Walleye, pike, muskie seasons open

Fishing Walleye, pike, muskie seasons open tomorrow
Friday, May 06, 2005 By Deborah Weisberg The start of walleye, pike and muskie season tomorrow and a mild weekend weather forecast are expected to attract anglers to rivers, lakes and streams, where fishing activity has been light the past week.

With the absence of rainfall, conditions are improving on trout streams, and mid-May is when multiple hatches typically begin to appear. Trout stockings are scheduled to continue throughout the region this month. For a schedule of in-season stockings, visit www.fish.state.pa.us.

Catch of the Week

Alex Wilkinson of Pittsburgh landed four striped bass, 19, 21, 23 and 25 pounds, on live shad near mile marker 21 Friday at Raystown Lake.

Weekly report

Erie: There are reports of good perch catches from the north and south piers and off the public dock in the city of Erie. Boaters are catching nice size perch in the lake about 30 feet off Trout Run and just outside the channel to the lake near the buoys. Smallmouth bass are being boated around Shorewood on the east side of the lake, and in the east end of the bay between the public dock and the piers. Largemouth bass are being caught by anglers dragging heavy jigs through the weed beds in the bay. Smallmouth are just starting to come into the tributaries and steelhead are winding down, although a 13-pound steelhead measuring 35 1/4 inche was caught on an egg sack Saturday in Walnut Creek. Pike are being released in Thompson’s, Horseshoe and Misery bays. Crappie have been hit or miss, with Misery Bay the best bet. The Walnut boat launch was dredged and the docks were installed Sunday. When walleye season opens tomorrow, anglers are expected at the mouths of Walnut Creek and Trout and Godfrey runs at night, when walleye forage for stocked smolt and shiners.

Pymatuning Reservoir (Crawford County): Matt Stivenson caught a 27-inch walleye on a crawler in about 8 feet of water by the dam last weekend. Limits also are reported. A crappie tournament yielded nice size catches, averaging three-quarters of a pound, though cold weather slowed the bite. Muskie have been running hard just off shore and are being released by anglers targeting other species. Ernie Pate of Butler and his brother Ken Pate of Chicora won the Shenango Valley Bassmaster Pymatuning Buddy Tournament Sunday with a seven fish, 16.04 pound total.

Lake Wilhelm (Mercer County): Perch, 10 to 12 inches, were being caught around Sheakleyville Bridge despite Tuesday’s snow showers. Bluegill and crappie have been coming around the beaver hut near launch three.

Allegheny River: John Brady of Verona landed a 36-inch muskie on a jig and minnow and 6-pound test weight line from shore Friday at the Highland Park Dam. Suckers and a few walleye up to 26 inches have reportedly been released there.

Monongahela River: The Venture Outdoors Downtown TriAnglers’ Maggie Hall of Bloomfield landed a 20-inch smallmouth buffalo and Tom Lippert caught a 19 1/2-inch channel catfish at the Point State Park Wednesday. Other catches included four smallmouth bass up to 12 inches, a 17-inch carp and a mooneye.

North Park Lake/Pine Creek (Allegheny County): A good trout bite was reported on redworms and mealworms last weekend. Pine Creek reportedly yielded a 24-inch rainbow on a salted minnow. It was stocked Wednesday.

Youghiogheny River (Fayette County): Jeff Petrucci of Uniontown caught a brown trout and a rainbow, each about 25 inches, on a Kastmaster, in the middle Youghiogheny River between Confluence and Ohiopyle last week.

Loyalhanna Creek (Westmoreland County): Matthew Petronsky released a 23-inch, 4.3-pound rainbow trout he caught on a large Caddis fly. Other anglers were landing brown trout on Joeflies.

Jones Mill Run/Kooser Run (Somerset County): Craig Nemchik reported landing 140 trout, including rainbows, brookies and browns, the majority on Jones Mill on minnows and waxworms, over two days.

Deep Creek Lake (Maryland): Scott Gates of Chalk Hill caught a smallmouth bass, 2 1/2 to 3 pounds, and three walleye up to 18 inches, on Lindy rigging last week.

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