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Fishing report: Consistent rains lead to inconsistent fishing

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Thursday, June 12, 2014, 9:00 p.m.

• The seemingly never-ending weekday rains had Loyalhanna Creek flowing high and muddy to the point of being unfishable Thursday.

• Fishermen the length of the Allegheny River have been doing well on catfish, according to Fish and Boat Commission officer Mike Walsh. Other species have been more hit and miss, he said. Anglers have been getting small sauger and rock bass near Lock 3 in Harmar Township, and some small walleyes near Lock 4 in Natrona.

• A few anglers have been out on the Yough River in the Whitsett and Perryopolis areas this week, but the water was high and muddy and catches were reportedly slow.

• The fishing has likewise been slow for those targeting bass on Yellow Creek Lake, according to a Fish and Boat Commission report.

• Lake Erie fishermen have been taking good numbers of jumbo perch, up to 14 inches, in 35 to 40 feet of water offshore from Walnut and Elk creeks and Trout Run, according to multiple reports.

• Anglers have been taking a few walleyes from the Monongahela River in Greene County, according to Fish and Boat Commission officer Eric Davis, but water conditions have made the action hit and miss, he said.

• Anglers have been getting crappies and a few other panfish on Lake Wilma and farm ponds in the Greene and Washington county areas.

• Acme Dam has been getting a fair bit of fishing pressure. Anglers in boats have been anchoring and getting crappies and bluegills, largely on minnows. Shore anglers fishing with nightcrawlers were catching a few bass and some bullhead catfish.

• Dutch Fork Lake anglers still have been picking up the occasional trout.

• Lake Wilhelm has been producing walleyes for those using worm harnesses, with those having orange blades working the best. Bass have been hitting in the southern end of the lake, according to reports.

• At Green Lick Lake, the fishing has been spotty, according to reports. There have been decent crowds on nice evenings, with some panfish and bass reported, along with the occasional channel cat. But the weather has made things inconsistent.

• At Pymatuning Lake, anglers have been getting lots of nice-sized yellow perch, according to multiple reports. The walleye action has been more sporadic, but anglers have been getting fish by drifting a nightcrawler singly or in combination with a jig. Leeches have been taking a few fish, too. Bass have been hitting in shallow, woody cover and over deeper weeds.

• At Laurel Hill Lake, the fishing reportedly has been slow overall, though anglers have been taking some bass and the occasional trout.

• At North Park Lake, fishermen have been getting some trout, with live baits and Powerbait accounting for many catches. Bass are being caught on nightcrawlers.

— Bob Frye

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