District Fishing Report: 7.12.13

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Lake Erie (Erie County): Frequent storms churned up the water late in the week. Many anglers stayed at home. Walleye were at around 70 feet, perch were at about 50 feet. Some nice smallmouths were released out of North East

Pymatuning Reservoir (Crawford County): Don Peterson of Franklin released five nice size walleyes caught trolling worm harnesses over recently placed structure. The state Fish and Boat Commission reported more walleyes were caught south of the causeway, but many were sub-legal. Crappies remained active in northern bays.

Conneaut Lake (Crawford County): Fish and Boat expressed a new level of concern about the population spike of invasive zebra mussels in the 925-acre lake and its outflow, most likely brought by unsuspecting boaters who did not clean their hulls and trailers after leaving other waters. The prolific mussels siphon off zooplankton at levels that impact the food supplies of native mussels and the fry of many fish species.

Allegheny River (Venango County): David Dietz of Coraopolis caught a 22-inch, 2-pound walleye on a small white Rat-L-Trap fished on 6-pound line with a light-action Shakespeare rod.

Shenango River (Lawrence County): New boating access for canoes, kayaks and small motorboats was opened near Kings Chapel Road, about four miles upstream from New Castle. The launch opens an under-fished section of the river holding walleye, smallmouths and northerns.

Piney Dam (Clairon County): Channel cats were caught at night from shore, and anglers trolling off the shorelines at dusk and dawn picked up bass, walleye and yellow perch.

Lake Arthur (Butler County): The hybrid striped bass runs have largely passed, but some were caught using alewives fished from boats.

Keystone Lake (Armstrong County): Stormy weather chased most anglers off the water, but a 50-inch muskellunge was caught during a heavy rain. Walleye were active, big bass were released and anglers continued to catch crappies and yellow perch.

Yellow Creek Lake (Indiana County): Nice bass up to 4 pounds were caught, as well as northerns, crappies and walleye in the 20-inch range.

Little Mahoning Creek (Indiana County): Waters were mostly high and cloudy, but between rains fly anglers reported nice mayfly and caddis hatches.

Allegheny River, Carnegie Lake (Allegheny County): On Independence Day, Michael Kirshenbaum of Squirrel Hill caught a bullhead on a crawler at Highland Park's Carnegie Lake. On Tuesday, fishing in the Allegheny near The Point using french fries as bait, he landed two carp measuring 20 inches and 26 inches, a 24-inch smallmouth buffalo and a 24-inch channel cat.

Squaw Valley Park (Allegheny County): Rachel Zacharias, 12, of Shaler caught a 15-inch catfish on a doughball while fishing with her dad.

Cross Creek Lake (Washington County): Unlike many shallow regional lakes, Cross Creek holds a lot of water and although it was high the lake remained clear and fishable through recent storms. Crappies were suspended off points at about 18 feet and took minnow-tipped jigs. Bluegills were at 8 to 13 feet.

Spring Creek (Centre County): Like most of Centre County's limestone streams, the creek was high and cloudy late into the week.

Raystown Lake (Huntingdon County): Anglers continued to pick up stripers a night, particularly on the northern side using surface and subsurface lures.

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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