Lake Erie and tributaries (Erie County): In the bay, good-size yellow perch were taking medium live minnows with catches recorded at Dobbins Landing, Holland Street dock, North and South piers and Liberty Park. Brown trout were caught in Cascade Creek April 15, the statewide opening day of trout season. The second stocking of browns at the East and West Basin ponds was Tuesday.
Kahle Lake (Clarion County): Though still down from its previous depth, the level was raised about 3 feet with plans to make that depth permanent. Largemouths, bluegills, crappies and good-size yellow perch were caught — largemouths were taken on soft plastics.
Redbank Creek (Clarion County): Thanks to the Hawthorn Rod and Gun Club, which stocked its co-op trout in Redbank Creek and Pine Run, nice trout were taken from Hawthorn to the New Bethlehem dam. Browns and rainbows are scheduled to be stocked April 25 from North Fork to Little Sandy Creek.
Toms Run (Clarion County): Brook trout are expected to be stocked April 27 from Chapel Road bridge to the children’s area near the mouth at the Clarion River.
Cowanshannock Creek (Armstrong County): Elbow to elbow fishing, particularly near Buttermilk Falls. Brook and brown trout were stocked April 5. The upper beat, from Huskins Run to the bridge on Red Mill Road, is expected to get brook and brown trout April 24.
Buffalo Creek (Armstrong County): Weeks after the stocking of brown and rainbow trout, the children’s area off Yellow Dog Road provided a great opening-day opportunity for youth to catch fish.
North Park Lake (Allegheny County): Ella Yanni, 9, of Gibsonia caught a rainbow on opening day, drifting a minnow from a canoe. More rainbows are scheduled to be stocked April 27.
Deer Lakes (Allegheny County): The three lakes are expected to be stocked with rainbow trout Saturday.
Pine Creek (Allegheny County): All beats were stocked with browns and rainbows Thursday.
Montour Run (Allegheny County): Browns and rainbows were stocked Monday.
Bull Creek (Allegheny County): Riley Stephans, 9, with help from her sister, Hannah, 4, and dad, Justin, caught a rainbow trout April 9, Mentored Youth Fishing Day. The creek’s upper and lower beats bookending the Delayed Harvest Artificial Lures Only area are expected to be stocked with browns and rainbows April 24.
Deer Creek (Allegheny County): Browns and rainbows were stocked throughout the creek Wednesday.
Turtle Creek (Allegheny County): Browns and rainbows are expected to be stocked April 25.
Twin Lakes (Westmoreland County): Upper and lower lakes were expected to be stocked Friday with rainbow trout.
Keystone Lake (Westmoreland County): Rainbow trout were stocked Monday.
Indian Lake (Westmoreland County): Another stocking of rainbows is expected April 25.
Cross Creek Lake (Washington County): Andrew Augustine of Scott boated a 15-inch, 2-pound crappie with 13-inch girth. Bluegills went for small and medium live minnows, tipped jigs or red, pearl or chartreuse tube jigs.
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— John Hayes