District Fishing Report: 5.2.14

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Open season for walleye, sauger and saugeye starts May 3 and runs through the end of the year. Walleye and saugeye (a walleye-sauger hybrid) have to be 15 inches, and the harvest limit is six. Saugers must be 12 inches, with the same harvest limit. Sauger dorsal fins have small dark spots forming horizontal rows — walleye do not. The walleye has a dark spot at the back edge of the front dorsal fin, and the lower part of the tail and bottom of the anal fin are whitish. The Post-Gazette Trout Photo Contest runs through May 11. Submit hi-res photos at fishingreport@post-gazette.com, include angler’s name, age (if a minor), town, where caught and optional details, and photographer’s name, town and phone number (not for publication). View the photos at blogs.post-gazette.com/sports/rod-gun-club.

Allegheny River (Clarion County): Walleye, bass , northerns and some muskies were reported near the mouth of Redbank Creek.

Redbank Creek (Clarion County): Northerns and walleye were caught below the New Bethlehem dam. Trout were taken upstream following an unscheduled April 22 stocking by the state.

Private lake (Lawrence County): T.J. Rice, 12, of West Pittsburg in Lawrence County caught his first trout April 19 at Mahoning Sportsman’s Association in Hillsville, Pa., using a small minnow.

Buffalo Creek (Armstrong County): Rainbows took anything brightly colored on the Delayed Harvest Artificial Lures Only area.

Raccoon Lake (Beaver County): Kendra Onuska, 6, of Independence, Beaver County, landed a 21-inch golden rainbow on Easter morning while trolling.

Indian Lake (Westmoreland County): The state stocked rainbows April 23. Good fishing was reported using live bait or small tipped jigs.

Dunlap Lake (Fayette County): Ethan Murick, 3, of Franklin Park, caught several trout during his first fishing trip at on the opening day of trout season.

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angler’s name, age (for children), place of residence, species, size, body of water, date of catch, phone number (not for publication) and optional details.


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