With some bass spawning, anglers were reminded to not fish for bass on beds.
Lake Erie and tributaries (Erie County): Fifteen lake trout, the biggest 30 inches, were caught and released in 45-65 feet near the Mountain during a May 11 Reel Obsessions guide trip, and the boat logged its first walleye of the season, 28 inches, 6 pounds 15 ounces. Smallmouths were taken near Hammermill, and yellow perch were caught off Walnut Creek. In Presque Isle Bay a few perch were taken near the North Pier, and steelhead and brown trout were caught near the East Pier and Water Works. In the tribs, smallmouths were reported at the mouth of Elk Creek, and steelhead were taken east and west of the peninsula and spotted on Elk as far up as Foley’s End.
Pymatuning Reservoir (Crawford County): Sixty one years after landing his last musky, John Kampian of Joffre, Pa., pulled one in May 9 measuring 44 inches and weighing 24 pounds. Walleye were active, and anglers were still waiting for crappies to turn on. Western Pennsylvania Kayak Anglers will hold a kayak fishing event May 18 (details Noah Heck 724-989-1630, firstname.lastname@example.org).
Canadohta Lake (Crawford County): Crappies were active near the northern lagoon.
Woodcock Lake (Crawford County): The walleye were not there in numbers for opening weekend, but several small ‘eyes were taken since.
Lake Wilhelm (Mercer County): Nice-size crappies and bluegills were caught on maggot-tipped jigs, with good catches reported near Launch 3 and Dugan’s Run. A few hefty bass were caught.
French Creek (Venango County): The creek was fishing well from Meadville to Franklin, with lots of smallmouths released and several reports of anglers limiting out on walleyes. Tributary mouths were active, and live minnows and soft plastics were hot.
Piney Dam (Clarion County): Good crappie fishing was reported on minnows and maggot-tipped jigs near Toby Bridge, and nice perch were taken on minnows or crawlers from the bridge to the Mill Creek Access Area. Trolling the shorelines turned up big walleye.
Allegheny River (Clarion County): Walleye were caught on shiners from Emlenton to Parker. Bass were taken on crank baits.
Raccoon Lake (Beaver County): In clear shallow waters May 6, Benjamin Saks of Pittsburgh released 18-inch and 19 1/2-inch largemouths caught on 8-inch Texas rigged dark plastic worms. On May 8, Tim Warner, 13, of McDonald caught a 24-inch rainbow using a Joe’s Fly on an ultra-light spinning rod with 2-pound test line. Lots of trout were taken using live minnows or paste baits. The state stocked rainbows May 12.
Bradys Run Lake (Beaver County): Good trout fishing was reported by anglers using live minnows or paste baits. The state stocked rainbows May 5.
Ohio River (Beaver County): Several large flatheads were taken on bluegills and crawlers.
Traverse Creek (Beaver County): May 12 at Raccoon Creek State Park, Fish and Boat stocked browns and rainbows from the upper lake outflow to Raccoon Lake, and from the Raccoon Lake outflow to the confluence with Raccoon Creek.
North Park Lake (Allegheny County): Lots of trout were taken on worms, spinners and paste baits. The state stocked rainbows May 9.
Pine Creek (Allegheny County): May 12 browns and rainbows were stocked by the state above and below the Delayed Harvest Artificial Lures Only area.
Allegheny River (Allegheny County): Six fisherman participating in Venture Outdoors’ TriAnglers program on the North Shore (Wednesdays 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.) caught three smallmouths, a rock bass and one hybrid striped bass.
Donegal, Indian lakes (Westmoreland County): The state stocked rainbows May 13.
Keystone Lake (Westmoreland County): The state stocked rainbows May 14.
Twin Lakes (Westmoreland County): The lower lake got a state stocking of rainbows May 9.
Loyalhanna Creek (Westmoreland County): With waters slightly high and stained in the Delayed Harvest Artificial Lures Only area May 17, Doug Leichliter of Greensburg released seven trout including a 14-inch tiger. Brent Kinneer of Rector landed a rainbow in excess of 20 inches, caught on a nymph. This week the state stocked browns and rainbows from Two Mile Run Road to Monastery Run.
Mill Creek (Westmoreland County): The state stocked rainbow trout May 13.
Sewickley Creek (Westmoreland County): A state stocking of brown and rainbow trout occurred May 13.
Hendricks Creek (Westmoreland County): Browns and rainbows were stocked by the state this week.
Canonsburg Lake (Washington County): Rainbows were stocked by the state May 9. Lots of good trout fishing was reported — paste baits, live minnows, worms and spinners were hot.
Virgin Run Lake (Fayette County): On May 4, Lou Davies III of Fayette City caught a 21 3/4-inch, 4-pound 1-ounce rainbow near the outflow.
Meadow Run (Fayette County): About 20 trout were released in the Delayed Harvest Artificial Lures Only section during a Post-Gazette-sponsored fly fishing bus trip May 10. The 15-inch lunker was caught on a Woolly Bugger and released by Dave Levdansky of Forward.
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— By John Hayes