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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 – September 10, 2014
Western Allegheny County

Anglers are picking up catfish in the 3-pound to 5-pound range off the Kilbuck Access and below Emsworth Dam on the Ohio River.  Smallmouth Bass are feeding along the riprap on the Neville Island back channel.

Armstrong County

Several Flathead Catfish over 40 inches have been caught in pool 6 of the Allegheny River in recent weeks.

Smallmouth Bass action in Keystone Lake should pick up as the water cools.
A few trout anglers have been out.  Many trout made it through the summer as a result of ample rainfall.

Greene County and Southern Washington County

Shad runs are being seen in Tenmile Creek and Dunkard Creek.

Bass anglers are having limited success early mornings and late evenings at area tributaries along the Monongahela River.  Walleye are still being caught below the lock and dams at Point Marion and Maxwell. Greys Landing Lock and Dam is seeing large numbers of Longnose Gar and Sauger.

Southern Somerset County

Lake Somerset is currently drawn down seven feet.  Launching boats is extremely difficult.  Anglers are catching some really nice Channel Catfish from the shoreline. 

The water level is slightly down at the Quemahoning Reservoir.  Anglers are doing well on both Smallmouth Bass and Largemouth Bass.  A few nice Northern Pike have been caught.  One angler reported a 14-inch Yellow Perch.

Anglers are doing well on Largemouth Bass at High Point Lake.

Water levels are starting to decrease at Youghiogheny River Lake.  Anglers are catching a few Walleyes and some really nice Smallmouth Bass.

There is not much activity on the trout streams.  Some anglers are reporting success where they find deep holes and cold water.

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Fishing and Boating Report – September 3, 2014
Eastern Allegheny County

Anglers are reporting catches pf small catfish in the Harmar pool of the Allegheny River.  One angler reported catching a 5-pound Smallmouth Bass.  Chipped ham is working for big catfish closer to Pittsburgh.

Deer Lakes continues to give up small panfish.

There has been no activity noted on either Bull Creek or Deer Creek.

Boating was slow over the holiday weekend due to threats of rain.  With fall fast approaching and the Farmer’s Almanac predicting a long cold winter, boating in the Pittsburgh area is coming to a close.  Get out and enjoy it while you can, but be safe on the water.  Check all your equipment before you venture out.

Beaver County

Ohio River fishing has been good recently with anglers catching some nice sized Smallmouth Bass.  The guys that did well were using plastic tube baits.  Flathead Catfish anglers report catching several decent sized fish on chicken liver and cutbaits.

Beaver River fishing has been on the slow side.  Several anglers are waiting for the Striped Bass bite to pick up.  They are managing to catch a few near the Townsend Dam.  Try using a soft plastic jerkbait near the ripples and stronger currents.

Northern Westmoreland County

Fishing is picking up at Green Lick Dam. Anglers are catching typical numbers of Largemouth Bass in two main locations.  The first is accessible from shore or boat and is right next to Mudd School Road between the boat launch and the church.  Anglers have just been walking this section of shoreline and have been producing some good fish.  The other hot spot is the far edge of the lake from the boat ramp where the hillside is very steep.  This area is only fishable by boat.  A wide variety of lures are being been used.

Loyalhanna Lake has been producing good numbers of panfish where Loyalhanna Creek feeds into the lake.  There is a cliff on the left as you enter Loyalhanna Creek and this area has been producing consistent numbers of crappie, Bluegill, and bullhead catfish.  Small live bait is the most preferable for this area.

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Fishing and Boating Report – August 27, 2014
Allegheny County

Penn’s Woods West Chapter of Trout Unlimited completed a stream improvement project on Pine Creek on August 23, 2014.  Staff from the Fish and Boat Commission’s Lake Habitat section planned and supervised the project and provided hands-on assistance.

Stream improvement project

Armstrong County
Fishing on the Allegheny River has been limited lately due to high, muddy waters.  Action has slowed on area lakes also.

Beaver County
Steve Manukas and his family caught about 150 pounds of catfish in 3.5 hours of fishing the Ohio River above Sewickley on August 23, 2014.  Michelle’s largest Flathead Catfish was 41 inches long and weighed 34.5 pounds. Christopher’s largest Flathead Catfish was 38 inches long and weighed 26 pounds. They were using cut shad for bait.

Michelle’s largest Flathead

Christopher’s largest Flathead

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