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


JUNE 13, 2018

 
Beaver County

Anglers are catching Walleye and Smallmouth Bass on the Ohio River by using soft plastic baits near the bridges.

The catfish bite on the Beaver River and Ohio River has slowed a little, but anglers are catching them on cut baits and chicken liver.

Anglers were out over the weekend targeting Bluegill, trout, and crappie at Raccoon Lake and Brady’s Run Lake.  Popular baits included maggots and minnows.

Greene County and Southern Washington County

Monongahela River conditions have been hit or miss with changing weather patterns.  Anglers are catching Largemouth Bass near confluences and low-sloped shallow shorelines.  Anglers are catching Channel Catfish and Flathead Catfish along soft steep drop off shorelines in tributaries and the main river.

Anglers are catching a few trout on Enlow Creek and Templeton Run however, the bite is extremely slow.

Northern Somerset County

Anglers are catching Walleye and Smallmouth Bass on the Quemahoning Reservoir.

Youghiogheny River Lake anglers are catching some nice Walleye and Channel Catfish up to 30 inches. 

Trout are still biting at Laurel Hill Lake.

The vegetation is thick at Kooser Lake, but there are many trout left.

Northern Westmoreland County

Frequent rain throughout the area is causing above average flows and discolored water. Anglers reporting the most success are in lakes. Keystone Lake is producing nice panfish, especially crappies. Some anglers even report catching nice Muskellunge. The fish seem to be moving a lot with all the rain so no one place has been consistent as it has been in the past.

 Conemaugh River Lake is producing very large panfish. Anglers are catching big Bluegills, crappie, Yellow Perch, and other panfish.  Some anglers are launching at Altmans Run and floating various stretches of the lake while others shore fish from Livermore or the Outflow. This lake is very large and has been rewarding to those that are willing to put in a little extra effort.  Minnows seems to be the bait of choice here.  Anglers are catching big catfish at night on minnows.


 JUNE 6, 2018

 
Northern Fayette County and Southern Westmoreland County

Anglers fishing Acme Dam are enjoying a good crappie bite and are catching some nice sized ones on minnows close to shore.  Anglers are catching some nice size bass at the dam end of the lake. 

Loyalhanna Creek continueto provide trout anglers with a good bite on nightcrawlers and stick baits.  Anglers are reminded to check the special regulations in the Delayed Harvest Artificial Lures Only (DHALO) section of the stream if they are going to fish it. 

Anglers are catching Walleye at lock 3 on the Allegheny River.

Boaters are reminded to check for the proper safety equipment before hitting the water, to keep a watch for commercial traffic on the rivers, and to know where dams are located if planning a trip.  The PFBC website offers information regarding all boating regulations, maps for planning a trip, and the location of dams. 

Washington County

The Monongahela River has been running slightly high but still provides good fishing and boating opportunities. Smallmouth Bass, Largemouth Bass, catfish, and the occasional Muskellunge have been hitting a variety of baits throughout the Monongahela River in Washington County.

Cross Creek Lake, Dutch Fork Lake, and Chartiers Creek have been providing good catch and immediate release bass fishing. The best baits have been soft plastics fished on or near the bottom and top water plugs working very early and in the evening.


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