Fishing Report : Riverfront Park

Fishing Report : Riverfront Park ramp re-opens tomorrow
Friday, May 13, 2005 By Deborah Weisberg

After months of construction, boaters and anglers will be able to use the city’s only public boat ramp in Riverfront Park on the South Side beginning tomorrow morning.

The re-opening of the expanded launch, docks and handicap access fishing jetty on the Monongahela River off 18th Street comes a couple of weeks ahead of schedule, thanks to the contractor and supplier going the extra mile to solve a recent problem with pilings and docks, said project architect Al Kovacik.

Some minor work remains, including installation of riprap along the ramp, he said, but it won’t interfere with use of the three-boat launch ramp, the three floating docks or the fishing jetty, which is designed to divert current away from the ramp and angling pressure away from the docks.

Catch of the Week
Gene Fordyce of Uniontown landed a 50-inch, 28-pound muskie on a smoke grub while casting for bass Saturday in Erie’s Presque Isle Bay. He made the catch in the same spot he caught a 26-pound carp the day before. The creel limit for Erie muskie is one a day of at least 40 inches as part of a program begun years ago to try to enhance the Great Lakes strain.

Weekly report
Erie: Bass fishing is good in the lake and in the bay, especially heading east from Erie bay to the New York line. Ed Lightner, Larry Dew and Mike Heinl of Shaler released 73 smallmouth bass, including three of more than 6 pounds and none smaller than 2 pounds, throwing tubes in 18 to 22 feet near Shade’s Beach. Smallmouth also are in the tributaries. Night angling for walleye at the mouths of the creeks has been productive with one angler landing a 11 1/4-pounder. Perch fishing has been spotty in the open water.

Lake Wilhelm (Mercer County): Nice crappie are being caught at launch three by the causeway, old launch three toward I-79 and by the tube near the dam. Charles Sorg of Fredonia released a 13 3/4-inch, 2-pound crappie on a twin tail spinner Friday. Russ Wiles of Ellwood City landed a 30-inch, 15-pound channel cat on a crawler.

Lake Arthur (Butler County): Crappie and hybrid striper are being caught from boats and the shore. Ron Osselborn Sr. of Cranberry caught a 28-inch “wiper” on 4-pound test weight line while crappie fishing Friday. One angler reported doing well on silver spoons, although Bomber Long-As or Ripplin Red Fins in blue and silver are standard “wiper” fare.

Glade Run Lake (Butler County): Steve Visomirski of Shaler reported catching 140 rainbow and brown trout up to 14 inches in three days and a 17-inch golden rainbow the week before, mostly on power bait and jig heads.

Slippery Rock Creek (Butler County): Michael Purcell and Jackie Belcher of North Versailles landed brown trout and rainbows, about 13 inches, on silver Kastmaster spoons, and smallmouth bass and crappie Saturday.

Pymatuning Reservoir (Crawford County): Walleye numbers have slowed, although nice size fish are still reported. Crappie are hitting in the bays.

Allegheny River: Steve Visomirski of Shaler reported releasing four walleye up to 26 inches and a legal size sauger on curly tail jigs and Rapalas Sunday morning. Smallmouth bass up to 18 inches are reported.

Monongahela River: The Venture Outdoors Downtown TriAnglers drew 41 anglers to Point State Park, where they landed 15 fish, including six smallmouth bass, six channel catfish, a freshwater drum (sheepshead) and two smallmouth buffalo Wednesday. The biggest catches of the day were Janice Meehan of Pleasant Hill’s 24 1/4-inch, 6.2-pound channel cat and John Brady of Verona’s 20-inch smallmouth buffalo.

Ohio River: Walleye and bass are picking up, especially below Dashield’s Dam at the mouth of Little Sewickley Creek. A few hybrid stripers are being caught at the mouth of Montour Run and the back channel, which also has been putting out average size walleye.

Lake Arthur (Butler County): Matthew Petronsky landed 30 bass, including a 5-plus pound lunker, working the shallows with a small buzzbait late in the day Tuesday.

Dunlap Creek Lake (Fayette County): Joe McKay of Whitehall landed 11 trout, including a 17 1/2-incher Saturday. A 24-incher was landed nearby. The Fish and Boat Commission stocked Wednesday and will stock again this Wednesday. The panfish bite has picked up.

Youghiogheny Dam (Fayette County): Ed Gates of Uniontown caught two walleye, 24 and 17 inches, last weekend. Rock bass, smallmouth and bluegill also have been caught.

Pittsburgh Post Gazette – Pittsburgh,PA,USA

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