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

october 18, 2017

Eastern Allegheny County
Anglers are catching Smallmouth Bass on the Allegheny River in Harmar using minnows.
Boaters are reminded that November 1 starts mandatory cold weather life jacket regulation. During this time, all persons must wear an appropriate life jacket on all canoes, kayaks, and boats less than 16 feet.
When putting your boat away for the season, make sure to store your equipment in a warm location.  This will help your fire extinguisher, batteries, and other safety equipment stay serviceable longer.
Western Allegheny County
Last week’s rains dropped water temperatures a bit and got the fish a little more active.  Anglers are catching numerous Smallmouth Bass on the Ohio River.  Anglers are using soft plastic wormlike baits that are made with high amounts of salt fished along rocky structure and near the mouths of tributaries.  
An angler at the Kilbuck Access caught and released a beautiful 19-inch Hybrid Striped Bass this past week.  That particular fish decided to snack on the chicken liver that the angler was using trying to hook up with a hungry Ohio River catfish.    
Walleye are still biting on minnows and swim baits with the back channel producing the best results.  
There is still plenty of great boating weather left.  Please make sure you check all your required safety equipment and make sure you have enough appropriately sized wearable lifejackets for all your passengers.  
Beaver County
Raccoon Lake received its fall stocking of adult trout the first week in October. The nice sized trout were difficult to catch after the stocking, frustrating a few anglers; but the trout began biting later in the day. Some were caught on paste baits while others were caught on spinners and minnows.received its fall stocking of adult trout the first week in October. The nice sized trout were difficult to catch after the stocking, frustrating a few anglers; but the trout began biting later in the day. Some were caught on paste baits while others were caught on spinners and minnows.
Anglers are catching Largemouth Bass and panfish at Brady’s Run Lake. Anglers reported most of the panfish were smaller and the bass were 10-15 inches.
Anglers fishing the rivers are doing well on Smallmouth Bass and catfish near the dams. A few anglers stated that they are waiting for the water temperatures to drop a little for a better bite.
Fayette County
The Youghiogheny River is still producing Smallmouth Bass, Freshwater Drum, trout, catfish and Walleye.
Walleye are being picked up on the Monongahela River below the locks.

Somerset County
The Delayed Harvest Artificial Lures Only (DHALO) and Keystone Select Stocked Trout Waters sections of Laurel Hill Creek along with Laurel Hill Lake were stocked with Brown Trout on October 4, 2017.  Anglers are catching trout in the Keystone Select water and on the DHALO section 6.
Anglers are catching more Bluegill, Yellow Perch, Rock Bass and Smallmouth Bass than trout on the Youghiogheny River section 1 (tailrace).
A bass tournament held on High Point Lake on October 8, 2017 yielded 72 Largemouth Bass caught and three of those bass were in the 4-pound weight range.  No Smallmouth Bass were caught.  The winning weight for five bass was 16.5 lbs.  Anglers are also catching Chain Pickerel, crappie, Yellow Perch, and sunfish.
Anglers are reminded that bass regulations change on October 1 for rivers and streams and on November 1 for lakes. The minimum size increases to 15 inches and the daily limit increases to 4 combined species.
Washington County
The Monongahela River is running low and clear making for great fishing conditions. Anglers are catching Walleye, Sauger, Spotted Bass, Smallmouth Bass, and the occasional Largemouth Bass on minnows and minnow imitating baits. Fish are feeding on pods of baitfish and may be selective to a direct imitation.
Fishing for crappie at Cross Creek Lake has been steady with some 9-inch and longer size crappie being caught. Small jigs and live minnows have been best for crappie once a school of fish is found.

 october 12, 2017

Fayette County
Anglers are catching trout at both Dunlap Lake and Virgin Run Lake due to recent stockings.
The Catch and Release Fly Fishing Only section on Dunbar Creek has been freshly stocked with trout.
Meadow Run Delayed Harvest Artificial Lures Only (DHALO) section was also recently stocked.
Anglers are still catching bass throughout the county. 

Northern Westmoreland County
Keystone Lake, Northmoreland Lake, and Loyalhanna Creek Keystone Select Stocked Trout Waters section were just stocked on October 3, 2017. The fish going in were good size and looked good. Some good size male holdovers were stocked.  
Keystone Lake and Northmoreland Lake shore temperatures were higher than normal this year. Anglers should try to fish deeper portions of the lake where the water is colder.  Anglers that were present for the stocking did not report much luck on any type of lure or bait.
anna Creek, on the other hand, had 58-degree waters and you can see the fish darting all over the creek after bait fish. There is also a lot of left over big trout throughout the section from the spring stocking.  

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