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Fishing report: Trout action good, crappie bite still tepid

Bob Frye
| Thursday, April 24, 2014, 9:03 p.m.

• The trout fishing continues to be good in most places across the region. Plum Creek is giving up some nice palomino trout, with meal worms and artificial baits the best producers.

• According to reports, trout are hitting pretty good in the Yough River near Smithton, with Huss lures taking many of the fish.

• At Kooser Lake, anglers were catching trout this past week, with butterworms the hot bait.

• Eight-year-old Wyatt John of Burgettstown was fishing Millers Run Creek when he caught a 25-inch rainbow trout.

• Anglers are taking trout at Donegal Lake by fishing with Powerbait. Bullhead catfish are hitting at dark for those using nightcrawlers and chicken livers.

• Numerous anglers are limiting out on trout on Montour Creek. Meal worms, waxworms and minnows have all caught fish.

• Canonsburg Lake gave up a 33-pound flathead catfish recently. The angler who caught it was trolling with a Joe's Fly for trout when he caught it.

• At Lake Arthur, fishermen are getting a fair number of smallish crappies, with a few bigger ones up to 16 inches mixed in. Minnows are the top bait.

• A few crappies were reported caught at Keystone Power Dam, but the bite hasn't turned on completely yet.

• Upper Twin Lake is producing trout for those fishing with minnows. Crappies also are hitting.

• Slippery Rock Creek is giving up trout to those fishing with meal worms, butterworms and minnows.

• At Lake Wilhelm, anglers are picking up bass, with one of nearly 8 pounds reported, as well as panfish. Bluegills and crappies are hitting around launch #3 and the Sheakleyville Bridge.

• The Ohio River is seeing some activity from catfish anglers using suckers and nightcrawlers, but there are no reports of especially big fish caught yet.

• On the Allegheny River, the limited number of anglers fishing in the area of Lock 3 have picked up a few walleyes, but the action isn't real consistent yet.

• Deer Creek is giving up some trout, however, with rainbows and palominos of near 5 pounds reported caught.

• Fishing near the mouth of Pigeon Creek on the Monongahela River, fishermen tossing minnows and shiners are been doing well on smallmouth bass and white bass. The area around Lock 4 and Maxwell is hot for walleyes.

• The delayed harvest section of Loyalhanna Creek is getting lots of pressure, with fishermen taking trout on Rooster Tails and flies. Downstream, near the Sleepy Hollow bridge, fishermen are getting trout on Powerbait.

• Various reports from Pymatuning Lake say the crappie bite is on the slow side. A few walleyes catches were reported by those fishing at dusk.

• Lake Erie's tributary streams still have some holdover steelhead in them. Anglers are getting a few on minnows and single eggs, according to reports.

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

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