District Fishing Report: 5.17.13

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Lake Erie and tributaries (Erie County): The smallmouth run is on in the larger tribs, and charter captains reported good catches in out of North East and near the Hammermill stacks. Anglers are reminded to avoid fishing on redds, and of special Erie regulations: 20-inch minimum, daily limit 1 through June 14. In the bay, yellow perch and crappies were caught near the South Pier. With the lake at 48 degrees, lake trout were at 25-35 feet out of North East.

Pymatuning Reservoir (Crawford): The black and white crappie bite was light as a cold front and thunderstorms rolled through the region. Blacks were in prespawn mode in 6-8 feet. Water temperature was still a bit cold for the white spawn.

Conneaut Lake (Crawford): Intermittent crappie action.

French Creek (Crawford): Lots of muskellunge and northern pike were taken.

Lake Wilhelm (Mercer County): Some crappies reported, particularly near the causeway and Sheakleyville bridge.

Allegheny River (Venango County): Anglers reported a good smallmouth bite with lots of small fish and a few 3 to 4 pounders.

Justus Lake (Venango County): Heavy bluegill action in the shallows. Anglers are advised to avoid fishing on redds.

Raccoon Lake/Traverse Creek (Beaver County): May 10 the state stocked rainbow trout in the lake, browns and rainbows in the creek.

Bradys Run Lake/South Branch Bradys Run (Beaver County): May 7 the state stocked rainbows in the lake, browns and rainbows in creek below the lake.

Beaver River (Beaver County): Hybrids and white bass were caught on jerkbaits. Walleye, sauger, crappies and bluegills were active, particularly near dusk.

Ohio River (Beaver County): Walleyes in the 18-inch range were caught near Vanport.

Keystone Lake (Armstrong County): Water temperatures in the high 50s sparked a good smallmouth bite with some fish 5 to 6 pounds. The state Fish and Boat Commission reports a 40-inch muskie was taken, and the crappie action was slow.

Allegheny River (Armstrong County): Sub-legal walleyes were active, and anglers reported a steady smallmouth bite and big crappies.

Blue Spruce Lake (Indiana County): A Consol Energy-sponsored children's fishing derby will start at 9 a.m. May 25.

Yellow Creek Lake (Indiana County): As water temperatures touched the low 60s anglers caught northerns from boat and shore -- most in the 20-inch range. One 31 incher was reported. Crappies were on and off with some reaching 16 inches.

North Park Lake (Allegheny County): May 9 the state stocked rainbow trout.

Indian Lake (Westmoreland County): May 7 rainbows were stocked by the state.

Mammoth Lake (Westmoreland County): May 8 rainbows were stocked by the state.

Keystone Lake (Westmoreland County): May 10 rainbows were stocked by the state.

Northmoreland Lake (Westmoreland County): May 10 rainbows were stocked by the state.

Donegal Lake (Westmoreland County): May 11 rainbows were stocked by the state.

Mill Creek (Westmoreland County): Thursday rainbows were stocked by the state from upstream of Mill Road to the mouth.

Loyalhanna Creek (Westmoreland County): This week, the state stocked browns and rainbows from Two Mile Run Road to Monastery Run.

Cross Creek Lake (Washington County): Fishing Sunday near the boat dock, Sean Brown of East Liberty landed a 19-inch walleye caught on a blue-white Crappie Magnet. Brad Noon of Bridgeville brought a 22-inch largemouth to shore on a minnow in 4 feet. Crappies were on and off due to weather, and about 50 percent met the special 9-inch limit. Bluegills were starting to turn on, and some walleyes were taken on crawler harnesses. The Rte. 50 bridge is scheduled for repair -- anglers are advised to seek alternate routes to Cross Creek County Park.

Report your catch at 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. Self-publish your fish photos, and rate those of readers, on the Post-Gazette's website: www.post-gazette.com/fishphotos.

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