District Fishing report: 10.25.13

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Lake Erie and tributaries: Following nearly a week of intermittent rains and no blow-out alerts since Sunday, the Erie tribs were slightly high with a little stain and considered “nearly perfect.” Good steelhead action was reported at the mouth of Elk Creek up to around 10 a.m. with one 30 incher reported, and fish were moving through the Streuchen Flats upstream from Folly’s Landing. Lots of chrome caught at Walnut Creek from the wall to above the Manchester Pool. East of the peninsula, anglers reported good fishing at Sixteenmile Creek and near the mouth of Twentymile.

French Creek (Mercer, Venango counties): Last week, muskies 35 and 40 inches were caught on top-water lures. Walleye, smallmouths, largemouths and crappies were caught, but the bite was light.

Shenango Reservoir (Mercer County): Crappies were caught from shore, and catfish were taken throughout the lake.

Lake Arthur (Butler County): Light fishing pressure led to a light catch. A few anglers had the lake to themselves.

Raccoon Lake (Beaver County): Trout were caught on paste baits and worms from shore near the boat launch.

Monongahela River (Allegheny County): This week, Stephen Shea of Munhall released a 37-inch flathead and several smaller catfish caught on stinkbaits.

Quemahoning Reservoir (Somerset County): While some nice smallmouths were taken, the lake has been is drawn down about 6 feet for bridge replacement that caused the closure of a road.

Youghiogheny River Lake (Somerset County): Channel cats and smallmouths were reported, but no walleye.

High Point Lake (Somerset County): Good fishing reported with catches of largemouths, northerns, chain pickerel, bluegill and yellow perch. Live bait and tube baits were effective.

Deep Creek Lake (Maryland): On four consecutive days, Jeff Russell of Mars and his daughter Megan, 13, found morning magic in Maryland averaging 10 fish per hour per person in the early morning. The catch included northerns (biggest 30 inches): , Megan’s 3-pound smallmouth caught on a shiner, jumbo perch, walleye, rock bass and smallmouths.

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angler’s name, age (for children), place of residence, species, size, body of water, date of catch, phone number (not for publication) and optional details.

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