District Fishing Report: 8.24.12
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The state's final Fish For Free Day of 2012 will be Sept. 3. Residents and non-residents may legally fish with no fishing license on all Pennsylvania waterways. All other fishing regulations apply.
Lake Erie: Mike Getto of McMurray boated walleyes of 28 and 30 inches off Ashtabula, Ohio. Fishing northwest out of Walnut Creek at 57 feet, one angler iced 104 small perch.
Pymatuning Reservoir (Crawford County): Anglers reported good walleye fishing.
Lake Wilhelm (Mercer County): Bass fishing continued to be slow and anglers had much of the lake to themselves. Fish and Boat and the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources will have a Family Fishing Program from 9 a.m.-noon Sept. 1 at Goddard State Park. Tackle and bait will be provided and no fishing license is required. Preregister at 814-683-5126.
Shenango Lake (Mercer County): With the lake 4 feet below summer pool level, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will waive boat launch fees for the rest of the year at Mahaney Recreation Area Launch, Clark Recreation Area Launch and Shenango Recreation Area Launch. Hartford Road Launch, Parker's Landing Launch and Golden Run Boat Launch were closed. Call 724-646-1124 for details.
Allegheny River (Venango County): Shore fishing with live minnows July 14, Nicholas Gniewkowski of Oil City landed a 401???2-inch muskellunge weighing 15 pounds.
Lake Arthur (Butler County): Hybrid striped bass as big as 20 inches continued to be caught. Adam Boswell of Meridian caught an 18-inch channel cat in Muddy Creek Bay.
Ohio River (Beaver County): Rick Meeks of Wellsville, Ohio, won the final installment of the Chester Newell Sportsmen's Club Catfish Tournament Aug. 18 with a 42-incher.
Allegheny River (Allegheny County): The summer wave of big cats continued. A Verona man fishing with an 8-inch creek chub released a 45-inch, 35-pound flathead around midnight Aug. 19 near Lock 3. Fish and Boat noted recent catches of gar, channel catfish, smallmouth bass, white bass and a few walleyes, most caught on live minnows. Good fishing was reported near the Hulton Bridge and Harmar Access.
Pine Creek (Allegheny County): Ethan Williams, 6, and Aidan Williams, 10, of Allison Park caught their first fish Aug. 15 while fishing with their grandfather Dave Anderson, also of Allison Park. Ethan landed a 9-inch rainbow trout. Aidan pulled in a 9-inch largemouth, 12-inch catfish and 13-inch sucker. Both boys also caught sublegal smallmouths.
Ten Mile Creek (Washington County): Fish and Boat reports that Brian Blaker and David Blaker of Rice's Landing caught a legal muskellunge Aug. 11.
Allegheny River (Westmoreland County): Catches of channel cats and smallmouth bass were reported near the Monessen Access.
Youghiogheny River (Westmoreland County): With water levels low, fishing was light from Smithton to Sutersville.
Donegal Lake (Westmoreland County): While regional fishing has been off through much of the summer, anglers have done better at Donegal Lake with recent catches of largemouths, bluegills and trout reported. A 6-pound largemouth was caught on the surface and released.
Clear Shade Creek (Somerset County): Last week the state completed a stocking of leftover hatchery brook trout. Water conditions were favorable.
Quemahoning Reservoir (Somerset County): A 23-inch brown trout was caught on a deep-diving crank bait. Anglers reported catches of largemouths, smallmouths and bullheads.
Lake Somerset (Somerset County): With this Big Bass impoundment still down 6 feet for aquatic plant management, anglers caught a few bass and several channel catfish.
High Point Lake (Somerset County): Last week a fish habitat project was completed by Fish and Boat and volunteers. The lake will be drawn down for aquatic plant control after Labor Day through the autumn.
Cranberry Glade Lake (Somerset County): Big bass, muskies and northerns were hooked, and sometimes lost, in the weed banks. Channel cats were caught from shore in the evening.
Youghiogheny River (Fayette, Somerset counties): A state stocking of rainbow trout is scheduled for 1 p.m. Aug. 30 from the dam to the Casselman River.
Youghiogheny River Lake (Fayette, Somerset counties): With typically low summer water levels, anglers caught bass, catfish and nice-sized crappies. Launching from Jockey Hollow Access was difficult.
Spring Creek (Centre County): Despite predictably low and clear flow, trout were caught at Spring Creek Canyon on trico spinner patterns.
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First Published August 24, 2012 12:00 am