The first stop for PFBC “Angler Thank You” staff in Allegheny County on the opening day of trout season was Deer Lakes. Here, the team encountered the Harris family from Butler. When asked about their success, Mr. Harris proudly pulled up a 21-inch nice Rainbow Trout that his youngest daughter Alyssa had just caught.
When Alyssa’s Dad re-baited her line, he suggested she try another color but Alyssa's answer was an emphatic, “NO, I want yellow again.” So Dad put a nice ball of yellow paste bait on her hook and Alyssa stared to enthusiastically fish again.
The team moved on to the next group of anglers where the discussion soon went to Alyssa's great catch. The more experienced anglers were a bit jealous, but at the same time were excited for Alyssa. Just then they heard Alyssa yell, “I have a fish on!” Alyssa’s second catch could have been the twin of the first Rainbow Trout!
Both pictures show older sister Kali, Alyssa, and dad Michael Harris.
On Sunday, while few anglers were catching fish on Big Sewickley Creek, young Cayden Kappy had his limit of trout within an hour. Fishing with his dad Casey, the duo netted five nice fish at the green bridge between 1 and 2 p.m.
Bull Creek and Deer Creek have been stocked. There are plenty of trout out there! Hot baits over the last few days have been waxworms and mealworms. Anglers are advised to “go lite” with their gear. Smaller and lighter is better at this time of year.
The Allegheny River is high. With the current weather conditions, it is not expected to come down for a while. Anglers fishing the river have had little success.
Boaters are reminded to abide by the mandatory cold weather PFD regulation at this time of year on applicable boats. All other boaters are encouraged to wear their PFDs. Current water temperatures are in the 50’s.
Good sized crowds were out for the 2014 trout opener in the county. Many anglers caught their limits of trout from all of the districts Approved Trout Waters.
Some anglers fishing Brady’s Run Lake on the opening day practiced catch and release and caught over 30 trout near the dam.
Several Golden Rainbow Trout were observed on stringers at Raccoon Lake. Many anglers reported the bite slowed down later in the morning but still managed to catch trout by changing tactics and baits.
Many trout on the opener were caught on butter worms. They seemed to work when all other baits failed.
The Beaver River is starting to heat up. Several Walleye and Muskellunge were landed and released near the Townsend Dam in New Brighton. Jerkbaits and shiners were working really well.
The North Fork of the Little Beaver Creek received the in-season allotment of trout this week. Many stocking volunteers commented on the large size of the rainbow and brown trout that were put into the creek.
Greene County and Southern Washington County
Opening Day of trout season started off slow for most anglers in the area.
Heavy fog made it difficult for some near Lake Wilma to see their lines and bobbers. After the fog burned off, anglers had great results at Lake Wilma on butter worms and minnows.
Area waters near Ryerson Station State Park had overall good catch rates as the waters receded from recent rains on the second day of the season.
Enlow Fork had reports of paste baits as the go-to for great success.
Templeton Fork had similar reports of paste baits and some even using spinners.
Browns Creek had mixed results between the weekend’s anglers. Most anglers were reporting minnows had the most bites, but paste baits had the most catch rate.
Northern Somerset County
Karlee Lepley, age 7, and her father, Justin Lepley, were fishing Laurel Hill Lake on the opening day of trout. Karlee proudly shows off their stringer.
Other anglers fishing Laurel Hill Lake display their catches, including a nice Golden Rainbow Trout
Jeremy Griffith of Stoystown caught a 24-inch Brown Trout from Beaver Dam Creek on April 14. It was caught on pink glitter bait.