District Fishing Report: 7.25.14

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Families are invited to hook up at the Post-Gazette Family Fishing Tent, part of the Regatta at Lake Arthur Aug. 2-3 at Moraine State Park, Butler County. Gear and bait provided, no fishing license required while participating in the program.

Lake Erie and tributaries (Erie County): Hot fishing report were filed from the Ohio state line to North East. Yellow perch were taken at 45 to 60 feet from Shades Beach to Freeport, and at the same depth on the west side off Walnut and Elk creeks. Walleye were at 50 to 70 feet. Channel cats in the 10-pound range were taken at night at the mouth of Elk Creek.

Pymatuning Reservoir (Crawford County): Some anglers complained about slow fishing, but those who know the lake did well. One angler limited out on walleye while another took an 8 pounder. Night fishing and trolling at about 17 to 20 feet were productive. Largemouths took spinner baits over weeds and wood, or attacked jigs and plastic worms fished deep. Crappies were taken over brush piles.

Lake Wilhelm (Mercer County): Walleye stocked in recent years to help reduce the gizzard shad population have grown to the 15- to 20-inch range. Many moved up from the dam; anglers reported good catches at 10 feet. Fillet-size crappies up to 14 inches were taken near the marina, causeway and No. 3 launch.

French Creek (Venango, Crawford counties): Some good walleye fishing was reported, and smallmouths up to 20 inches were caught near Franklin. One angler released a 37-inch muskellunge taken at dusk on a large crankbait.

Salmon Creek (Forest County): Caddis, Light Cahill and sulphers were productive around dusk, Blue-wing Olives worked at dawn.

Tionesta creek, lake (Forest County): Nice size yellow perch and crappies were caught in the lake. The state Fish and Boat Commission reported that anglers took muskies in the outflow, and catfish were caught evenings on live baits.

Lake Arthur (Butler County): About 60 fish — bluegills, sunfish, a 20-inch smallmouth and a 23-inch channel catfish — were caught by 15 boaters during a four-hour recreational therapy program of the VA Butler Healthcare hospital. Largemouths took plastics at weed beds, and lots of panfish were taken in recent days.

Allegheny River (Armstrong County): Smallmouths rose for hatching mayflies.

North Park Lake (Allegheny County): Many bluegills were caught on worms under bobbers, and a nice catfish was taken on chicken livers.

Allegheny River (Allegheny County): On the North Shore, five participants in Venture Outdoors’ Tri-Angler program caught three smallmouths as large as 12 inches. Walleye were active off the mouth of Deer Creek, and big catfish were released at night near Lock No. 3.

Pine Creek (Allegheny County): Despite low, clear waters, one angler released five trout taken with nymphs from dark, shady pools in the Delayed Harvest Artificial Lures Only Area.

Loyalhanna Creek (Westmoreland County): Low, clear and warm, but anglers found rainbows in deep, cool pools. Despite typical summer conditions, one angler released 10 rainbows up to 14 inches drifting plastic worms.

Report your catch and submit fish photos at fishingreport@post-gazette.com. Include angler’s name, age for minors, town, species, size, body of water, date of catch, optional details and phone number (not for publication). View reader fish photos at the Post-Gazette Rod & Gun Club blog at blogs.post-gazette.com/sports/rod-gun-club.

First Published July 24, 2014 8:00 PM

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