The Fish and Boat Commission put trout, mostly rainbows, in area waters to spark fall fishing.
It doesn’t rival what happens in the spring. That’s a colossal effort.
But the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission has been and continues to stock trout in streams and lakes around the state, all in an attempt to offer some autumn fishing. Some of the plantings took place as far back as September; others will come as late as December.
Most of the releases involve rainbow trout, though a few waters – Harbar Acres Lake in Butler County and section 2 of Dunbar Creek in Fayette, notably – got brooks and browns instead.
The list of waters that already received fish around the region looks like this:
Allegheny County: Deer Creek, section 3, Upper Deer Lake, Lower Deer Lake, Middle Deer Lake and Pine Creek, section 5.
Armstrong County: Buffalo Creek, section 3.
Beaver County: Raccoon Lake
Butler County: Buffalo Creek, section 3, and Harbar Acres Lake.
Cambria County: Chest Creek, section 3, Duman Lake and Lake Rowena.
Fayette County: Dunbar Creek, section 2, Dunlap Creek Lake, Meadow Run, section 6, Virgin Run Lake and the Yough River.
Indiana County: Blue Spruce Lake.
Somerset County: Laurel Hill Creek, sections 3 and 6, and Laurel Hill Lake.
Washington County: Canonsburg Lake and Dutch Fork Lake.
Westmoreland County: Indian Lake, Keystone Lake, Loyalhanna Creek, section 3, Mammoth Lake, Northmoreland Lake, Upper Twin Lake and Lower Twin Lake.
Waters that will be stocked soon are North Park Lake in Allegheny County (on Nov. 17) and Bradys Run Lake in Beaver County (on Dec. 12).
Action on steelhead at Erie has finally picked up, too. This year’s run of fish into the tributary streams didn’t really get under way in earnest until recent days, making it one of the latest runs in memory. The fish are moving now, though.
The real challenge associated with all that is the fish reportedly have yet to really spread out. As a result, anglers are packed shoulder to shoulder in many places.
One popular area remains closed, meanwhile. According to the commission, Walnut Creek Marina is under construction. The area from the entrance to Lake Erie to the large parking area is currently closed to fishing.
It is expected to reopen at Thanksgiving, however.