Sorry for the delay in posting this – ghost in the machine.
For many Pennsylvania creek anglers, April 16 can be described in two words – blown out. On one of the worst opening days of trout season in memory. bands of rain clouds from a major national storm arrived Saturday morning rendering many streams too high, too muddy to fish.
Friday weather reports chased a lot of people off the creeks, and pressure was high at trout-stocked lakes, which are generally less affected by rain, and lots of trout were caught in lakes across western Pennsylvania. Scroll down for photos of some of them.
The Post-Gazette will pick winning photos in categories Big Fish, Kid Pix and Artsy Shots, and will publish them in the PG print edition in mid-May. Winners of last year's photo contest are not eligible to win the contest -- the same guys keep winning every year -- but their photos are great and we'd love to see more, so they're welcome to submit photos for posting only.
Keith Uhrin caught this steelhead -- 24 inches, 7 1/2 pounds.
Photo by Sean Uhrin.
Have to love the waders.
Fisherman: Marcus Nadzam of Linden, Virginia.
Fish Caught Ross Run, Forest County Pa.
!9 ½" Rainbow Trout
Photographer: (Dad) Dave Nadzam
Beautiful native brook trout, Dunbar creek catch and release from Jason Miller of the city's Knoxville section.
Daniel C. Butts, From second stocking at Deer Creek. Most people catching fish on a variety of baits. Lots of fish and rain.
"My son Richard, with one of the many trout caught on the first day." -- Photo Dennis B. Ditzenberger
The Ervin family of North Fayette on opening day of trout.
"We went to Raccoon Creek State Park very early Saturday morning in hopes of landing the trophy trout. It has been our family tradition for 10 years. Attached is a picture of Jimmy Ervin, 10, who is in all black holding his golden rainbow trout with his dad (Jim) and brother (Jaxon, 7). Jimmy's trout topped off at 8 pounds, 8 ounces with a massive length of 25 1/4 inches and 15 3/4-inch girth."
Weighed and measured by M. Pugh at Island Firearms, Neville Island. Caught at Upper Traverse Creek with an Ugly Stick rod. Photo by mom (Lisa Ervin).
Adam Wagner of McKeesport with golden rainbow trout caught on Loyalhanna Creek in Ligonier, April 16, 2011.
27 inches, 8.6 pounds.
Check back for more Trout Photo Contest photos.