Matt Wolfe snagged this 3.5-foot, 18-pound Paddlefish while targeting catfish on the Monongahela River in Pittsburgh on June 11, 2015. The paddlefish was released unharmed.
To learn more about Paddlefish visit http://www.fishandboat.com/pafish/fishhtms/chap6.htm. For the latest reports on Paddlefish populations in Pennsylvania visit http://fishandboat.com/anglerboater/2012ab/vol81num1_janfeb/07paddle.pdf and http://fishandboat.com/images/reports/2013bio/8x12_10paddlefish.pdf.
Greene County and Washington County
Rain has been hard on area anglers. Catfish activity in the Monongahela River near tributaries and structure has been improving. A 35-40 pound Flathead Catfish was recently caught at the Rice’s Landing lock wall. Anglers are reporting other large catfish in the same area.
Freshwater Drum, also known as Sheepshead, are biting well on the Monongahela River.
In addition, the Maxwell Lock and Dam area is producing Walleye of legal size and some catfish.
Greys Landing Lock and Dam area is showing good catch rates of Walleye and Yellow Perch.
Many anglers are reporting American Eels between Greys Landing and Maxwell.
Over 120 people took advantage of PFBC’s “Family Fishing” station at Somerset Lake Action Committee’s Lake Fest event on Saturday, June 13, 2015.
Participants were able to borrow equipment and fish with the exemption of a fishing license. For many families new to fishing this was a great opportunity to give it a try, with a helping hand from Commission staff and volunteers. A good number of kids caught their first fish ever during Lake Fest!
Logan Valentine, of Stoystown, gladly displays her first fish – a Bluegill
Tucker Martin also caught his first fish at Lake Fest. His brother, Logan Weyand, holds the Bluegill before releasing it back into the lake.
Nikki Nunn caught several fish at Lake Fest, including this Bluegill that her grandfather helped her release
Walker Alexander, of Friedens, displays one the fish he caught at Lake Fest