Ohio River fishing was slow this past weekend with few anglers reporting any catch at all. Those that were successful were picking up small Freshwater Drum by fishing deep and Smallmouth Bass at the drop offs.
Deer Lakes has been productive for panfish anglers. Bluegills have been hitting on redworms and waxworms.
The Allegheny River, near the mouth of Deer Creek, has been productive for catfish and carp. Closer to 14 Mile Island has been good for Walleye, although most have been on the smaller size.
With Labor Day fast approaching, boaters are reminded that they still need to check their mandatory safety equipment for serviceability and presence.
Keep a sharp eye on the river as well. Debris, especially logs, is often just below the surface. Since the forecast for the next week calls for rain each day, new debris is sure to be a problem.
Adam Locke from Freedom, PA caught and released this giant Flathead Catfish he named “Bert” from the Ohio River near Monaca on August 17, 2014. Bert is 43 pounds, 13 ounces and 42 inches long.
Anglers were seen catching Freshwater Drum, Smallmouth Bass and Rainbow Trout caught on the Youghiogheny River. Fishing on the Monongahela River seems to be slow.
Northern Somerset County
Anglers are catching some bullhead catfish and black bass at Quemahoning Reservoir. One angler recently caught a limit of legal Walleyes.
Some nice Channel Catfish and a few Largemouth Bass are being caught at Lake Somerset.
Anglers are picking up a few Northern Pike, Walleyes, and Smallmouth Bass at Youghiogheny River Lake. One angler reported a 5-pound Smallmouth Bass.
Northern Westmoreland County
The fishing at Loyalhanna Lake has been hit or miss so far this month. Anglers have reported success in the headwaters of the lake where the water is shallow and there is a lot of debris. Boat operators are urged to use extreme caution when leaving the boat ramp and going to the left. The entire area is full of sediment just below the water line if you leave the original channel along the closest shore to the boat ramp. A bass boat was just retrieved today from the sediment due to the depth finder failing.
Donegal Lake is a great Largemouth Bass fishery. PFBC biologists recently completed an aquatic vegetation survey at the lake. Surprisingly, the majority of vegetation was found where Four Mile Run flows into the lake and not much cover in the rest of the lake. This seems to be where crappie, Yellow Perch, Largemouth Bass, and other species are found in good size and numbers. Good size Muskellunge were reported being caught off the Northern shore for those that walk through the heavy brush.