District Fishing Report: 8.16.13

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Lake Erie (Erie County): Perch were at 55 feet off The Point. One party of 34 boated 900 during a few hours of fishing. Walleye were taken in 65-70 feet Aug. 9, but by Monday many had moved to shallower waters. Despite being chased off the water by threats of lightening, Ron Milavec of Upper St. Clair boated a 28-inch walleye weighing 8 pounds, 3 ounces with 171?2-inch girth. The fish took a homemade worm harness trolled in 54 feet north of Walnut Creek. See the catch at www.post-gazette.com/fishphotos.

Woodcock Creek Lake (Crawford County): Mitchell Hills, 11, of Churchill, caught his second musky Aug. 10 - a 381?2-incher that took a trolled Tuff Shad crankbait. His brother Sean Hills caught his first fish, a 10-inch bass, at the Meadville KOA campground. See both catches at www.post-gazette.com/fishphotos.

Lake Wilhelm (Venango County): Angling pressure was low and catches were generally small. Goddard State Park will have a public meeting on the status of the lake's fishery at 7 p.m. Aug. 24 at McKeever Environmental Learning Center Auditorium, Sandy Lake. Details 724-253-4833.

Clarion River (Clairon County): Smallmouths took top water lures and soft plastics.

French Creek (Crawford): The state Fish and Boat Commission reported walleyes and smallmouths caught near Meadville and Saegertown.

Lake Arthur (Butler County): Anglers reported a good walleye bite over humps and to the sides of submerged roadbeds. Worm harnesses were effective.

Glades Lake (Butler County): Nice catfish continue to be caught late at night, mostly on crawlers or chicken livers.

Allegheny River (Armstrong County): Anglers landed a good number of channel cats.

Deer Lakes (Allegheny County): See Brad Haizlett of West Deer holding up a nice golden rainbow at www.post-gazette.com/fishphotos.

Allegheny River (Allegheny County): Jennifer Shook of West Deer caught a sizeable walleye on a live minnow near Harmarville. See the photo at www.post-gazette.com/fishphotos.

Monongahela River (Allegheny County): Eric Escajeda, 18, from Baldwin-Whitehall, cleaned up on catfish near The Waterfront. His best catches were a 34-inch flathead and a 32-inch channel cat. He also landed a 24-inch gar. See the photos at www.post-gazette.com/fishphotos.

Quemahoning Reservoir (Somerset County): Fish and Boat reported but could not confirm that a 31-inch brown trout was caught. Anglers landed largemouths, smallmouths, bluegills and brown bullheads.

Lake Somerset (Somerset County): The lake remains drawn down 7 feet, impeding the launching of boats. Some nice channel cats were caught.

Youghiogheny River Lake (Somerset County): Due to the wet, cool summer, pool level remained very high for this time of year. Fish and Boat reports shore anglers did well at Jockey Hollow Access Area.

Spring and Penns creeks (Centre County): With waters low, clear and in the mid-60s, trico and stonefly patterns were effective during evening hatches. Don't forget terrestrials.

Juniata River (Huntingdon County): Recent heavy rains resulted in high and muddy conditions. Anglers were advised to find clearer water on the Raystown Branch from the dam to the Fish and Boat Point Access. Smallmouths took soft plastics and live bait.

Raystown Lake (Huntingdon County): Stripers remained active on the north end of the lake and near the dam. Late at night, surface and submerged lures were effective. By day, anglers caught striped bass while trolling with live bait.

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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