District Fishing Report: 7.20.12
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French Creek (Crawford County): Lots of northerns and muskies, and a few walleyes, were caught. Anglers reported decent smallmouth activity.
Shenango River (Mercer County): Despite low flow July 13, Dan O'Connell, 14, and Joe O'Connell, 11, of West Mifflin were pitching crawlers for perch and panfish when a 32-inch musky attacked a panfish during the retrieve.
Shenango Lake (Mercer County): Hybrid white bass, which usually move in at dusk on baitfish this time of year, were less active. Crappies remained active, and some big channel catfish were caught at night.
Lake Wilhelm (Mercer County): A combination of hot weather and poor fishing stifled activity, but anglers who had the lake mostly to themselves reported catching bass in the 15- to 18-inch range and nice-size crappies. Some reported losing what they believed were legal-size muskies.
Allegheny River (Venango County): Boating advisory: A big log was lodged perpendicular to the flow on the eastern shore above the 3rd Street Launch at Franklin. Smallmouths were taking jigs and fluke baits.
Piney Dam (Clarion County): Bass were active, channel cats were hitting at night, and anglers trolling the shorelines mornings and evening picked up walleyes.
Clarion River (Clarion County): Upstream, smallmouths and trout were caught near Cathers and Blyson runs, while down below bass and walleyes were active. Nice channel cats were caught at night near the confluence with the Allegheny River.
Lake Arthur, Butlet County:
The heat of recent weeks pushed fish down and kept many anglers off the water. Nevertheless, lots of bass were caught and walleyes were picked off submerged road beds. The Post-Gazette will host a Family Fishing Tent during the Regatta at Lake Arthur Aug. 4-5.
Allegheny River (Allegheny County): Too hot for fish and anglers. Bass action slowed, but some nice channel cats were caught.
Pine Creek (Allegheny County): Despite low, clear water, Steve Turner of Harmarville lucked onto a deep, shady pool during a caddis hatch and released a half-dozen surface-caught trout in the Delayed Harvest Artificial Lures Only section.
Glendale Lake (Cambria County): Anglers reported catches of bass, crappies and walleye.
Cross Creek Lake (Washington County): Overall fishing slowed, but Mike Zavallo of Bentleyville reported catching a 28-inch walleye weighing just under 7 pounds, and had another one on.
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First Published July 20, 2012 5:51 pm