District Fishing Report: 5.30.14

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Lake Erie and tributaries (Erie County): Fishing was generally slow in Presque Isle Bay, where the water remained unseasonably cool and most grasses had not started to grow. Still early for walleye in most areas, but anglers out of North East caught them at 51 feet from the marina to the state line. Yellow perch were caught — depth varied from 20-55 feet. The smallmouth tributary run was on — anglers reported catches at Elk and Twentymile creeks (bass season opens June 13). Last week’s water temperature of 54 degrees had risen to 61 degrees by May 29. For real-time water conditions refer to the new Lake Erie Near-Shore Weather and Information Buoy, located 5 miles off the Presque Isle: www.PaLakeErieBuoy.com.

Pymatuning Reservoir (Crawford County): Black crappies were turning on in 4-8 feet in northern bays, and crappies 13 inches-plus were taken near Linesville. Walleye were taking crawlers, but most were small. Several channel cats were caught. May 18, Tom Zarewicz of Ross caught several walleye, T.J. Zarewicz of Ross released a sublegal musky, and Larry Wheeler, also of Ross, caught walleye up to 27 inches, 6 1/2 pounds.

Conneaut Lake (Crawford County): Big walleye were reported — one more than 30 inches — and a large musky was taken on a crawler-tipped jig and released. Anglers reported smallmouths up to 5 pounds, big largemouths, northerns and rock bass.

Lake Wilhelm (Mercer County): A 27-inch walleye was taken. Crappies were small.

French Creek (Venango, Mercer, Crawford counties): High and muddy, few anglers were on the water.

Justus Lake (Venango County): Anglers relied on small jigs for bluegills in the shallows.

Raccoon Creek (Beaver County): Below the spillway May 22, using a silver Panther Martin spinner, Scott Kozelnik of Ross released fresh water drum of 13 and 15 inches, three rainbow trout and two brown trout.

Allegheny River (Allegheny County): On the North Shore May 28, Venture Outdoors’ Tri-Anglers landed two smallmouths, a spotted bass and four rock bass.

Loyalhanna Lake (Westmoreland County): Good panfish catches were reported.

Cross Creek Lake (Washington County): Bluegills were starting to turn on with catches on maggots or mealworms at 4 to 12 feet. Crappies, too, were starting to take fatheads or Trout Magnets in bright colors, particularly white and chartreuse. Walleye in the 20-inch range were taken on crawler harnesses.

Youghiogheny River Lake (Fayette County): Anglers caught walleye from shore.

Youghiogheny River (Fayette County): The state Fish and Boat Commission reported catches of muskellunge near major tributary mouths, and good trout fishing in the river.

Monongahela River (Fayette County): Fish and Boat reported catches of muskellunge near major tributary mouths.

High Point Lake (Somerset County): Largemouth of 4-5 pounds were released, and crappies, northerns and chain pickerel were taken.

Lake Somerset (Somerset County): Lots of crappies were caught, but sizes were small.

Report your catch and submit 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. View fish photos at the Rod & Gun Club blog at blogs.post-gazette.com/sports/rod-gun-club.

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