With trout season set to open at 8 a.m. Saturday, the West Newton Sportsmen's Club is putting a double load of fish in the Yough River at 6 this evening.
The $2,500 load of fish will include more that are tagged for prizes. That will bring to 125 the number of tagged trout stocked so far.
Anglers have caught a few of those fish already.
"The river's been perfect," said Stan Sanner, stocking chairman for the club. "It's been a little cool to fish, but the river's been perfect."
Elsewhere, anglers are reminded that Westmoreland County's Twin Lakes, Northmoreland, Mammoth, and Bridgeport Dam parks don't open to fishing until 6 a.m. Saturday. No one will be allowed in the parks before that.
At Glendale Lake in Prince Gallitzin State Park, fishermen have been getting crappies around the docks at the park's marina. They've been a bit small, averaging six to eight inches. Crappies in the eight- to 10-inch range, with a few 12-inchers, have been caught at the lower section of Slate Lick Branch near the blow-down area. All of the fish have been caught on small minnows or jigs.
There are still some steelhead in Lake Erie's tributary streams, mostly jacks, along with lots of suckers. The steelhead have been hitting on sucker spawn, shiners and wooly buggers.
At Conneaut Lake, shoreline fishing for bluegills in the northern canals has begun to pick up.
Walleye have been caught at the spillway and the causeway at Pymatuning Lake. The crappie and perch fishing has been slow, however. An angler named Ben Furrer caught a 49-inch musky on April 3 at Pymatuning.
In Armstrong County, anglers have reportedly been getting some nice trout from the delayed harvest section of Buffalo Creek using sucker spawn.
Anglers have been picking up walleye and sauger near the Point Marion and Maxwell locks on the Monongahela River.
In Beaver County, anglers have been getting walleye, sauger, musky, pike and striped bass from the Beaver River, and sauger, walleye and stripers below the locks on the Ohio River. One angler caught a 17-inch crappie, while another landed a 14-pound striper.
Few people have been fishing lately, but the delayed harvest section of Loyalhanna Creek was giving up nice trout until the cold spell hit.
- By Bob Frye