District Fishing Report: 4.18.14

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Enter your high-resolution digital fish photos in the annual Post-Gazette Trout Photo Contest. The categories are Big Fish, Kidstuff and Artsy Shots. Report the angler’s name, age (if a minor), town, where caught and optional details, photographer’s name, town and phone number (not for publication). View the photos at the Post-Gazette Rod & Gun Club blog www.post-gazette.com/sports/outdoors. Winners in each category will be interviewed and their photos published in print and online in May.

Sandy Creek (Mercer County): Despite high water on the opening day of the statewide trout season, Chase Kean, 17, of Conneaut Lake, caught his first trout, a 12-incher, using a spinner.

Marvin Creek (McKean County): On opening day, Cole Roberts, 8, of Castle Shannon caught a 19-inch rainbow and a 16-inch golden rainbow.

Bradys Run Lake (Beaver County): Fish and Boat reported some catch-and-release anglers landed more than 30 trout.

Raccoon Lake (Beaver County): Several limits were reported with a lot of golden rainbows taken.

Beaver River (Beaver County): Muskies and walleye were taken on shiners and jerkbaits near New Brighton.

Raccoon Creek (Beaver County): On his first opening day, Adrian Jerabek, 3, of Robinson, caught his first trout.

North Park Lake (Allegheny County): On a busy opening day, some anglers limited out; others released a large number of rainbows and browns. Worms, live minnows, paste baits and spinners were productive. The state plans to stock rainbow trout April 19.

Deer Lakes (Allegheny County): Alyssa Harris of Butler caught two rainbow trout, including a 21 incher.

Allegheny River (Allegheny County): High water made fishing difficult.

Bull Creek, Deer Creek (Allegheny County): Wax worms and meal worms were the hot baits, and light tackle performed the best. This week the state stocked browns and rainbows in all beats except the Delayed Harvest Artificial Lures Only area.

Deer Creek (Allegheny County): In and below the Delayed Harvest Artificial Lures Only stretch, the state stocked browns and rainbows April 15.

Big Sewickley Creek (Allegheny County): A state stocking of browns and rainbows occurred April 15.

Montour Run (Allegheny County): Browns and rainbows were stocked by the state April 15.

Pine Creek (Allegheny County): All beats were stocked with browns and rainbows April 14.

Twin Lakes (Westmoreland County): Many trout were caught in generally favorable conditions opening day. Paste baits and red worms were hot. The state plans to stock rainbows today.

Loyalhanna Creek (Westmoreland County): A lot of good fishing was reported. Phil Coffin landed a 22-inch, 5-pound golden rainbow. In one 90-minute period on opening day, another angler fishing with spinners released eight rainbows up to 19 inches and one 11-inch tiger trout (a sterile hatchery-engineered brown and brook trout hybrid). Later in the day on the Delayed Harvest Artificial Lures area, the same angler released 17 rainbows caught on bubble gum pink trout worms fished under a float. During the week decent fishing was reported as far up as Zimmerman Run.

Four Mile Creek (Westmoreland County): Anglers reported good opening day fishing on wax worms.

Laurel Hill Lake (Somerset County): Many full stringers were reported, and many nice fish were released opening day. Paste baits were hot.

Vacation fishing: On a recent trip to Missoula, Mont., fishing the warm springs waters of the Clark Fork River, Nick Koustis of Mt. Lebanon landed a 5-pound rainbow trout on a San Juan worm.

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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