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

march 22, 2017

Western Allegheny County
As we transition from winter and start thinking of warmer months ahead, it’s a great time to take a Boater Safety Education Class.  If you were born after January 1, 1982 and are going to operate a boat greater than 25HP, or are planning on operating a personal watercraft (PWC), you are required to have a Boating Safety Education Certificate.  Find a class near you at   
Boaters are reminded that during the period of November 1 through April 30, life jackets must be worn on any boat less than 16 feet and on all canoes and kayaks.  
Western Armstrong County
Temperatures are starting to warm up again and anglers are taking advantage of recent trout stockings at Buffalo Creek in the Delayed Harvest Artificial Lures Only (DHALO) area.
Southern Westmoreland County
Pre-season trout stockings have begun. Many volunteers are giving their time and effort to assist the PFBC with filling streams for anglers of all ages to enjoy trout fishing on and after April 15, 2017 - the opening day of trout season.  Thank you to all the volunteers that assist with stockings in the district, as we know that time is a valuable commodity these days. It is uplifting to see multiple generations join us to continue the traditions left to them by family members and continue with them in the future. The district Waterways Conservation Officer would like to let you all know that it is appreciated.   
There are opportunities to fish for trout in some waterways in Westmoreland County prior to April 15, 2017.  Many anglers are having success in the Delayed Harvest Artificial Lures Only (DHALO) section on Loyalhanna Creek. The area is designated as a Keystone Select Stocked Trout Waters stream and it receives many large trout.  Anglers are having success on spinners and nymphs.  Another Delayed Harvest Artificial Lures Only (DHALO) area that is producing fish is on Indian Creek, just off of State Route 31.  It was stocked on March 7, 2017.
Anglers should be aware that designated Stocked Trout Waters are closed to fishing until April 15, 2017 at 8:00 AM; however there are still some lakes and sections of streams (delayed harvest) that are open to year round fishing.  Anglers are reminded that NO trout are to be harvested until 8:00 AM on April 15, 2017 and that special regulations apply to Delayed Harvest Artificial Lures Only (DHALO) sections. All regulations can be found in the summary book, online on the PFBC website, or by using a smart phone to access the FishBoatPA app. 
Bridgeport Dam is producing bass in the 3-pound range when fishing with plastics and stick baits.   

march 15, 2017

Eastern Allegheny County
All district Stocked Trout Waters have received their pre-season trout stocking. 
With the exception of the Delayed Harvest Artificial Lures Only (DHALO) sections of Deer Creek and Bull Creek, district trout waters are closed to fishing until the opening day of trout season, April 15, 2017. 
Deer Lakes are managed under the Stocked Trout Waters program and are not open to fishing until the opening day of trout season.
Walleye are being caught on the Allegheny River in Sharpsburg. 
All Boaters are reminded to use extreme caution while on the Allegheny River.  With the recent rains, expected snowfall and warmer temperatures, the water levels on the Allegheny River are expected to rise.
If the boat registration sticker on the side of your boat has a 17 on it, it will expire on March 31, 2017.  Either mail in your renewal or do it online to ensure your boat is registered for the upcoming boating season.
Eastern Armstrong County and Indiana County
Anglers at Yellow Creek Lake have reported sizeable catches of crappie and Northern Pike.
Angling pressure at Blue Spruce Lake has been light all winter.  Anglers that come out have been catching Largemouth Bass as well as Rainbow Trout.  Hackle tail spinners of various colors seem to be the ticket.
Yellow Creek section 4 was stocked on March 3, 2017.  Although the conditions were less than ideal, plenty of fish were put in the water.  Volunteers were able to float stock from the parking lot at Ferrier Run Road to just above the Homer City Water Authority Reservoir. 
Plum Creek section 1 in Armstrong County was stocked on March 2, 2017.  Plenty of sizeable fish were placed in the water with some monster Golden Rainbow Trout.
Anglers are reminded that both Yellow Creek and Plum Creek are Stocked Trout Waters and are therefore closed to angling until April 15, 2017 at 8:00 am. 
Beaver County
Brady’s Run Lake (Stocked Trout Water Open to Year-Round Fishing) was stocked with a full truckload of trout last week.  Spectators and anglers saw many large Rainbow Trout and Golden Rainbow going into the lake. After the stocking was completed, the lines were cast but the fish were not cooperating. Anglers tried several different baits with only a couple of trout caught. The windy weather and turbid water were likely factors in the lack of bites.
The Beaver River and Ohio River were flowing high and fast this week, making fishing difficult.  Light fishing pressure was observed at the popular spots.
Cambria County
Anglers are catching nice Bluegill and crappie at Glendale Lake.
Anglers are catching some nice Yellow Perch at Ebensburg Reservoir and Wilmore Dam.
Duman Lake and Lake Rowena and all waters in the Stocked Trout Waters program are closed to all angling until 8:00 am on April 15, 2017.
Northern Somerset County
Adult trout stocking is occurring in the local trout streams. The Catch and Release Fly Fishing Only section of Clear Shade Creek is stocked and the lower gate is open and should remain open for the season. 
The two Delayed Harvest Artificial Lures Only (DHALO) sections of Laurel Hill Creek were stocked on March 11, 2017.  Laurel Hill State Park recently completed some much needed habitat work on Laurel Hill Creek near Buck Run. 
Somerset Lake is drawn down seven feet and the seasons, sizes, and creel limits have been eliminated.  Anglers have been catching a few crappies and bass.
Anglers are catching some legal Northern Pike at the Quemahoning Reservoir.
Laurel Hill Lake is a Stocked Trout Water Open to Year-Round Fishing. It remains open to fishing but no harvest on trout is permitted until 8:00 a.m. on opening day, April 15, 2017.  There are plenty of trout to catch in this impoundment.
Southern Somerset County
The Keystone Select Stocked Trout Waters section of Laurel Hill Creek (section 3) and the Delayed Harvest Artificial Lures Only (DHALO) section (section 6) were stocked on March 11, 2017 as scheduled.  Both sections were stocked with nice-sized Brown Trout and were hitting lures and streamers the next day. The access road to the Keystone Select Stocked Trout Waters section of Laurel Hill Creek is closed to vehicles until the snow is gone or April 1 - whichever comes first. It is walk-in only at this time.
The Youghiogheny River outflow (section 1) is a Stocked Trout Water Open to Year-Round Fishing.  You may fish it, but it is catch and release till the opening day of trout.  Anglers are catching nice-sized Brown Trout and Rainbow trout on lures and live bait. Just a reminder that all trout caught must be released immediately and unharmed.
Due to the snow storm on March 14, 2017, the stockings for Casselman River section 1 and Tub Mill Run were rescheduled for March 21, 2017 at the same time and meeting place.  
The stocking for Flaugherty Creek and Elk Lick Creek were also rescheduled for March 24, 2017 at the same time and meeting place.
Lakes in the county that were open water are now a mix of thin ice and open water.
Laurel Hill Creek section 5 and section 4 will be stocked March 18, 2017 as scheduled. 
Those interested in attending a stocking are encouraged to check the PFBC stocking schedule before heading out.  Any changes to the schedule are made in real time and will be reflected on the website.
Washington County
Fishing in Washington County has been productive at select locations.
Anglers are catching panfish on live bait during warmer days at many of our local reservoirs. Afternoon hours have been best for Bluegill and crappie as they move in from deeper water to more shallow water.
The Monongahela River has remained high and off color which has slowed the fishing down significantly. The Delayed Harvest Artificial Lures Only (DHALO) sections of Pike Run and Dutch Fork have been stocked with trout and are fishing well.  Those sections offer a great opportunity to catch some early season trout!

Pictured is one of the trout that was caught on March 2, 2017 within the Keystone Select Stocked Trout Waters section of Loyalhanna Creek.  Notice how they took a quick picture in the water and then immediately released the trout unharmed as required.  Some mortality was seen last year due to anglers holding the fish and removing their protective mucus coating.  Holding the fish out of the water for an extended period for that “perfect pose” is illegal and in most cases kills.  That trophy fish, if released properly, gives the same experience to other anglers all summer long.  The best way to release a trout is to keep the fish in the water, in a net, and quickly remove the lure.

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