District fishing report: 04.14.17 – Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Most area anglers are likely to get wet during the opening weekend of the statewide trout season. Scattered thunderstorms are predicted for the Pittsburgh region Saturday, with an 80 percent chance of thunderstorms Sunday. Showers and thunderstorms are expected to fall on State College and the Laurel Highlands. Anglers heading north to the Erie watershed basin, however, will likely fish under mostly sunny skies, temperatures in the high 60s and low 70s and a low chance of rain. Remember that small fast streams drain quicker than large streams, and lakes are less affected by rain.

Lake Erie and tributaries (Erie County): Brown trout are expected to be stocked today in parts of Cascade, Crooked, Elk and Twentymile creeks. The Presque Isle ponds and Upper Gravel Pit ponds were stocked with browns last week. If the trout aren’t biting, anglers were picking off yellow perch all along the Bayfront shore.

Ross Run (Forest County): The Kellettville Sportsman’s Club was planning a children’s fishing derby April 22 at the Children Only Fishing Area. Children must be 12 or younger to participate.

North Park Lake (Allegheny County): Dozens of young anglers took their adult mentors to North Park for Saturday’s statewide Mentored Youth Fishing Day. Managed under the Stocked Trout Waters Open to Year-Round Fishing program, the lake has been heavily fished, but plenty of rainbow trout remain. The lake was last stocked March 27.

Allegheny River (Allegheny County): High water disrupted a short run of good fishing, but smallmouths remained active near creek mouths.

Montour Run (Allegheny County): Browns and rainbows were stocked Thursday from Trout Run to the Hassam Road Bridge.

Turtle Creek (Allegheny County): The first of two stockings of browns and rainbows happened Thursday at points from Saunders Station Road to the mouth of Brush Creek in Trafford.

Long Run (Allegheny County): Browns and rainbows were stocked Wednesday along Route 48 from Lincoln Way in White Oak to just below Marshall Drive.

Flaugherty Run (Allegheny County): Browns were stocked Thursday from Boggs run to the creek’s mouth at the Ohio River.

Mill Creek (Westmoreland County): Fish and Boat was expected to perform a preseason stocking of rainbow trout today from Waterford to the mouth at Loyalhanna Creek.

Shannon Run (Westmoreland County): Brook trout were expected to be stocked today from above Wildcat Road to the mouth at the Conemaugh River.

Canonsburg Lake (Washington County): Part of the Stocked Trout Waters Open to Year-Round Fishing program and the site of a lot of Mentored Youth Fishing Day excitement, Canonsburg Lake has had a lot of “preseason” fishing. But Fish and Boat provided a heavy stocking of rainbow trout April 3.

North Fork Dunkard Fork Wheeling Creek (Greene County): Fish and Boat reported that a few young anglers landed rainbow trout in the 20-22 inch range near the iron bridge at Ryerson Station State Park.

Dunlap Lake (Fayette County): Korey Gilmore, 8, of Glassport caught a 207⁄8-inch golden rainbow on April 8, the statewide Mentored Youth Fishing Day.

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