District Fishing Report: 6.29.12
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Lake Erie (Erie County): Kurt Tintelnot of Banksville took smallmouths 18 and 24 inches, as well as a dozen smaller bass on Presque Isle.
Walnut Creek (Erie County): As part of a marina upgrade, drilling operations will take place in the channel July 9-10. The marina and ramp will remain open during drilling. Boaters are advised to proceed with caution.
Conneaut Lake (Crawford County): Several nice bass and lots of sunfish and perch were caught June 23-24.
Allegheny River (Forest County): Jigging a worm on 6-pound test line while wading near Tionesta on the evening of June 23, Kevin Rafferty of Oakdale hauled in a 43-inch, 34-pound carp as well as seven smallmouths
Crooked Creek Lake (Armstrong County): The crappie bite has slowed, but anglers reported catching small bass and one 4-pound-plus largemouth.
Raccoon Lake (Beaver County): June 20 staff from Fish and Boat and the state Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, as well as Boy Scouts, Webelos and Cub Scouts from local troops, built and placed 10 fish habitat cribs. Many panfish were reported, and a 15-inch bass was released.
Kiskiminetas River (Westmoreland, Armstrong counties): Several large freshwater drum were landed, but few catches of legal smallmouths were reported.
Loyalhanna Lake (Westmoreland County): The 3,722-acre U.S. Army Corps of Engineers flood control project gave up several channel cats in excess of 24 inches. The state Fish and Boat Commission reports releases of a 16-pound tiger musky and a largemouth weighing nearly 6 pounds.
Conemaugh River (Westmoreland, Indiana counties): Sublegal smallmouths and lots of sunfish were caught near the mouth.
The Point (Allegheny County): Boaters are advised of restrictions on the Allegheny, Monongahela and Ohio rivers during the Three Rivers Regatta June 30-July 4. Boats may not be moored at the wall July 1.
Allegheny River (Allegheny County): A substantial mayfly hatch was under way on Downtown waters. A nice channel cat was landed on fly gear June 24 at Point State Park. Upstream, several 15-inch saugers were caught.
Monongahela River (Allegheny County): At about 8:30 p.m. June 24, Angelo Talarico of West Mifflin released a 26-inch longnose gar near the South Side. Caught on cut bait with a spinning rod and 8-pound test line, the fish surfaced on the strike was brought in easily. Native to Pennsylvania waters, fossilized records of longnose gar date back 100,000 years. The fish is currently listed as a candidate for endangered species status. A nice channel catfish was caught on a piece of deli-cooked chicken breast near the Steelers' practice field.
High Point Lake (Somerset County): Fish and Boat reports that Paige Dukic, 11, of Elizabeth Township, caught a 14-inch largemouth June 16. Reports of 5- and 7-pound bass were noted. Some panfish, perch and northerns were taken.
Youghiogheny River (Somerset County): A state stocking of brown and rainbow trout is scheduled for today from the dam to the Casselman River. The stocking truck meets at 1 p.m. at the Youghiogheny Dam park office.
Casselman River (Somerset County): Good smallmouth action was reported from Boynton to Markleton.
Spring Creek (Centre County): With good flow for summer, anglers were capitalizing on a morning trico hatch. Hot patterns included male and female spinners in No. 22-26, and tan and olive bird of prey caddis 14 to 16.
Little Juniata (Blair County): Low, clear waters hampered fishing, but some fly anglers hooked trout on caddis larva patterns and other small nymphs.
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First Published June 29, 2012 12:00 am