Western Pennsylvania fishing report

Bob Frye
| Friday, June 3, 2011

A look at where the fish are biting around Western Pennsylvania:

» Anglers fishing Keystone State Park's lake have been catching bluegills, crappies and largemouth bass from shore, using worms and maggots as bait. A few trout also have been caught.

» At Presque Isle Bay, smallmouth bass have been hitting well, largely on jigs, and bluegills have been hitting in the shallows. Yellow perch and walleyes also are being caught.

» At Lake Erie, lake trout, some within a pound or two of the state record, are being caught. Anglers trolling spoons have been catching the most fish.

» Loyalhanna Creek saw a lot of action over the holiday weekend, with fishermen getting trout, smallmouth bass and rock bass on wax worms, meal worms and nightcrawlers.

» Anglers caught "a ton of fish" at Lake Wilhelm over the weekend, said Bob Mohra of Fergie's Bait Shop in Sandy Lake. Walleyes, crappies and bluegills were being caught, from shore and boats, using nightcrawlers, small minnows and jigs tipped with wax worms and maggots.

» Pymatuning Lake also got a lot of fishing pressure over the weekend, with anglers getting lots of walleyes. Most were on the short side, but Larry Leas of Pittsburgh caught a 27-inch, 6-pound fish on a green jighead with a green curly-tail tipped with a golden shiner. Worm harnesses also were catching fish, as were Storm Hot N' Tots. Crappies also were being taken on white marabou jigs and minnows.

» There has been little fishing pressure on the Yough River, which has lost some of its color but still was flowing fast as of midweek.

» Anglers fishing Linn Run with red worms have been picking up a few small brook trout and a handful of browns.

» Anglers fishing structures in shallow water at Shenango Dam were getting crappies in jigs and minnows. A few walleyes also have been caught on crawler harnesses.

» Canonsburg Lake has been giving up some rainbow trout along with channel cats that have been hitting livers and nightcrawlers.

» The Beaver River has been too high for good fishing.

» Harbor Acres Lake has been giving up bass and panfish, mainly bluegills, to those fishing with worms. A few trout have been hitting, too.

» Cross Creek Lake has been producing crappies for those fishing with minnows. Bass action has been on the slower side.

» Anglers targeting Laurel Hill Creek were getting some trout over the weekend, mainly on meal worms, maggots and, to a lesser degree, spinners.

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