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Fishing report

Bob Frye
| Friday, June 13, 2008

Anglers fishing the Beaver River at New Brighton Dam have been getting walleyes, saugers, hybrid striped bass and even muskies and pike, said waterways conservation officer Emmett Kyler. Twister tails and live baits have been the best.

• At Lake Erie, the walleye and perch action has been picking up, with limits becoming more common and fish as large as 25 inches not unheard of. The best walleye action has been in shallower water west of Walnut Creek. Perch have been north of Walnut Creek and Trout Run in 35 feet of water.

• Anglers continue to do well on several Westmoreland County trout streams, including Loyalhanna Creek and Fourmile Run, according to waterways conservation officer Ron Evancho.

• The Allegheny River has been giving up fish, too. Nine-year-old Bryan Jae of Brackenridge caught a 20.5-inch smallmouth bass near Tarentum using a minnow. John Tort of New Kensington was fishing with Tom Kotoff and had already stringered several big channel cats when he caught a 36-inch flathead catfish at the Oakmont pool.

• Bass and yellow perch have been providing fishermen with action at Keystone State Park Lake. A few trout are still being caught, too.

• The trout fishing has really slowed at Upper and Lower Twin Lakes, said Martha Martino of Jimmy's Bait Shop in South Greensburg. Anglers have been getting bass, however.

• Anglers tossing live minnows have been doing very well on channel cats in Ten Mile Creek, said John Ozohonish of Ozie's Sports Shop in Rices Landing. The creek is also producing some walleyes and bass.

• The Monongahela River was running high and muddy as of Thursday, limiting the amount of fishing pressure there.

• The Yough River has seen a little more fishing pressure, with anglers picking up smallmouth bass, a few trout and some saugers.

• Yellow Creek Lake saw a fair amount of fishing pressure over the weekend, with anglers getting bass and panfish on minnows and nightcrawlers, according to one report from the area.

• The three lakes in Deer Lakes Park have started to get thick with weeds, but anglers have been targeting panfish there, as well as picking up a few bass.

• Warmer water temperatures have sparked the hybrid striped bass to start hitting in the shallows at night at Lake Arthur, according to Ron Anderson of Appalachian Trails in Prospect. Fishermen have also being doing well on catfish, and several crappies weighing in excess of 1.5 pounds have been caught, too.

• Yough Dam has been giving up lots of nice crappies, according to John Spittal of Nicklow's Bait and Tackle in Addison. Fish between 11 and 14.4 inches have been hitting small shiners, fatheads, Mini Foo jigs and even nightcrawlers.

• Bob Lytle of Ursina had an experience to remember while fishing at Yough Dam. He had hooked a 10-inch bass and was reeling it in when a 26-inch northern pike swallowed the fish. Lytle was able to land both fish and the bass, while nicked up, survived the experience.

• At Mammoth Dam, anglers have been getting bluegills on live baits bass on worms and artificials.

• Anglers using waxworms have been pulling trout out of Laurel Hill Creek. Some of the fish have been in the 20-inch range.

• The crappie fishing has been pretty slow at Acme, even though anglers have bee fishing it with minnows, said John Dressler of Red's Bait Shop in Acme. Bluegills have been providing some sport, however.

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