|Western Armstrong County
Anglers are catching some nice Channel Catfish on Crooked Creek Lake and picking up some Largemouth Bass in shoreline structure at the lake as well.
Anglers continue to try their luck while the summer heat of July and August warmed the water temperatures on local waterways. Many have switched tactics to fishing only at night and some have braved the heat and are fishing during the daytime. Regardless, anglers have reported catching nice-sized catfish and Walleye from the Ohio River and Beaver River throughout the day and night.
If you are interested in fishing a catfish tournament, there are several scheduled during the month of August. Stop by your local bait shop and ask about them. They are becoming more popular and they are a good way to meet fellow anglers.
Anglers report catching Largemouth Bass at Brady’s Run Lake in the 19 to 20-inch range over the weekend. Good bait for this time of the year at Brady’s Run Lake are soft plastic worms or creature baits bounced off the bottom.
With the warm weather the catch has been slow. Anglers have found some success at Hinkston Run Reservoir, however, where they are catching some Brown Trout in the 20-inch plus range.
Fishing and boating in the district are finally back to normal summertime usage. Flows on the Allegheny River, Kiskiminetas River, and Youghiogheny River are at the normal summertime low flow, which allows for great access.
Allegheny River anglers are producing consistent numbers of Walleye nightly on the downstream side of all the locks. Most anglers report catching numerous sublegal Walleye (under 15 inches); however the big ones are at these locations as well.
The Kiskiminetas River is looking to be a destination spot for Smallmouth Bass in the coming years. Many anglers are using kayaks to reach the hard-to-fish, desolate locations of the Kiskiminetas River and have found success.
Loyalhanna Watershed Association and the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy recently reported finding a dobsonfly larva, or hellgrammite, in Loyalhanna Creek near the swinging bridge in the Keystone Select Stocked Trout Waters section. This is the first documented hellgrammite found in Loyalhanna Creek in almost 20 years. The hellgrammite is an insect that only appears in cold, fast flowing, well-oxygenated streams, lakes, and rivers.
Consistent numbers of Yellow Perch, bass, catfish, and Bluegill are being reported in the shallow headwaters of Loyalhanna Lake. The channel is marked but due to construction and little rain it is incredibly shallow going through that area. The anglers that do make it report catching good number of fish every time. Some anglers even said they are forced to use only one rod due to the frequency of catching fish. Be careful navigating these waters. Some boaters have gotten caught in the sediment after going too fast. If this happens to you, do not leave the safety of the boat. The mud in most areas is much deeper than your head and will suck you in like quicksand.
Anglers are reminded that you are still required to display your fishing license in Pennsylvania.
Pennsylvania boating regulations can be found http://www.fish.state.pa.us/bookboat.htm. All boats, including kayaks and paddleboards, must be in compliance with state and federal requirements.