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Fishing report: Yough Dam giving up Northern Pike

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Thursday, May 2, 2013, 11:24 p.m.

• Anglers fishing Yough Dam have been picking up lots of northern pike, some in the high-30-inch class, in shallow water using shiners, according to Scott Gates of S&S Bait and Tackle in Chalk Hill. A few walleyes have also been reported, but crappies have been scarce.

• Anglers have been taking a few crappies at Lake Wilhelm, but the bite has not yet started in earnest, according to one report.

• Harbor Acres Lake near Butler was giving up trout to anglers fishing with minnows this past week. A few fish were also being taken on Kastmasters and mealworms.

• The outflow area of the Yough River has been producing trout for those fishing with maggots, wax worms and spinners such as Joe's Flies.

• At Lower Twin Lake, anglers using minnows reported taking good numbers of trout and a few crappies this past week. Powerbait was also taking trout.

• Crappies were reportedly being caught at Keystone State Park Lake, but most were of average size. Minnows were taking the fish.

• Trout anglers have been doing well on Meadow Run in Fayette County, but it's been more hit and miss.

• Shenango Dam has been getting good numbers of fishermen, some targeting the outflow area for walleyes. Others fishing the main lake have been taking fair numbers of crappies around brushpiles.

• Smallmouth bass have been providing some action on the Allegheny River, with tube baits and jigs accounting for catches, according to multiple reports.

• At Lake Arthur, anglers have been getting decent numbers of crappies and some nice yellow perch, according to Jerry O'Donnell of O'Donnell's Sports Supplies of Portersville. Largemouth bass have also been hitting.

• Slippery Rock Creek has been giving up trout, but pressure has been surprisingly light, according to one report.

• A planned stocking of trout in Linn Run for Thursday was canceled because of complaints about the fish being unusually small, according to a Fish and Boat Commission report.

• Loyalhanna Dam anglers have been doing well on crappies, though many have been small.

• On Lake Erie, fishermen have been getting lake trout in 25 to 35 feet of water out of the North East Marina.

Bob Frye is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. Reach him at or via Twitter @bobfryeoutdoors.

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