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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 – August 26, 2015
Allegheny County

Fishing has been productive over the last few days.  Anglers are reporting catches of bass and catfish in the Allegheny River near Harmar and Tarentum. Walleye are being caught closer to Pittsburgh.  Most are sublegal but a few are really nice sized.

There has been little to no activity on the trout streams. Anglers wishing to try their luck should focus on Deer Creek’s deeper holes.  Be sure to give the turnpike construction areas a wide berth.

More than 60 people learned basic fishing skills with their families at two PFBC Family Fishing Programs at North Park during the month of August.  Upcoming Family Fishing Programs can be found at www.gonefishingpa.com.

North Park FFP

North Park FFP

Boating activity has really picked up in the past week.  The sporting events and concerts on the North Shore have provided quite the draw.  Several boats were stopped over the past weekend that had unserviceable equipment or were missing required equipment.  Missing life jackets will result in a citation.  If you are unsure about what the minimum required safety equipment is for your boat, check your Boating Handbook for a summary of what’s needed before you launch or leave the dock.

Fayette County

Anglers are catching trout, Smallmouth Bass, Freshwater Drum, Channel Catfish and Walleye in the Youghiogheny River.

Catfish, bass and Walleye are being caught in the Monongahela River.

Greene County and Southern Washington County

Freshwater Drum, Channel Catfish and Bass are all being caught in the Monongahela River. Anglers are reporting steady Muskellunge chases, as well as catches, near area tributaries to the Monongahela River.

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Fishing and Boating Report – August 19, 2015
Fayette County

Walleye are still being caught from the deeper pools of the Youghiogheny River.  Anglers are also catching nice size Smallmouth Bass and Freshwater Drum. Rainbow Trout and Brown Trout are being caught in the colder section near Ohiopyle.

Anglers at Dunlap Lake are still catching trout from boats at night.

Southern Somerset County

Two bass tournaments held at High Point Lake - one in late July and the other in early August - yielded two Largemouth Bass just over 7 pounds and one Largemouth Bass at 6 pounds 15 ounces.  Between the two tournaments, 109 Bass were caught with winning weights of 19.3 and 19.8 pounds. 

Connor Davis, age 11, from Pittsburgh caught his first fish - a 13.5-inch Smallmouth Bass on a jitterbug at High Point Lake while night fishing for the first time.  Other fish being caught there include sunfish, Chain Pickerel and catfish.

Some nice trout are still being caught from the outflow of the Youghiogheny River down to the All Tackle Trophy Trout Project section.  Anglers report nice bass also being caught in the All Tackle Trophy Trout Project section below Ramcat Run. This section was recently stocked with adult trout from the Chestnut Ridge Trout Unlimited Chapter Cooperative Nursery.  The last trout stocking for Section 1 is scheduled for Friday Sept. 4, 2015.

Anglers fishing Youghiogheny River Lake are reporting mostly bass, Channel Catfish, and a few Northern Pike and Walleye from both boat and shore.

Rainbow Trout are being caught throughout Laurel Hill Lake and at the spillway.

The local creeks are low but trout can still be found in the deeper, cooler sections.

With the hot, humid weather the past two weekends boating has picked up and so has the violations.  Remember not to leave your common sense at the dock.

Northern Westmoreland County

Fishing and boating in the district are finally back to normal summertime usage. Flows on the Allegheny River, Kiskiminetas River, and Youghiogheny River are normal summertime low flow which allows for great access.

Anglers on the Allegheny River are producing consistent numbers of Walleye nightly on the downstream side of all the locks. Most anglers report catching numerous sublegal Walleye; however the big ones are at these locations as well.
The Kiskiminetas River’s Smallmouth Bass population is going to make the river a hotspot in the coming years. A lot of anglers are taking advantage of kayaks to reach the hard to fish, desolate locations of the river and have found success.

Good luck out there and remember in Pennsylvania you are still required to display your fishing license. Also, check out the website www.fishandboat.com for boating regulations. All boaters, including kayakers, need to be in compliance with the regulations.

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Fishing and Boating Report – August 12, 2015
Fayette County

This week, anglers have caught the following species of fish on the Youghiogheny River: Smallmouth Bass, Freshwater Drum, Walleye, Channel Catfish, Rock Bass, and trout. The trout are mostly in the fast water, while the Walleye (two over 20 inches) were caught in deep slow water.

Fayette / Somerset Counties

PFBC Area 8 Fisheries Biologists recently released their “2014 Trap Net and Night Electrofishing Survey” Report for the Youghiogheny River Lake. The findings show that, overall, the Youghiogheny River Lake provides “excellent fishing opportunities for Walleye and Smallmouth Bass, and fair fishing opportunities for other gamefish and panfish.”

Greene / S. Washington Counties

Area anglers have been reporting higher numbers of Channel Catfish and White Bass in the areas of Tenmile Creek and Dunkard Creek. Whitely Creek anglers are catching Rock Bass and various Panfish. North Fork Tenmile Creek has been active with Drum, Smallmouth Bass, Rock Bass, and Brown Trout.

Allegheny County

There will be a Family Fishing Program at North Park (Mars Shelter) on Saturday, August 22, 2015, beginning at 9:00 AM. While registration is currently full, if you would like to attend a similar program in your area, please visit our Calendar of Events page for updates.

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