District Fishing Report: 4.4.14

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Check Southwest Pennsylvania trout stocking schedules at the Post-Gazette Rod & Gun Club blog at http://www.post-gazette.com/sports/outdoors. Full schedules at www.fish.state.pa.us.

Pymatuning Lake (Crawford County): Anglers found patches of open water near tributaries, but thin ice covered most of the impoundment.

Conneaut Lake (Crawford County): Skim ice prevented most shore fishing.

French Creek (Crawford County): Most of the ice had melted and shore anglers returned to the water.

Lake Wilhelm (Mercer County): Little open water as ice continued to recede.

Keystone Lake (Armstrong County): Ice had melted and a few anglers were seen shore fishing.

Buffalo Creek (Armstrong County): Egg patterns were hot on the Delayed Harvest Artificial Lures Only section.

Hemlock Lake (Indiana County): Still iced over, but too thin for ice fishing.

North Park Lake (Allegheny County): On March 29, taking advantage of the lake’s Approved Trout Waters Open To Year-Round Fishing status, Luke Fotta, 15 of Ross released nine trout, including a brown of about 20 inches, using live minnows. An angler fishing nearby released another nine using jigs and Twister tails.

Deer Lakes (Allegheny County): The state is expected to stock rainbows at the upper, lower and middle lakes today — the stocking truck meets at 12:30 p.m. at Deer Lakes Park office.

Ohio River (Allegheny County): Seasonal spring weather attracted anglers to the water — a few reported catching smallmouths and freshwater drum.

Pine Creek (Allegheny County): Recently stocked brown trout took nymphs in the Delayed Harvest Artificial Lures Only stretch. The state stocked browns and rainbows at all beats above and below the special regulations waters April 2.

Deer Creek (Allegheny County): Anglers reported good fishing in the Delayed Harvest Artificial Lures Only area.

Flaugherty Run (Allegheny County): The creek’s only state stocking of browns is scheduled for April 8 — the stocking truck meets at 12:30 p.m. at I-79 exit 22 at Wexford.

Long Run (Allegheny County): Browns and rainbows were delivered by the state April 1 in the creek’s only state stocking.

Montour Run (Allegheny County): The creek gets the first of three state stockings of browns and rainbows today — the truck meets at 12:30 p.m. I-79 exit 22 at Wexford.

Turtle Creek (Allegheny County): The state stocking truck meets at 12:15 p.m. April 8 at the Pennsylvania Turnpike exit 6 parking lot at Monroeville for a stocking of browns and rainbows from Saunders Station Road in Level Green to Brush Creek in Trafford.

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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