Memorial Day, May 26, is the first of Pennsylvania’s two Fish-for-Free Days. Throughout the state, residents and nonresidents can legally fish without a fishing license from 12:01 a.m. to 11:59 p.m. on that date. All other fishing regulations apply. The next Fish for Free Day is July 4.
Lake Erie (Erie County): The yellow perch bite was slow but picking up at around 40 feet east and west of the peninsula. Some nice perch were taken in the bay. Walleye had barely started. Several anglers reported good smallmouth fishing out of North East.
Pymatuning Reservoir (Crawford County): State Fish and Boat Commission biologists report that two weeks of trap netting turned up good numbers of legal-size walleye, and that black crappies and channel cats are abundant throughout the lake. The late, cold winter continues to impact spawning activity throughout Pennsylvania — on Pymatuning water temperatures are only now rising and the crappie and walleye bite continue to be slow. Best action is in the warmer shallow northern bays.
Lake Wilhelm (Mercer County): Crappies were few but bigger than those caught last year at this time.
Oil Creek (Venango County): Tim Mance, 11, landed a 17 1/2-inch golden rainbow.
Lake Arthur (Butler County): Moraine State Park was recently listed No. 15 among the best family-fishing locations in the United States according to the national non-profit Recreational Boating and Fishing Foundation’s Take Me Fishing campaign. The crappie bite was slow
Raccoon Lake (Beaver County): The state stocked rainbow trout May 3 and May 12.
Traverse Creek (Beaver County): The state stocked browns and rainbows May 3 and May 12.
North Park Lake (Allegheny County): Scores of beginner anglers learned how to catch fish at a May 17 Family Fishing Festival presented by the state Fish and Boat Commission. After practicing casting and knot tying, many landed their first fish. Small bluegills and sunfish took worms suspended under bobbers.
Deer Lakes (Allegheny County): Anglers were still catching trout. Hot baits included small live minnows, red worms, butter worms, salmon eggs, spinners and bait-tipped jigs.
Allegheny River (Allegheny County): Despite high water on the river, anglers reported good catches of smallmouths, walleye and rock bass near the mouth of Deer Creek.
Pine Creek (Allegheny County): Ralph Brunner of South Park landed a 24-inch, 5-pound rainbow trout.
Keystone Lake (Westmoreland County): Keystone State Park was recently listed No. 18 among the best family-fishing locations in the United States according to the national non-profit Recreational Boating and Fishing Foundation’s Take Me Fishing campaign. The state stocked rainbow trout May 14.
Donegal, Indian, Northmoreland lakes (Westmoreland County): The state stocked rainbows May 13.
Hendricks Creek (Westmoreland County): Last week, the state stocked browns and rainbows from the Rte. 711 bridge to the mouth.
Crooked Creek (Armstrong County): Small numbers of crappies and small walleye were caught near the Crooked Creek Lake outflow.
Monongahela River (Washington County): High and muddy with very little angling pressure.
Dunlap Lake (Fayette County): Bluegills, crappies, trout and at least one channel catfish were taken.
Youghiogheny River (Fayette County): The river was still running high and muddy following last week’s rain storm.
Meadow Run (Fayette County): Silt had settled and the creek was running high but clear. Fly and spin anglers released trout in the Delayed Harvest Artificial Lures Only section.
Report your catch and submit fish photos at firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.