District Fishing Report: 3.7.14

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Lake Erie and tributaries (Erie County): The lake is nearly entirely covered in ice, part of a rare near-total ice over of the entire Great Lakes. In Presque Isle Bay at Misery Bay, ice was 18 to 19 inches and angler pressure was heavy. Steelhead were caught near the head of the bay, yellow perch of good size were caught in shallow waters. Small jigs were hot. Most tributaries were unfishable, but parts of Sixteenmile Creek were open. High temperatures were expected to be in the low 30s through the weekend.

Pymatuning Reservoir (Crawford County): Ice remained solid but angler success rates dropped during recent weeks.

Conneaut Lake (Crawford County): Nice bluegills were caught through solid ice. Live minnows and maggot-tipped jigs were hot.

Justus Lake (Venango County): Yellow perch and rainbow trout were pulled through solid ice using a variety of baits.

Bradys Run Lake, Raccoon Lake (Beaver County): Part of the Approved Trout Water Open to Year-Round Fishing program, these lakes are open to fishing through opening day of trout season, but it’s catch-and-release trout fishing only — no trout may be taken or possessed during this period. A state stocking of rainbow trout was planned for March 11 on Bradys Run Lake.

Slippery Rock Creek (Butler County): A state stocking of browns and rainbows was planned for today.

North Park Lake (Allegheny County): Part of the Approved Trout Water Open to Year-Round Fishing program, the lake is open to fishing through opening day of trout season, but it’s catch-and-release trout fishing only — no trout may be taken or possessed during this period.

Pine Creek (Allegheny County): Monday, the state stocked brown and rainbow trout in the Delayed Harvest Artificial Lures Only section.

Bull Creek (Allegheny County): A state stocking of browns and rainbows was planned for March 11 in sections including the Delayed Harvest Artificial Lures Only area.

Twin Lakes (Westmoreland County): Part of the Approved Trout Water Open to Year-Round Fishing program, the upper and lower lakes are open to fishing through opening day of trout season, but it’s catch-and-release trout fishing only — no trout may be taken or possessed during this period.

Donegal Lake, Keystone Lake (Westmoreland County): Part of the Approved Trout Water Open to Year-Round Fishing program, these lakes are open to fishing through opening day of trout season, but it’s catch-and-release trout fishing only — no trout may be taken or possessed during this period. A state stocking of rainbows was planned for March 13.

Mammoth Lake, Northmoreland Lake (Westmoreland County): Part of the Approved Trout Water Open to Year-Round Fishing program, these lakes are open to fishing through opening day of trout season, but it’s catch-and-release trout fishing only — no trout may be taken or possessed during this period.

Indian Creek (Westmoreland County): A state stocking of rainbow trout was planned for upper and lower beats March 13.

Loyalhanna Creek (Westmoreland County): A state stocking of browns and rainbows was planned for March 8 from Zimmerman Run to Kingston Dam.

Sewickley Creek (Westmoreland County): A state stocking of browns and rainbows was planned for March 13.

Canonsburg Lake (Washington County): Fish and Boat reports the ice had melted from the boat launch halfway across the lake. Part of the Approved Trout Water Open to Year-Round Fishing program, it is open to fishing through opening day of trout season, but it’s catch-and-release trout fishing only — no trout may be taken or possessed during this period.

Laurel Hill Lake (Somerset County): Part of the Approved Trout Water Open to Year-Round Fishing program, the lake is open to fishing through opening day of trout season, but it’s catch-and-release trout fishing only — no trout may be taken or possessed during this period.

Report your catch and submit your fish photos 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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