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Fishing report: Trout hitting well in most locations

| Friday, April 18, 2014, 5:21 p.m.

• Joe Walton of Mt. Pleasant had quite a memorable opening day of trout season. Fishing on Little Mahoning Creek, he landed not one but two trophy trout. He caught a rainbow trout that went almost 24 inches and five pounds, the followed that up with a 19-inch, 3-pound palomino.

• Anglers at Harbar Acres Lake near Butler have been doing well on trout since opening day. Anglers have taken quite a few limits, with minnows and butter worms among the hot baits.

• The fishing has been slow on the Allegheny River, according to a Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission report. High water is to blame.

• Things have been better on the Beaver River. Fishing in the area of Townsend Dam, anglers have caught a number of walleyes and muskies in recent days, with jerkbaits and shiners taking fish.

• John Metzger of the North Hills was fishing Pine Creek on opening day of trout season when he landed a 20-inch golden rainbow. It was one of seven he landed that day on a white Mini Foo jig baited with a Powergrub. Trout were hitting in North Park Lake the following day on rainbow Powerbait.

• The fishing has been a little slow at Indian Lake, but anglers have been taking some trout on Powerbait.

• Lake Wilma has been giving up some trout to anglers fishing butter worms and minnows below a bobber.

• Derek Donnelly of Ross Township caught a trout to remember on opening day. He landed a 22-inch rainbow on upper Pine Creek.

• Laurel Hill Lake has been giving up some trout since opening day, with pastebaits taking fish.

• At Keystone State Park, anglers have not only been getting trout, but the crappie bite has already started, according to one report. Anglers fishing near the swimming beach were picking up crappies on minnows.

• Fishermen at Lake Arthur have been getting a few bluegills and yellow perch, with the occasional crappie mixed in. Wax worms and minnows have been the top live baits.

• Wax worms and mealworms have been taking fish on Bull and Deer creeks, according to a Fish and Boat Commission report.

• Anglers have been taking trout at both Upper and Lower Twin lakes, though the Lower lake has been getting a bit more pressure. Powerbait, red worms and nightcrawlers have all taken fish. Bluegills have also been hitting.

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

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