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

June 21, 2017

Central Allegheny County
Anglers are catching Common Carp nightfishing in downtown Pittsburgh.  The bait of choice seems to be dough balls dipped in honey. Anglers are also catching large Flathead Catfish in the area of The Point.

Western Allegheny County
Despite the recent heavy rains creating high flow and turbid water, the Ohio River is producing decent sized Hybrid Striped Bass, Walleye, and Smallmouth Bass on a variety of hard plastic swim baits and spoons.  The best results are around structure and near the mouths of tributary streams.  
Several anglers are catching Yellow Perch, Freshwater Drum, and catfish on live bait.  
If you are looking for a great place to launch your boat or kayak on the Ohio River, consider the PA Fish and Boat Commission Kilbuck Access area.  Plenty of free parking is available and its right off I-79 and RT 65.   This boating pool is between the Emsworth Lock and Dam and Dashields Lock and Dam and is typically less crowded than the Pittsburgh Pool.   
Remember that you need a valid registration or launch permit and to make sure you have all your safety equipment before hitting the water.    
Western Armstrong County
Anglers have been catching catfish at the Cowanshannock Access of the Allegheny River.
The water at Crooked Creek Lake is high and full of debris.  Boaters, especially those with prop driven motors, should use caution. 

Eastern Armstrong County and Indiana County
Anglers are catching Rainbow Trout near the 954 Bridge on Yellow Creek.  Green scented paste bait and minnows are being used.
Anglers are catching Northern Pike at Yellow Creek Lake from boats as well as from shore.  Catfish have really turned on late at night and early morning.  Anglers are using chicken liver as bait. 
Anglers at Keystone Power Dam report catching 40-inch plus Muskellunge from the shores.  Anglers have also been observed catching Largemouth Bass and plenty of panfish.

Beaver River
Anglers fishing the Beaver River and Ohio River are doing well catching big Flathead Catfish. Baits that seem to be working are cut bait and Bluegill fished near structure.
Anglers fishing at the New Brighton Dam are catching lots of Walleye, Sauger, and Smallmouth Bass. Soft plastic baits are working the best.
Anglers continue to catch trout at Brady’s Run Lake and Raccoon Lake. Paste baits fished on the bottom are working well.

Cambria County
An angler shared a photo of a 51-inch Muskellunge that was caught and released at Glendale LakeAnglers are catching big Common Carp at the lake.
 Glendale Lake
Nice crappies are being caught at Wilmore Dam
Anglers continue to catch large Rainbow Trout at Lake Rowena.
Northern Somerset County
Anglers are catching some nice Northern Pike and Smallmouth Bass at Quemahoning Reservoir.  A few large Walleyes have been reported as well.
Some nice Channel Catfish are being caught at Somerset Lake.  
Anglers are still catching trout, as well as a few average sized bass, at Laurel Hill Lake
There are plenty of trout left in the streams and the fishing pressure on them is very light. 

June 15, 2017

Northern Washington County
Trout fishing throughout Washington County has come to an end but fishing for other species has begun to pick up.
Flathead Catfish and Channel Catfish have been biting well at night on live bait and chicken livers. Some of the fish recently caught on the Monongahela River have been up to 20 pounds.
Many Washington County Reservoirs have been fishing well for Largemouth Bass with soft plastics being the best choice to use right now.
Water conditions for boating and water sports have been favorable prior to any storms that may occur this week. The Monongahela River has been running clear with water temperatures getting into the mid 70’s.


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