District Fishing Report: 6.13.14

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Open season starts June 14 for largemouth, smallmouth and spotted bass with a 12-inch minimum and daily combined species limit of six. The season runs through Oct. 31 on lakes, Sept. 30 on rivers and streams. For special regulations on waters managed under the Big Bass and Catch and Release Bass programs check the 2013 Pennsylvania Fishing Summary or www.fishandboat.com.

Lake Erie and tributaries (Erie County): Using crawlers June 10 near the North Pier, Kurt Tintelnot of Banksville landed two white bass and 14 smallmouths up to 18 inches. The whopper broke his rod in three pieces. Water temperature was in the mid-50s. Big yellow perch 13 to 14 inches were in 35 to 40 feet off Elk and Walnut. Walleye were at 45 to 50 feet near the Ohio state line and 60 to 70 feet east and west of Erie. Angling pressure on the lake was high. Lots of smallmouths reported in Elk Creek. Trout were taken early mornings at the Fairview Gravel Pit.

Pymatuning Reservoir (Crawford County): Walleye were selective, but anglers drifting crawlers, jig-and-nightcrawler rigs, worm harnesses or leeches were successful. Bass were taken on structure and in 5 to 6 feet of weeds. Anglers reported catching many large yellow perch and channel cats.

Woodcock Creek Lake (Crawford County): Leeches were the hot walleye bait.

Woodcock Creek (Crawford County): The state Fish and Boat Commission reported walleye, muskies and bowfin were taken near the dam.

Lake Wilhelm (Mercer County): Fishing reports were much improved over last year. Anglers cited good bass fishing with one 22-incher taken on a plastic worm. Walleyes took worm harnesses and panfish were caught on jigs.

Shenango River Lake (Mercer County): Mixed reports from anglers — some cleaned up on crappies using jigs on brush piles at 8 to 10 feet, others couldn’t buy a bite.

Lake Arthur (Butler County): Bass were taken on crawlers fished deep. Crappies and bluegills were active. On June 1, Carla J. Della Toffalo, 9, of Harmony caught her first catfish, a 29-inch 12-pound channel cat, using an ultralight spinning rod and 4-pound line. June 14, as a part of Moraine State Park’s celebration of National Get Outdoors Day, outdoors editor John Hayes will host a Post-Gazette Family Fishing Tent 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on the North Shore, where many additional outdoors activities will be held (724-368-8811).

Yellow Creek Lake (Indiana County): Bass fishing was slow.

North Park Lake (Allegheny County): Trout were taken deep near incoming water. Panfish were taken on worms under bobbers.

Allegheny River (Allegheny County): A 42-inch flathead catfish was caught on chicken livers and released.

Pine Creek (Allegheny County): Before recent storms, Peter Stone of Warrendale released five trout caught on nymphs in the Delayed Harvest Artificial Lures Only area.

Loyalhanna Creek (Westmoreland County): On one day last week, with the water 62 degrees and slightly high, one spin-fishing angler reported releasing 45 trout caught on molded trout worms in the Delayed Harvest Artificial Lures Only area. On the same day, another released 30 on midges.

Cross Creek (Washington County): Bluegills were still spawning and big ones were taken on maggots or meal worms near weed beds, structure, shallows and coves — one angler took eight 8 1/2-inchers. Crappies were starting to scatter but still taking fatheads or sparkle tube jibs. Evenings, largemouths in the 3- to 5-pound range took buzz baits or 6-inch white and watermelon plastic worms, and one angler landed several saugers.

Youghiogheny River (Fayette County): Walleye, bass and catfish were taken. Nice rainbow trout were caught on nymphs and released above Ohiopyle.

Monongahela River (Fayette County): Anglers reported catching big bass and flatheads. One 40-inch catfish was released.

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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