Pennsylvania’s second and final free fishing day of 2014 will be held July 4. From 12:01 a.m. to 11:59 p.m. that day no fishing license is needed for residents and non-residents legally fishing in the state’s waterways. All other fishing regulations and private property laws apply.
Lake Erie and tributaries (Erie County): Yellow perch were at 50 feet off Walnut Creek, at 40 feet off Trout Run and at scattered depths in Presque Isle Bay. Walleye were reported at 50-60 feet off The Point, while between Walnut and Elk creeks they stratified at 35-40 feet with bigger fish at 60-70 feet. Smallmouths had largely left the bay, but nice fish were taken off North East. Trout anglers continued to take stocked fish at the Presque Isle ponds, and bass and catfish were caught on lower Elk and Walnut creeks.
Pymatuning Lake (Crawford County): Walleye as big as 25 inches were taken in shallows and off shore on worm harnesses. Nice largemouths were released near Linesville. Crappies were at 12-14 feet, and big bluegills took worms near weed beds. Several anglers reported catching bowfins.
Lake Wilhelm (Mercer County): Positive reports continued from a lake that fished poorly last year. Near the dam, crappies in the 10-14 inch range and up to 16 inches were taken, and 6-9 pound walleye were caught drifting or trolling crankbaits or crawler harnesses. Bluegills were medium to small, but largemouths up to 20 inches and 4.3 pounds were hooked on buzz baits near lilly pads or on jigs near the causeway.
Shenango River Lake (Mercer County): High and muddy. Poor fishing was reported.
Raccoon Lake (Beaver County): As water warms, trout moved deeper with a moderate bite on paste baits reported near the dam. Bluegills took worms under bobbers.
Ohio River (Beaver County): Large freshwater drum and flatheads were caught near Rochester, good-size smallmouths were taken near Ambridge and two big walleye took shiners near New Brighton.
Allegheny River (Armstrong County): The catfish bite was hot in slow-moving water near tributary mouths.
The Point (Allegheny County): High flow from recent rains resulted in excellent fishing near the confluence of the Allegheny and Monongahela rivers. Smallmouths and catfish were taken; one angler released several cats in the 8-pound range.
Allegheny River (Allegheny County): A 28-inch flathead was caught on a bluegill near the mouth of Pine Creek. June 25 on the North Shore, Venture Outdoors Tri-Anglers participant Zach Boslett released a 16-inch channel cat, while others in the lunchtime fishing program caught a 10-inch walleye, 13- inch channel cat, 11 1/2-inch walleye and 12-inch smallmouth. All were caught on live minnows.
Chartiers Creek (Allegheny County): Ken Ringel of Carnegie caught a 14-inch rainbow trout near Carnegie at 7:30 p.m. June 17, as well as a walleye and five sauger within an hour.
Loyalhanna Lake (Westmoreland County): Big largemouths were caught on plastics around dawn and dusk.
Conemaugh River (Westmoreland County): High dam discharge resulted in good catfish and walleye fishing near the spillway.
Monongahela River (Greene and Washington counties): Anglers took nice channel cats and flatheads on everything from cut bait to paste baits, and walleye and sauger were caught near industrial structure.
Bald Eagle Creek (Centre County): In good summer flow, trout took sulphur nymphs and streamers.
Spring Creek (Centre County): Before a spike in flow following Thursday’s rain, sulpher spinners were hot particularly in the evening. Hatches included tan caddis (No. 14-16), midges (22-26) and Blue-wing Olives (18-20).
Report your catch and submit fish photos at email@example.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.
First Published June 27, 2014 12:00 AM