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Fishing report: Anglers faring well at Yellow Creek

| Saturday, April 28, 2018, 3:36 p.m.
First day of trout season, Sat. April 15, at Yellow Creek State Park. Chuck Ream of Johnstown at his favorite fishing spot guaranteed he would catch some fish.
Bruce Siskawicz | Trib Total Media
First day of trout season, Sat. April 15, at Yellow Creek State Park. Chuck Ream of Johnstown at his favorite fishing spot guaranteed he would catch some fish.

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Fishing report

• Yellow Creek is a promising spot to explore for the beginning of trout season, with anglers reporting catches using a variety of setups including live bait, spoons, spinners and wet flies. The fishing is going particularly well in the upper reaches of the creek, near Route 422.

• Blue Spruce Lake received its stocking of trout last week, and since then, fishermen are reporting plenty of rainbow trout action.

• Little Chartiers Creek and nearby Millers Run are offering up some of the better fishing in Washington County. The trout are biting at a wide range of baits in both locations, though spinners reportedly yield the best results.

• Anglers fishing the Monongahela River in Washington County are catching and releasing smallmouth bass and walleye.

• The trout in Browns Creek are biting mostly during the evening hours. Anglers are utilizing spinners and paste baits in the faster sections of the creek to much success.

• In Armstrong County, Plum Creek is shaping up to be a fruitful spot for fishermen after receiving an in-season stocking of trout last week. For bait, live minnows are generating high catch rates.

• At Montour Run, anglers are reeling in a good deal of trout using live minnows and a range of paste baits. Fishermen are asked to pinch down the barbs on their hooks if they are practicing catch and release.

• In Allegheny County, the Ohio River is offering up a variety of fish, including walleye, smallmouth bass and freshwater drum to the anglers fishing its waters. According to reports, soft plastic swim baits and hard plastic minnow look-alikes are working well as setups.

• Big Sewickley Creek is harboring trout. Fishermen are having success using live minnows and paste baits to get the trout nibbling.

• The Beaver River appears to be a good spot to hit for any angler who is looking to avoid trout. Below the New Brighton Dam, the river is a hot spot for smallmouth bass, muskellunge and some decently sized walleye.

• At Pymatuning Reservoir, anglers are picking up walleye toward the north end of the lake using jigs and stickbaits. In addition to the walleye, fishermen also report a few yellow perch and crappie catches around the shallow structures of the lake. For the perch and crappie, jigs tipped with minnows under a float is a productive strategy.

• The crappie bite is strong at Conneaut Lake, with anglers reporting most of their catches in the north end of the lake. The go-to bait for many has been jigs tipped with a minnow, or wax worms.

• Kahle Lake is offering up plenty of different catches to anglers fishing its waters, including bluegill, yellow perch, crappie and largemouth bass.

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