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Map highlighting counties in the Southwest RegionREGION COUNTIES -- Allegheny, Armstrong, Beaver, Cambria, Fayette, Greene, Indiana, Somerset, Washington, Westmoreland (County Guide)

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

Fishing and Boating Report – April 27, 2016
Greene County and Southern Washington County

Trout anglers are finding success on area streams fishing small minnows and cured eggs under a bobber. Water levels are low and clear making trout very particular on feeding. Average temperature is 64 degrees.

River anglers are seeing good catch rates of Walleye, White Bass, and Largemouth Bass near area lock and dams. Anglers should familiarize themselves with seasons, sizes, and limits before heading out.

All canoes, kayaks, and vessels under 16 feet are still required to wear an US Coast Guard approved life jacket until April 30, 2016.

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Fishing and Boating Report – April 22, 2016
Eastern Armstrong County and Indiana County

Trout season is off and running! Anglers enjoyed beautiful weather and good air temperatures. The fishing was slow on most local streams. The water was crystal clear and the blue sky made the fish skittish.

Local streams will begin receiving in-season stockings this week. Check the PFBC website for stocking schedules.

Boat docks have been installed at all the boat launches at Yellow Creek Lake. Numerous boats have been observed and the catch reports have been low. Water temperatures have been in the low 50s and rising. The bite should pick up with rising temperatures.

The boat dock at Keystone Lake’s Atwood Launch has been installed for the season. Water temperature remains cool, in the low 50s. Anglers report catching a few Muskellunge and bass.

Greene County and Southern Washington County

Trout anglers were out in force this weekend for the opening day of trout.
Anglers were met by the best trout opener weather in years, but the nice weather also brought lower water conditions along with warmer streams.  Some anglers beat the odds and had full stringers earlier than others.

The bite was tough at Lake Wilma where water was warm and clear. 
Anglers at Ryerson State Park were catching plenty of fish on paste baits and worms.

Ten Mile Creek saw an abundance of anglers that had good creels.  These dedicated campers saw success on spinners and power worms.

Some large breeders were seen in South Fork Dunkard Fork of Wheeling Creek in some of the larger holes that it seemed no one was interested in!

Anglers are encouraged to come out and help stock the waterways.  Check the PFBC website for stocking schedules.

Somerset County

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8-year old David and his dad, Ben Dickun, of Apollo, fished McClintock Run on the Opening Day of Trout season. David caught five Brook Trout by 8:15 am! All were caught on artificial scented nymphs.

Anglers are doing really well on the special regulation sections of Laurel Hill Creek.  Water conditions have been ideal.

Anglers are catching some nice Channel Catfish at Somerset Lake.

One angler reported catching and releasing a 31.5-inch Brown Trout at the Quemahoning Reservoir.   Anglers are catching some really nice Northern Pike on shiners at this location.
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Fishing and Boating Report – April 13, 2016
Allegheny County and Westmoreland County

Turtle Creek, on the boarder of Allegheny and Westmoreland Counties, has recently been stocked. Westmoreland County Parks and Recreation removed the rail line that ran alongside the creek and a trail has been made. The trail gives incredible access to Turtle Creek between Monroeville and Trafford, with very scenic areas that were previously only accessible with some hard hiking. Anglers are encouraged to enjoy this area on the opening day of trout season this Saturday.

Beaver County

Anglers were toughing out the cold weather and wind and catching trout at Raccoon Lake last week. Baits that are working are green paste bait along with scented worms.  Raccoon Lake is a Stocked Trout Water Open to Year-Round Fishing.  These waters are open to fishing from March 1 to opening day of trout season; however no trout may be taken or possessed on these waters during this period.

Anglers fishing the Ohio River and Beaver River are starting to catch catfish.  One angler reported catching a nice sized catfish on the Beaver River using a french fry.

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