SW Region Reports
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.
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.
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.
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.
fishing the North Fork of the Little
Beaver Creek caught many trout over the weekend by drifting maggots and
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
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.
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.
are catching a few panfish and Largemouth Bass at Lake Wilma.
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.
prime time for trout fishing! The
streams are full of trout and are being stocked for the next few weeks.
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
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
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
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
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
April 19, 2017
Western Armstrong County
Fishing activity on the opening day of trout season was
heavy in the district.
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.
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.
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
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.
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
Reports compiled by Miranda (Mandy) Smith (email@example.com), Southwest Region Education Specialist, using information provided by Waterways Conservation Officers, Area Fisheries Managers and other PFBC staff.