May 10 is Mentored Youth Fishing Day on designated program waters (details at www.fish.state.pa.us). Fishing is prohibited on those waters noon today through 8 a.m. May 10; only program participants may fish those waters 8 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. May 10. Participating youths under 16 years of age must have a Mentored Youth Permit, available for free at fishing license distributors, and be accompanied by a licensed angler age 16 or older. Minimum size for trout (combined species) is 7 inches, creel limit two trout per angler.
Lake Erie and tributaries (Erie County): Steelhead hookups were reported in good water west of the peninsula. Smallmouths in the 3- to 4-pound range and a 24-inch walleye were caught on silver blade baits out of North East.
Conneaut Lake (Crawford County): Panfish and crappie were active on the lake’s the north end.
Corey Creek (Tioga County): Mark Accettulla of Oakmont hauled in a 20-inch 3-pound rainbow trout April 26.
Piney Dam (Clarion County): Anglers reported catching good-size crappie and perch on live minnows. Trolling the shorelines turned up walleye.
Allegheny River (Clarion County): Walleye and bass were caught between Emlenton and Parker. Northerns and muskies were taken near mouths of the Clarion River and Redbank Creek.
Redbank Creek (Clarion County): Northern pike and walleye were taken below the New Bethlehem dam; trout were caught above the dam.
Lake Arthur (Butler County): Crappy and hybrid striped bass were picking up in the warmer waters of shallow coves. Fish and Boat reports that recent surveys found very large walleye and catfish.
Lake Oneida, Thorn Run Reservoir (Butler County): Crappy action was increasing, particularly near grassy and rocky shorelines, but sizes were small.
Ohio River (Allegheny County): High, muddy water made fishing difficult.
Montour Run (Allegheny County): On the evening of April 27, Lily Jester, 5, of Moon caught two trout using her pink Barbie fishing pole. Kurt Tintelnot of Banksville used a red worm to catch an 18-inch rainbow and a 10 incher on the evening of May 4.
Pine Creek (Allgheny County): Around 4 p.m. on opening day, Ryan Duchi landed a 25-inch rainbow below the confluence with Willow Run.
Deer Creek (Allegheny County): Megan Russell, 14, of Valencia had a catch-and-release bonanza releasing a dozen nice trout near the park. All were caught on grubs and green pressed eggs.
Cross Creek Lake (Washington): Despite unsubstantiated rumors, there has been no recent industrial contamination of the lake, and talk of spills in the past were largely overblown. With the water still at 52 to 53 degrees, crappy action was hit-or-miss with egg-bearing pre-spawn females in 2 to 3 feet. Some 9-inch to 12 1/2-inch crappies were caught on live minnows or red and pearl tube jigs. Bluegill action was slow.
Virgin Run Lake (Fayette County): On May 4, Lou Davies III, 7, of Fayette City caught a 21 3/4-inch, 4-pound 1-ounce rainbow trout near the overflow.
The Post-Gazette Trout Photo Contest ends May 11. Submit hi-res photos at email@example.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. Submit fishing reports to the same address including 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.