Fishing report: Cold, wet weather plays havoc with fishing

Bob Frye
| Thursday, May 15, 2014, 11:27 p.m.

• All of the rain that has fallen this week has impacted the fishing. Loyalhanna Creek was running high, fast and muddy, flowing over the road at Sleepy Hollow, limiting all fishing there.

• Anglers fishing at Pymatuning Lake over the weekend were said to be getting walleyes on nightcrawlers, according to multiple reports. The crappie fishing was spotty, with just 64 of 114 teams in the annual Pymatuning Lake Association crappie tournament weighing in fish. Bobby Garland baits tipped with a waxworm or minnow caught some fish.

• Trout are hitting on the delayed harvest section of Buffalo Creek in Armstrong County, according to a Fish and Boat Commission report. Black stonefly hatches weren observed below the dams on Crooked Creek and Mahoning Creek, but there has been little fishing pressure there.

• Small walleyes were hitting on the Allegheny River below the Crooked Creek Lake outflow and downstream of lock and dam 6. Walleyes and bass are being reported in the area between Emlenton and Parker. The walleyes are being caught on shiners while the bass are being caught on crank baits.

• Paste baits and minnows are taking trout at Bradys Run Lake in Beaver County, according to a commission report. Anglers fishing from boats are taking trout with spinners.

• Jigs tipped with maggots are taking crappies and bluegills from shore at Lake Wilhelm. Anglers fishing shallow weed beds were said to be doing well on largemouth bass.

• Anglers have started picking up a few large flatheads on the Ohio River. Bluegills are the top bait.

• In Fayette County, trout are hitting pretty well at Dunlap Lake, according to a commission report.

• Anglers are getting trout and some channel catfish from the Yough River.

• At Lake Arthur, anglers are picking up bluegills and yellow perch, mostly on maggots and minnows, but the crappie bite is a little slow, according to reports. Bass are hitting, too, but there's been little word on walleyes.

• A few crappies were caught at Lake Somerset, though the best fishing was from shore. The drawdown of the lake has made launching a boat difficult. A few channel catfish and carp were also reported.

• Cross Creek Lake is giving up bass to those tossing artificials, while the crappie action is hit and miss. A few large crappies were reported, though, with minnows a top bait.

• At Yough Dam, anglers are getting a few walleyes.

• Laurel Hill Lake is giving up a good many trout to fishermen, with live baits accounting for most of the action.

• At Lake Erie, boat anglers are doing well on yellow perch off Walnut Creek and in Presque Isle Bay. Shore anglers are having sporadic success with yellow perch in the Erie Channel and around Presque Isle State Park. Anglers fishing Misery Bay with Rat-L-Traps were doing well on largemouth bass.

• At Shenango Dam, a few walleyes were caught by those tossing live baits. The crappies being caught are still coming from deeper water.

• Acme Dam's crappies seem a bit behind schedule, too, according to reports. Anglers are picking up a few, along with bluegills and some bullhead catfish by fishing nightcrawlers.

• Meanwhile, if you have got fishing on the mind but can't get out because of the rain, the Chestnut Ridge chapter of Trout Unlimited is showing the film “Where the Yellowstone Goes” at 7 p.m. Saturday at State Theatre Center for the Arts in Uniontown. Doors open at 6 p.m. Tickets are $10 and will be sold at the door. The movie follows a 30-day drift boat journey down the longest undammed river in the lower 48 states. Proceeds benefit the local Chestnut Ridge Chapter of Trout Unlimited and their efforts to conserve the Yough.

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