District Fishing Report: 8.22.14

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Lake Erie (Erie County): Stiff winds impacted the fishing throughout the state’s northwest, but good catches of walleye and yellow perch were reported in deep waters off Gull Point and Elk and Walnut creeks. Walleye were suspended at 55-65 feet in 115-foot waters off North East, and perch were caught in 55-60 feet west of Freeport beach. Catfish continued to be caught in lower Elk and Walnut, and while it’s too early for the big steelhead runs, some early morning silver bullets were taken at the mouth of Walnut.

Pymatuning Reservoir (Crawford County): Anglers reported good crappie action at 6-12 feet, and several walleye limits. One angler caught four muskies on bucktails.

French Creek (Crawford County): Good walleye and smallmouth fishing with shiners was reported from above Meadville to Conchranton.

Lake Wilhelm (Mercer County): Walleye in the 7- to 8-pound range were reported, as well as crappies in the afternoon off the causeway and Creek Road, and near launches No. 3 and No. 4.

Buhl Lake (Mercer County): Largemouths and bluegills were small, but many were caught with bobbers and worms.

Allegheny River (Armstrong County): Three muskies, two anglers, one fishing trip. On waters near Kittanning, Luke Wholey of Pittsburgh released muskellunge measuring 37 inches and 45 inches, 25 1/2 pounds, and Nicholas Colangelo of Pittsburgh released a 40-incher. The pair have landed 16 muskies in western Pennsylvania in 2014. See the fish at http://blogs.post-gazette.com/sports/rod-gun-club.

Allegheny River (Allegheny County): Chuckie Buggey of the North Side caught an 18-inch channel cat July 26 near Washington’s Landing.

Monongahela River (Allegheny County): On Aug. 13, Giovanni Roscoe, 19, of Greenfield caught a nice flathead using a bluegill at night near the Hot Metal Bridge.

Ohio River (Allegheny River): Felicia L. Cianciarulo pulled a longnose gar exceeding 3 feet from the Ohio River near Neville Island on Aug. 12. See it at http://blogs.post-gazette.com/sports/rod-gun-club.

Cross Creek Lake (Washington County): Moderate fishing was reported with bluegills at 15 feet taking maggots, crappies at 15-20 feet taking live minnows, bass taking silver spoons and spinners and walleye going for perch-colored Hot ‘n Tots.

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 reader fish photos at the Rod & Gun Club blog at blogs.post-gazette.com/sports/rod-gun-club.

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