Post-Gazette Trout Photo Contest

Written by John Hayes on .

 Big Fish


 WINNER: Nathan Quince, 17, Imperial.


"On April 17, I caught a 26-inch rainbow that weighed 5 pounds 7 ounces at Raccoon Creek State Park on a Trout Magnet. I caught him on a 9-foot ultralight with 4-pound test line. The fight was incredible and lasted about 15 minutes."
- Nathan Quince

Photo by Deb Quince


Ryan Duchi caught this 25-inch rainbow on Allegheny County's Pine Creek below Willow Run at around 4 p.m. on the opening day of trout season.


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Mark Accettulla of Oakmont caught this 24-inch 5-pound golden rainbow trout on Easter Sunday in Corey Creek, Tioga County.
Self-photographed using a tripod and time delay.

He caught this 21-inch, 3 1/2-pound rainbow trout April 27.


On May 8, Tim Warner, 13, of McDonald caught this 24-inch rainbow on Raccoon Lake using a Joe's Fly on an ultra-light spinning rod with 2-pound test line.
Photo by Shawn Lenhart.



Phil Coffin caught this 22-inch 5-pound golden rainbow at Loyalhanna Creek.



On opening day, Alyssa Harris of Butler caught two 21-inch rainbows at Deer Lakes using yellow PowerBait. She's pictured here with her sister Kali Harris (left) and dad Michael Harris.
Photo Robert Ventorini, Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission.


This 21 3/4-inch, 4-pound 1-ounce rainbow was caught by Lou Davies III, 7, of Fayette City in the Virgin Run Lake outflow on May 4.


Doug Leichliter of Greensburg released this 19-inch 2.4-pounder, caught on a spinner at Loyalhanna Creek.
Photo Dennis Irwin, Ligonier.



Post-Gazette outdoors editor John Hayes released three lake trout May 11, including this 28-incher, during a Reel Obsessions guide trip on Lake Erie while researching a story on lake trout.

He released two fat rainbows during a Wilderness Voyagers guide trip on the Youghiogheny River April 26 while researching a story on fracking in trout country.




WINNER: First Opening Day, First Trout
Adrian Jerabek, 3, of Robinson caught his trout at Raccoon Creek.
"Saturday was the first of many opening days of the Pennsylvania trout fishing season for me and my 3-year-old son Adrian," said Kelly Jerabek, who took the photo. "He had a blast, but I think I had an even better time!"



"My first trout, with help from my big brother Ty and my Dad."
Noah Troxell, 3, of Moose Creek, Clearfield County.
Photo Joel Troxell.


On April 27, Lily Jester, 5, of Moon caught her first two trout on Montour Run using her pink Barbie fishing pole with the assistance of her dad Jason Jester.
Photo by Abigail Jester, 10.



Ethan Murick, 3, of Franklin Park, during his first fishing trip at Dunlap Lake on the opening day of trout season, 2014.
Photo by dad Darren Murick.




Kendra Onuska, 6, of Independence, Beaver County, landed this 21-inch golden rainbow trout on Easter morning while trolling on Raccoon Lake at Raccoon Creek State Park.
Photo by dad Steve Onuska.


On the opening day of trout season, Jake Callahan, 13, of Cranberry caught this 20-inch brook trout at North Fork Creek near Richardsville, Pa.
Photo by Bill Callahan.


Megan Russell, 14, of Valencia with one of a dozen trout caught on grubs and pressed eggs and released on Deer Run.
Photo by Jeff Russell.


Nate Crum holds a trout, with his dad Jeff Crum in the background, during a Post-Gazette fly fishing bus trip to Ohiopyle/Meadow Run, May 10.


TJ Rice, 12, of West Pittsburg, Lawrence County, c
aught his first career trout April 19 at Mahoning Sportsman's Association in Hillsville, Pa., using a small minnow.
Photo by Terry Rice.


MacKenzie Crispin, 11, of Latrobe, caught her trout on a live minnow April 19 at lower Twin Lakes, Greensburg.


Max Kaufer, 14, of Greensburg caught this 17-incher at lower Twin Lakes on Easter Sunday with a spinner.
Photo Bruce Kaufer.



Luke Fotta, 15, of Ross released nine trout at North Park Lake, Allegheny County.



First Trout
Despite high water on opening day, Chase Kean, 17, of Conneaut Lake, caught this 12-inch rainbow at Sandy Creek, Mercer County, on a spinner.


Cole Roberts, 8, of Castle Shannon caught this 16-inch golden rainbow and 19-inch rainbow while fishing Marvin Creek in McKean County with his mom Christy Allison and stepfather JP Allison.
Photo Christy Allison


Artsy Shots

WINNER: Greg Reynolds, Penn Township.
This rainbow trout was caught on Laurel Hill Creek at the lower Delayed Harvest Artificial Lures Only area near Humbert, Somerset County.

A nice Meadow Run rainbow caught at the Delayed Harvest Artificial Lures Only area in Ohiopyle State Park, Fayette County.

An extreme closeup of a steelhead from Elk Creek caught near Sterretania, Erie County.
Each fish was caught on flies using split bamboo fly rods, and released. Photographed using a Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS1 point-and-shoot camera.


15-inch tiger trout, Loyalhanna Creek, Westmoreland County.
Released and photographed by Doug Leichliter of Greensburg.

Colorful 14-inch rainbow, released at Loyalhanna.
Photo Doug Leichliter

Last-cast brookie, released April 21 at Loyalhanna.
Photo Doug Leichliter



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During a morning snowfall on April 15, Scott Kozelnik of Ross caught five rainbow trout at Pine Creek.
Photo by Scott Kozelnik.

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