District Fishing Report: 11.21.12
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Fishing licenses for 2013 will be available Dec. 1. In an addition to its menu of licenses, for the first time the state Fish and Boat Commission will sell 3-year and 5-year fishing licenses. Access http://www.fish.state.pa.us for details.
Lake Erie tributaries (Erie County): Water levels were dropping since last week on the larger creeks, and all of the tribs were low and clear with temperatures in the mid 40s. Steelheads were clustered in the deeper pools, and while a few nice catches were reported on Walnut, Elk, Twentymile and Sixteenmile, the chromers were generally skittish. Rain and snow showers predicted for today and Saturday could raise water levels, and the opening of the statewide rifle deer season Monday was expected to ease angling pressure.
Neshannock Creek (Lawrence County): Following a state stocking in October, lots of trout were in the water with few anglers seeking them. Good flow and light green stain were apparent in the Delayed Harvest Artificial Lures Only area. Midweek the creek was starting to drop.
Monongahela River (Allegheny, Westmoreland, Washington counties): Fishing was slow, but some nice catfish were caught near Elizabeth.
High Point Lake (Somerset County): The lake was being drawn down 10 feet for vegetation control. Small vessels were able to launch at the North Access ramp.
Youghiogheny River Lake (Somerset, Fayette counties): Walleyes were active at 20-35 feet, and small northerns, bass and catfish were caught. Most boating access was closed due to low water levels, but the Big Bend Access ramp was open.
Youghiogheny River (Somerset, Fayette counties): Rising water made fishing difficult and angling pressure was light.
Little Juniata River (Huntingdon County): Low, clear and in the 50s with spawning trout. Green Weenies (size 12-14) and Green Caddis Larva (14-18) were productive.
Spring Creek (Centre County): Normal autumn flow, with clear water temperatures in the mid-50s. Anglers used midges (22-26), Tan Caddis (16-18) and streamers fished along the banks.
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First Published November 21, 2012 4:34 pm