SW Region Reports
REGION COUNTIES -- Allegheny, Armstrong, Beaver, Cambria, Fayette, Greene, Indiana, Somerset, Washington, Westmoreland (County Guide)
march 22, 2017
Western Allegheny County
Boaters are reminded that during the period of November 1
through April 30, life jackets must
be worn on any boat less than 16 feet and on all canoes and kayaks.
Western Armstrong County
Southern Westmoreland County
Pre-season trout stockings have begun. Many volunteers
are giving their time and effort to assist the PFBC with filling streams for
anglers of all ages to enjoy trout fishing on and after April 15, 2017 - the
opening day of trout season. Thank you
to all the volunteers that assist with stockings in the district, as we know that
time is a valuable commodity these days. It is uplifting to see multiple
generations join us to continue the traditions left to them by family members
and continue with them in the future. The district Waterways Conservation
Officer would like to let you all know that it is appreciated.
Anglers should be aware that designated Stocked
Trout Waters are closed to fishing until April 15,
2017 at 8:00 AM; however there are still some lakes and sections of streams
(delayed harvest) that are open to year round fishing. Anglers are reminded that NO trout are to be
harvested until 8:00 AM on April 15, 2017 and that special
regulations apply to Delayed Harvest Artificial Lures Only (DHALO) sections. All regulations
can be found in the summary book, online on the PFBC website, or by using a
smart phone to access the FishBoatPA app.
is producing bass in the 3-pound range when fishing with plastics and stick
march 15, 2017
are being caught on the Allegheny River
Boaters are reminded to use extreme caution while on the Allegheny River.
With the recent rains, expected snowfall and warmer temperatures, the water
levels on the Allegheny River are expected to rise.
the boat registration sticker on the side of your boat has a 17 on it, it will
expire on March 31, 2017. Either mail in your renewal or do it online to ensure your boat
is registered for the upcoming boating season.
Armstrong County and Indiana County
at Yellow Creek
Lake have reported
sizeable catches of crappie and Northern Pike.
pressure at Blue Spruce Lake has been light all
winter. Anglers that come out have been catching Largemouth Bass as well
as Rainbow Trout. Hackle tail spinners of various colors seem to be the
Yellow Creek section 4 was
stocked on March 3, 2017. Although the conditions were less than ideal,
plenty of fish were put in the water. Volunteers were able to float stock
from the parking lot at Ferrier Run Road to just above the Homer City Water
Plum Creek section 1 in
Armstrong County was stocked on March 2, 2017. Plenty of sizeable fish
were placed in the water with some monster Golden Rainbow Trout.
are reminded that both Yellow Creek
and Plum Creek are Stocked Trout Waters and are therefore
closed to angling until April 15, 2017 at 8:00 am.
Brady’s Run Lake (Stocked Trout Water Open to
was stocked with a full truckload of trout last week. Spectators and anglers saw many large Rainbow
Trout and Golden Rainbow going into the lake. After the stocking was completed,
the lines were cast but the fish were not cooperating. Anglers tried several
different baits with only a couple of trout caught. The windy weather and
turbid water were likely factors in the lack of bites.
Beaver River and Ohio River were flowing high and fast
this week, making fishing difficult.
Light fishing pressure was observed at the popular spots.
are catching some nice Yellow Perch at Ebensburg
Reservoir and Wilmore Dam
trout stocking is occurring in the local trout streams. The Catch and Release Fly Fishing Only section of Clear Shade Creek is stocked and the
lower gate is open and should remain open for the season.
Somerset Lake is drawn down seven feet and the seasons, sizes, and
creel limits have been eliminated. Anglers have been catching a few
crappies and bass.
Youghiogheny River outflow (section
1) is a Stocked
Trout Water Open to Year-Round Fishing. You may fish it, but
it is catch and release till the opening day of trout. Anglers are
catching nice-sized Brown Trout and Rainbow trout on lures and live bait. Just
a reminder that all trout caught must be released immediately and unharmed.
to the snow storm on March 14, 2017, the stockings for Casselman River section 1 and Tub Mill Run were
rescheduled for March 21, 2017 at the same time and meeting place.
stocking for Flaugherty Creek and
Elk Lick Creek were also rescheduled for March 24, 2017 at the same
time and meeting place.
in the county that were open water are now a mix of thin ice and open water.
Hill Creek section 5 and section 4 will be stocked March 18,
interested in attending a stocking are encouraged to check the PFBC stocking schedule before heading out. Any changes to the schedule are made in real
time and will be reflected on the website.
in Washington County has been productive at select locations.
are catching panfish on live bait during warmer days at many of our local
reservoirs. Afternoon hours have been best for Bluegill and crappie as they
move in from deeper water to more shallow water.
Monongahela River has remained high
and off color which has slowed the fishing down significantly. The Delayed Harvest
Artificial Lures Only (DHALO) sections of Pike Run and Dutch Fork have been stocked with trout and are fishing well. Those sections offer a great opportunity to
catch some early season trout!
Pictured is one of the trout that was caught on
March 2, 2017 within the Keystone Select Stocked Trout Waters section of Loyalhanna
Creek. Notice how they took a quick
picture in the water and then immediately released the trout unharmed as
required. Some mortality was seen last
year due to anglers holding the fish and removing their protective mucus
coating. Holding the fish out of the
water for an extended period for that “perfect pose” is illegal and in most
cases kills. That trophy fish, if
released properly, gives the same experience to other anglers all summer
long. The best way to release a trout is
to keep the fish in the water, in a net, and quickly remove the lure.
Reports compiled by Miranda (Mandy) Smith (firstname.lastname@example.org), Southwest Region Education Specialist, using information provided by Waterways Conservation Officers, Area Fisheries Managers and other PFBC staff.