Fishing report: Trout action picks up and crappies coming on

Bob Frye
| Friday, April 26, 2013, 12:20 a.m.

• Trout season may have started slowly, but the action has picked up, at least in places. Anglers have been doing well on Big Sandy Creek and Meadow Run, said Scott Gates of S&S Tackle in Chalk Hill. Butterworms, minnows and Kastmaster spoons have all been taking fish.

• The outflow area of the Yough River has likewise been producing for those using nightcrawlers and salmon eggs.

• Loyalhanna Creek has been giving up trout, with a 23-inch palomino caught on waxworms near the causeway. Elsewhere on the stream, browns and rainbows were said to be hitting white rooster tails with bronze blades.

• Crappies as well as trout have been hitting at Upper Twin Lake for those fishing with minnows, said Martha Martino of Jimmy's Bait Shop in South Greensburg.

• Crappies, mostly small, have been hitting at Lake Arthur, said Jerry O'Donnell of O'Donnell's Sports Supplies in Portersville. Minnows, jigs and wax worms have been taking fish.

• The trout fishing was slow at Harbor Acres Lake near Butler this week. Some panfish were being caught, however.

• On the Beaver River, fishermen have been taking crappies, with some longer than 12 inches. Two muskies longer than 40 inches were also landed near the Townsend Dam, according to a Fish and Boat Commission report.

• Flaugherty Run and Montour Creek have been giving up trout, according to reports.

• On the Ohio River, anglers have been doing well catching and releasing walleyes in the 20- to 24-inch range near the mouth of Montour Creek, said Wayne Lykens of Island Firearms. Some small striped bass have also been reported.

• The Allegheny River has been giving up walleyes to those fishing in the Kittanning area, said Mark Transue of Transue's Bait. Muskies have been active farther upriver, he added.

• Slippery Rock Creek has been giving up trout to those fishing with spinners and live baits.

• The trout fishing was slow early in the week at North Park Lake, but had picked up by Wednesday, said Dwight Yingling of North Park Sports Shop. Seven-year-old Dane Fazio caught an 18-inch golden rainbow there on the season's second day.

• Pine Creek was also giving up trout, with several fish in excess of 20 inches reported.

• At Lake Wilhelm, anglers have been taking bluegills and crappies around launches 3 and 4 and near the Sheakleyville Bridge. Jigs tipped with wax worms and maggots have been the hot baits.

• Anglers on the Monongahela River near Charleroi have been picking up walleyes on minnows, shiners and nightcrawlers, according D.R. Plants of Shadlure in West Elizabeth. White bass were hitting near the mouth of Pigeon Creek. Drum and catfish have been hitting around Point Marion.

• Crappies have started hitting at Yough Dam, as have the bass, according to one report.

• The outflow area of Crooked Creek Dam has been giving up consistent catches of crappies, according to a Fish and Boat Commission report.

• At Canonsburg Lake, anglers have reported catching good numbers of rainbow trout on live baits.

• Buffalo Creek has been fishing well, with lots of trout left over from what was a slow opening weekend.

• At Donegal Lake, 10-year-old Ayden Kelley was in a boat trolling with a crankbait when he caught an 8-pound, 25.5-inch rainbow trout.

• Raccoon Lake has been giving up limits of trout to those using paste baits and trout magnets tipped with maggots, according to a Fish and Boat Commission report.

• At Pymatuning Lake, the crappie fishing has been hit and miss, according to multiple reports. Some big slab-sided fish have been reported, caught in minnows and jigs, and some yellow perch have been caught, but there's been no consistency to the action. Walleyes have been hitting near the Route 285 causeway.

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