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REGION COUNTIES -- Allegheny, Armstrong, Beaver, Cambria, Fayette, Greene, Indiana, Somerset, Washington, Westmoreland (County Guide)

April 26, 2017

Eastern Armstrong County and Indiana County
After the first week of trout season, anglers are still catching their limits on Yellow Creek near Route 954 and Ferrier’s Run Road.  Anglers are catching Brook Trout and Rainbow Trout on all other streams in Indiana County.  Streams such as Laurel Run, Little Yellow Creek, and South Branch Two Lick Creek have had limited pressure since the opening weekend.
Plum Creek and Mahoning Creek (below Mahoning Creek Dam Breast) were stocked on April 20, 2017.  Anglers are reporting success on Mahoning Creek using a variety of spoons, meal worms and wax worms. 

Beaver County
Opening weekend of trout season went well in Beaver County.  The weather was fantastic and all stocked trout waters had lots of fishing activity. On some waters the trout were biting better than others but most anglers did well and had a good time.
Raccoon Lake and Traverse Creek were stocked with trout this past weekend and they were biting soon after they hit the water. Minnows and plastic worms caught a lot of trout near the dam. Anglers trolling spinners picked up trout as well. 
Anglers fishing the North Fork of the Little Beaver Creek caught many trout over the weekend by drifting maggots and paste baits.
The Beaver River and Ohio River have been a little high due to recent rains but anglers are catching some Flathead Catfish and Hybrid Striped Bass near the dams.

Greene County and Southern Washington County
Recent rain has many district waters slightly higher than normal and murky. Cold nights have also dropped water temperatures a few degrees. Both factors have affected the bite as many anglers are reporting slow to no bite on many popular baits and lures.
Water conditions were the most favorable at North Fork, South Fork, and Dunkard Fork of Wheeling Creek. Templeton Fork and Enlow Fork were slightly hazy and high, while Browns Creek and Tenmile Creek were most affected.
Anglers are catching a few panfish and Largemouth Bass at Lake Wilma.
With warmer weather approaching, boaters are reminded to ensure that they have all the required safety equipment and in serviceable condition before hitting the water.  Boats less than 16 feet in length and all canoes and kayaks are REQUIRED TO PROPERLY WEAR their PFD’s through the end of April.
Somerset County
It’s prime time for trout fishing!  The streams are full of trout and are being stocked for the next few weeks. 
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Jeff Pugh of State College, PA with a nice 17.5-inch Golden Rainbow Trout caught on Laurel Hill Creek on pink glitter bait
Anglers are catching bass, crappie, carp, Walleye, and Channel Catfish at Somerset Lake.  The seasons, sizes, and creel limits have been taken off of this lake for the upcoming dam removal.
Quemahoning Reservoir anglers are catching some nice Northern Pike and some Bluegills.
High Point Lake was lowered this winter and is slowly filling back up. The water level is still below the spillway but high enough to launch all boats.  Recent catches include Largemouth Bass, Smallmouth Bass, Northern Pike, Chain Pickerel, and crappie on lures and live bait. 
Water levels at Youghiogheny River Lake have been fluctuating with the recent rains and the main access is open but the Jockey Hollow Access is subject to flooding.  Anglers are catching Smallmouth Bass, crappie, and Channel Catfish.
The Youghiogheny River Outflow will be stocked on May 4, 2017 and May 26, 2017. Note that the May 4, 2017 stocking is on the US Army Corps of Engineers’ Special Activity Day.
Glade Run Lake was not stocked in pre-season due to low water and will be rescheduled as soon as water is coming over the spillway at High Point Lake.  Check the PFBC Stocking Schedule online for the rescheduled stocking day.
Northern Westmoreland County
Loyalhanna Creek was stocked on April 18, 2017 and has not seen a lot of pressure since. Anglers are beyond thrilled with the size and frequency of the fish caught in the Keystone Select Stocked Trout Waters. When the stream was warm, anglers reported that they had to slow the presentation or drift of the baits due to “lazy” fish. Many anglers have reported numerous catches and fish over 20-inches.  Anglers are reporting that the fish are being handled better with anglers leaving them in the water and releasing them immediately.
Keystone Lake and Northmoreland Lake were also stocked last week. Anglers at these waters are also reporting that the fish are a little “lazy” but they have had success using scented bait fished off the bottom in the deeper portions of the lakes. Good luck out there and be safe.


April 19, 2017

Western Armstrong County
Fishing activity on the opening day of trout season was heavy in the district.
Cowanshannock Creek was particularly busy at the Buttermilk Falls area. There was hardly any room for parking. An estimated 75 anglers were there in the morning and continued throughout the day.
Buffalo Creek was also very busy. The kids’ area off of Yellow Dog Road received many junior anglers and provided a great opportunity for the children to catch fish.
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Cera from Worthington, PA and her trophy Rainbow Trout taken from the Kids’ Area on Buffalo Creek.
The North Fork and South Fork of Pine Creek received a good amount of opening day anglers with the catch rate being slightly less than the above mentioned streams.

Greene County and Southern Washington County
April 15, 2017 marked the Statewide Trout opener. District anglers had a gorgeous opening day with perfect conditions district wide. Opening day in the district had a great angler turn out due to that great weather.
Some notable catches included a 23-inch Golden Rainbow Trout taken from North Fork Dunkard Fork Wheeling Creek just below Ryerson Station State Park, a 22-inch Rainbow Trout taken near the park office, and several rainbows over 18 inches taken throughout Enlow Fork at State Game Lands 302. Several limits of trout were obtained on paste bait and small marshmallows.
Monongahela River anglers are catching great numbers of Smallmouth Bass and Walleye from Point Marion to Lock 4.
With warmer weather approaching, boaters are reminded to ensure they have all required safety equipment in serviceable condition before hitting the water. Boaters in any boat under 16 feet and all canoes and kayaks are REQUIRED TO PROPERLY WEAR their life jacket through the end of April to comply with the mandatory cold weather life jacket regulation.



Reports compiled by Miranda (Mandy) Smith (, Southwest Region Education Specialist, using information provided by Waterways Conservation Officers, Area Fisheries Managers and other PFBC staff.