District Fishing Report: 10.5.12
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Lake Erie tributaries: Low flow hampered most of the tributaries, but steelheads were caught on single eggs near the mouth of Elk Creek and good fishing was reported at Twenty Mile.
Pymatuning Reservoir (Crawford County): The state Fish and Boat Commission cautioned boaters about low water and exposed hazards after recent damage to some pontoons and motors. Walleye fishing was intermittent and crappies were biting.
Conneaut Lake (Crawford County): The dredging under way at the access area was expected to continue into November.
Allegheny River (Venango County): Good smallmouth fishing continued from French Creek to Sandy Creek. Expansive weed growth was reported near Hunter's Station, President and Reno.
Beaver River (Beaver County): As the water cools, hybrid striped bass were moving upriver and several were caught on plastics and Twister tails near Townsend Dam.
Ohio River (Beaver County): Several good-sized smallmouths were caught in 5-10 feet.
Allegheny River (Allegheny County): Randy Deshantz of Brookline landed a flathead that took a live dace at Lock and Dam No. 2 near the Highland Park Bridge. Smallmouths up to 18 inches were reported, as were catches of sublegal walleyes.
Allegheny, Monongahela, Ohio rivers (Allegheny County): In pro-am competition at last week's 3Rivers Challenge tournaments, Dan Welch of New Martinsville, W.Va., and amateur Chris Abruzzo, deputy chief of staff for Gov. Tom Corbett, won the bass category with a five-fish limit weighing 6 pounds, 7 ounces. The walleye pro-am was won by Jason Przekurat of Wisconsin and John Arway, executive director of the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission, with two walleyes and a sauger weighing 7 pounds, 7 ounces, including a 24-inch lunker. In professional bass competition, Jonathan Newton and Austin Gaab won with four fish totalling 7 pounds, 4 ounces. Scott Geitgey and Nick Osman won the walleye contest with two weighing 5 pounds, 12 ounces.
Loyalhanna Reservoir (Westmoreland County): Two tiger muskies of 37 and 45 inches were caught in quick succession and released during the last week of September.
Donegal Lake (Westmoreland County): Several channel cats in the 30-inch range, including an 18-pounder, were caught recently on hot dogs fished off the bottom. A drawdown to control weed growth is expected to start soon.
Conemaugh River (Westmoreland, Indiana counties): Fish and Boat noted catches of large carp, smallmouths and freshwater drum larger than 10 pounds.
Keystone Lake (Armstrong County): A largemouth bass in the 3-pound class was taken last week.
Quemahoning Reservoir (Somerset County): An angler reported recently sighting a 24-inch walleye, and some crappies, smallmouths and a northern were caught.
High Point Lake (Somerset County): Northerns, bass, perch and crappies were caught. A drawdown used to manage aquatic plant growth and fish population is expected to begin soon.
Canoe Creek Lake (Blair County): A drawdown expected to lower the 155-acre lake by 5 feet is under way to accommodate a state park improvement project. The partial drainage will remain in effect until March, 2013.
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First Published October 5, 2012 12:00 am