District Fishing Report: 12.13.13

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Lake Erie tributaries (Erie County): Flow was low at Walnut and Elk creeks. Walnut remained free of ice at the Access Area and fresh steelhead were reported near the mouth. Open water was reported at the Elk Creek Access Area, and with no slush on upper Elk fish were holding in deeper pools and going for nymphs and single egg patterns. Skim ice was reported east of the peninsula, but Sixteenmile Creek was open and good fishing was reported on Twentymile Creek. A state stocking of brown trout is planned for Tuesday at the East Basin Pond, West Basin Pond and Upper Gravel Pit; rainbows will be stocked at Lake Pleasant. Temperatures were expected to hover around 30 degrees with a good chance of snow shows Saturday throughout the Erie area.

Canadohta Lake (Crawford County): A report from a spring study by the state Fish and Boat Commission, released last week, recorded muskellunge ranging from 25 to 40 inches and up to 18 pounds. Largemouth bass stretched to 16 inches, one smallmouth measured 17 inches, and walleye reached 24 inches. The study recommended fishing along weed beds and shorelines during early morning and late evening hours using artificial baits resembling a yellow perch. A drawdown is currently underway.

Tionesta Lake (Forest County): In a recently released spring survey of the 480-acre U.S. Army Corps of Engineers-managed lake, Fish and Boat charted muskies ranging from 30 to 46 inches and weighing 8 1/2 to 29 1/2 inches. A growing population of hand-sized white and black crappies was recorded, as well as a dense population of smallmouths, most measuring less than 12 inches.

Justus Lake (Venango County): The state plans to stock rainbow trout on Wednesday.

Piney Dam (Clarion County): Good numbers of walleye and perch were caught.

Clarion River (Clarion County): Upper Clarion River: Smallmouths and walleye are taken from the Mill Creek Access Area to the Gravel Lick bridge.

Allegheny River (Clarion County): Anglers reported good bass and walleye catches, but fewer encounters with muskies and northerns.

Lake Arthur (Butler County): Few anglers were on the water. Fish and Boat suggested that nice catfish could be found near the bottom, and sizeable muskies were cruising the bays’ shrinking weed beds.

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