District Fishing Report: 6.20.14

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Lake Erie and tributaries (Erie County): In 40 feet off The Point, 36 anglers on the Edward John head boat picked off 656 yellow perch during a June 17 morning trip. On June 16 aboard the same vessel 752 perch were caught. Reports by others pegged the perch at 40 to 51 feet.

Pymatuning Reservoir (Crawford County): Anglers continued to catch good-size yellow perch. Ohio and Pennsylvania wildlife agencies dropped wooden habitat improvements on the north end and rock reefs were place on the southern end.

Woodcock Creek Lake (Crawford County): Leeches and crawler harnesses were the hot baits for walleye, while at the dam base muskies, walleyes and bowfins were caught.

Lake Wilhelm (Mercer County): Good reports continued with bass taken on plastic worms, walleye on worm harnesses and bluegills and hand-size crappies on maggot-tipped jigs.

Shenango River Lake (Mercer County): Fishing remained slow. Low angler turnout.

Sugar Creek (Venango County): Several anglers reported very good trout catches with very little angling pressure.

Lake Arthur (Butler County): Brian Gordon of Evans City caught his first fish at the Post-Gazette Family Fishing Tent during Moraine State Park’s June 14 celebration of National Get Outdoors Day. Additional catches included a green sunfish released by Michael Turk, 10, of Lynders, Pa., a perch brought in by Mikell Gordon, 9, of New Castle, and two bluegills caught by Evan Walsh, 12, of Shaler. Live bait donated by Tackle Unlimited, Jefferson Hills.

Allegheny River (Allegheny County): Frank McCormick, a participant in Venture Outdoors’ TriAnglers fishing program, Wednesdays on the North Shore, picked off a 20-inch channel cat June 18. Morgan Hezlep took a 14-inch smallmouth, and Zach Boslett caught a 14-inch catfish and 11-inch freshwater drum. Also released were a 10-inch walleye and 11 1/2-inch sauger. All of the fish were caught on live minnows.

Monongahela River (Allegheny County): A 38-inch, 10 1/2-pound carp struggled for 15 to 20 minutes before Joe Brown of East Pittsburgh pulled it from the water near Braddock.

Youghiogheny River Lake (Somerset, Fayette counties): The state Fish and Boat Commission stocked 113,600 walleye fry on June 6. Tom Bandish of Canonsburg released six smallmouths caught on crankbaits or plastic worms June 15.

Report your catch and submit fish photos at fishingreport@post-gazette.com. Include angler’s name, age (for minors), 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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