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

April 18, 2018

Central Allegheny County
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Dan Conn of Pittsburgh having a great opening day at North Park Lake
Western Armstrong County
Anglers enjoyed fair weather on the opening day of trout. The water levels of local streams were on the low side with high water clarity. With the recent rainfall, streams should rise and provide some color to the water.
Cambria County
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Mya showing off a 17-inch Rainbow Trout and two other trout and Olivia with her limit caught within 20 minutes fishing Killbuck Run on opening day of trout.
Greene County and Southern Washington County
Statewide Trout opening weekend showed a great turnout here in the district. Weather was great with a warm sunny morning leading to an almost summer like midday.
Anglers on the Wheeling Creek forks were having great success with a variety of baits as water clarity and conditions were favorable for most baits.
Anglers on Whiteley Creek had difficulty with water clarity being murky and still moving from recent rains and ground saturation.
Browns Creek saw very little pressure until the evening hours with most anglers seeing good success with paste baits and spinners in the faster waters.

April 11, 2018

Eastern Allegheny County
The Mentored Youth Day was a success!  Kids all across the District were catching trout, as well as Bluegill and small bass.  Most kids were practicing catch and release.
The Allegheny River water level is dropping.  Fishing should be getting back to a more normal pattern for this time of year.  Anglers are catching Smallmouth Bass and Freshwater Drum around the Deer Creek Access Area.  Swimbaits were the ticket.
Check your boating safety equipment now, before venturing out.  Ensure your safety equipment is present and serviceable before going out.
Western Allegheny County
Montour Run and Flaugherty Run will be stocked on April 12, 2018, which is just in time for opening day.  
Greene County and Southern Washington County
The Mentored Youth Trout Day had good water conditions and fair weather for the area.  Many young anglers saw success in the Whiteley Creek and Browns Creek watersheds.  Staff at Ryerson Station State Park reported good water conditions with a fair amount of youth present and catching trout.
Washington County
Canonsburg Lake is open to year-round fishing and anglers have been doing very well on trout. Trout are hitting a variety of baits with the best being chartreuse paste baits and plastic trout worms.

Delayed Harvest Artificial Lures Only (DHALO) section of Dutch Fork is running at a near perfect level and has been producing trout on a variety of baits as well. 
Fishing on the Monongahela River has been high and muddy with anglers having limited success.
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Jake P. caught a nice Rainbow Trout on Millers Run early in the morning on Mentored Youth Trout Day.
Northern Westmoreland County
The Keystone Select Stocked Trout Waters continues to produce a great opportunity to catch and release very large trout. Many anglers are catching more fish in the project waters than ever and that the fish are larger than Steelhead. There is no one “go to” lure with the unusual weather patterns the area has been experiencing. The only constant is that anglers are reporting great success when the sun first hits the water.

As we look forward to the opening day of trout season (April 14, 2018) anglers are reminded of some changes in the area. Many landowners have been complaining about anglers’ disrespect for their property and some are looking at closing major tracts of land that are currently open to public fishing. Littering, driving over people’s property, parking and blocking access to landowners, and camping on private property have all been expressed by landowners. Please respect the landowners and read posted signage.

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