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Fishing report: Wet weather slows action locally

| Thursday, May 1, 2014, 9:30 p.m.

• Wet weather around the region has kept more than a few fishermen indoors, according to multiple reports from around the region. Pressure on area waters has dropped considerably in recent days compared to last weekend.

• Steve Knebel of Cranberry Township had quite a day's fishing at Lake Arthur recently, though. Fishing from a boat with chatterbaits, he caught six hybrid striped bass weighing a combined 42-plus pounds. They ranged between 22 12 inches and 5 pounds, 3 ounces and 25 ¾ inches and 10 pounds, 5 ounces.

• Otherwise, the fishing around the region has slowed in recent days because of all the rain. At North Park Lake, for example, anglers were getting trout up until the weekend, using red meal worms and minnows, but fishing pressure has dropped since, according to a report from North Park Sports Shop. One angler fishing from a kayak did catch and release a bass weighing more than 5 pounds this week.

• The delayed harvest portion of Buffalo Creek flowing through Armstrong County was giving up rainbow trout to anglers using brightly colored lures, according to a Fish and Boat Commission report.

• Small walleyes are hitting in the Allegheny River immediately below the various dams, according to one report.

Anglers fishing those same areas of the river with suckers and, to a lesser degree, artificial baits are picking up muskies, according to Transue's Bait and Tackle.

• Walleyes have also started to hit a bit on the Monongahela, likewise below locks and dams, according to another.

• Trout fishermen were doing very well on garlic-scented Powerbait eggs at Dunlap Creek Lake until the rains this week, according to a report from Cap'N Al's Bait Shop. One angler checked in with a 4-pound, 22-inch rainbow trout, and several palominos were reported as well.

• At Lake Wilma, anglers are getting panfish near shore and trout by fishing farther out in deeper water, according to a Fish and Boat Commission report.

• Anglers at Crooked Creek Lake are picking up a few crappies, but no especially large catches or large fish were reported yet.

• Mammoth Dam was getting good crowds of fishermen who were doing well on trout using minnows and butterworms prior to this week's wet weather, according to a report from Swivel's Bait Shop.

• Donegal Lake recently gave up a musky that was reportedly in the 40-inch class.

• Enlow Fork and North Fork Dunkard Fork are producing trout, with everything from live baits to paste baits taking fish, according to a Fish and Boat Commission report.

• Loyalhanna Creek and Fourmile Run were stocked last week and the trout fishing was good in the days that followed, according to a Fish and Boat Commission report. Rising water levels have slowed that a bit, however. The area of Loyalhanna Creek around Mission Road Bridge didn't get any fish because of construction in that area, but a section of the stream from Ligonier Beach to Zimmerman Run did.

• The Fish and Boat Commission will hold its mentored youth trout day May 10, at select waters. They will be stocked with fish May 9, and fishing will be closed from noon that day through 8 a.m. May 10. Youngsters and adult mentors who have registered at GoneFishingPA.com will then be allowed to fish, with a two-fish limit per person. Lakes in the program include Laurel Hill Lake, Dunlap Creek Lake, Lower Twin Lake, Mammoth Dam, Canonsburg Lake, North Park Lake, Lake Rowena, Harbar Acres Lake and Buhl Lake.

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

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