District Fishing Report: 4.25.14

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Almost everywhere in the state, pre-spawning activity is behind schedule by a couple of weeks or more due to the long, cold winter. Submit your catch in the Post-Gazette Trout Photo Contest: name, age (if a minor), town, species, where caught and optional details, and photographers name and town, to FishingReport@post-gazette.com.

Lake Erie and tributaries (Erie County): Steelhead were caught in Elk and Conneaut creeks, and several big browns were taken. Good steelheading was reported in Ohio.

Pymatuning Reservoir (Crawford County): Walleye and perch were active with many caught from shore or by boat. The state Fish and Boat Commission reported many anglers limited out.

Corey Creek (Tioga County): Mark Accettulla of Oakmont caught a 24-inch, 5-pound golden rainbow trout on Easter Sunday. See it at the Post-Gazette Rod & Gun Club blog at www.post-gazette.com/sports/outdoors.

Raccoon Lake (Beaver County): On April 17 Nathan Quince, 17, of Imperial caught a 26-inch rainbow that weighed 5 pounds, 7 ounces at Raccoon Lake using a Trout Magnet. The fish was landed on a 9-foot ultralight rod with 4-pound test line. See it at the Post-Gazette Rod & Gun Club blog.

Bradys Run Lake (Beaver County): A state stocking of rainbows is planned for April 26.

South Branch Bradys Run (Beaver County): Below the lake, a state stocking of browns and rainbows is planned for April 26.

Monongahela River (Allegheny County): Cooper Dietz, 6, of Hays caught a 38-inch flathead catfish in the Monongahela River near Duck Hollow on Easter Sunday.

North Park Lake (Allegheny County): Anglers slammed the rainbows and browns. One kayaker got away from the crowds and hooked into many trout, including a 17-incher. Spinners and worms under bobbers were hot.

Deer Lakes (Allegheny County): State stockings of rainbows are scheduled for April 26 and May 1.

Pine Creek (Allegheny County): Scott Kozelnik of Ross caught five rainbows during a morning snow on April 15.

Bull Creek (Allegheny County): Next week a state stocking of browns and rainbows is scheduled for above and below the Delayed Harvest Artificial Lures Only area.

Turtle Creek (Allegheny County): The state stocked browns and rainbows April 23.

Twin lakes (Westmoreland County): Following a state stocking April 18, one angler released six 12-inch rainbows using Trout Magnets and silver jigs with white bodies tipped with wax worms. April 20 Max Kaufer, 14, of Greensburg released a 17-inch trout caught on a spinner — see it on the Post-Gazette Rod & Gun Club blog.

Indian Lake (Westmoreland County): The state stocked rainbows April 23.

Keystone Lake (Westmoreland County): A state stocking of rainbows is planned for April 26.

Loyalhanna Creek (Westmoreland County): The state stocked browns and rainbows this week; the Delayed Harvest Artificial Lures Only area was stocked April 22. Easter weekend, under nearly ideal conditions near Mill Creek, one angler released seven trout caught on bubble gum plastic worms — one rainbow measured 14 inches — while fly anglers caught seven trout on sucker spawn.

Four Mile Run (Westmoreland County): The state stocked browns and rainbows April 22.

Indian Creek (Westmoreland County): A state stocking of brook, brown and rainbow trout is planned for April 29.

Cross Creek Lake (Washington County): With the water still 46-47 degrees, spawning activities are delayed. Crappies suspended at 5 feet took small fathead minnows and Trout Magnets, but many were undersized in this 9-inch minimum lake. Pre-spawn bluegills took meal worms, maggots and small jigs. April 22 David Higgins of Hickory, Pa., caught a 15 1/2-inch, 1.75-pound crappie on a silver and white tube jig in 4-5 feet of water.

Report your catch and submit your fish photos at fishingreport@post-gazette.com. See details above.


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