lake (Beaver County): A few anglers had the lake to themselves last weekend and limited out on trout near the boat launches. Maggots and paste baits were hot. The state stocked rainbows in early October. Big bluegills were caught on worms near the dam.

Keystone Lake (Armstrong County): Despite the big storm waters remained down 6-8 feet, but nice catches of bass and crappies were reported.

Yellow Creek Lake (Indiana County): Crappies were plentiful but size was small as the lake returned to full capacity following the recent storm. Anglers reported catching northerns, bass and bluegills.

Cummings Reservoir (Indiana County): In the weeks since the Oct. 2 state stocking of rainbows, trout anglers did well using crawlers and wax worms. Catches of bass, crappies and perch were also reported.

North Park Lake (Allegheny County): The state stocked rainbow trout Nov. 14. Excessive growth of algae and other vegetation left much of the boathouse bay largely unfishable.

Monongahela River (Allegheny County): Lance Mroz of Homestead landed a flathead in the 40-inch range using an ultra-light rod and 6-pound test line.

Little Juniata River (Huntingdon County): A midweek spike in flow was dropping by Nov. 15, creating very good fall trout conditions with clear water in the low 50s. Anglers hooked up with caddis (size 16-18), Blue-winged Olives (20-220 and streamers fished at the shoreline.

Spring Creek (Centre County): Running slightly high with temperatures in the low 50s, the creek fished well with caddis (16-18) and Blue-winged Olives (20-22).

Report your catch and send hi-res digital photos to 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. huntingfishing


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