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Map highlighting counties in the Southwest RegionREGION COUNTIES -- Allegheny, Armstrong, Beaver, Cambria, Fayette, Greene, Indiana, Somerset, Washington, Westmoreland (County Guide)

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 – April 16, 2015
Allegheny County

Ejzak family
The Ejzak Family, from Pittsburgh, got "hooked" on fishing last year when they attended one of PFBC’s Family Fishing Programs. Now they can’t get enough!  The twins, Paul and Charlie, and their father, Paul Sr., couldn't wait for Mentored Youth Day at North Park LakeThe boys were also excited and proud to have their Voluntary Youth Fishing License.

Kayaking
Tim McClain and Alec McElroy from the North Hills of Allegheny County were enjoying North Park Lake on one of the first days over 60 degrees this April. However, the water temperature was only 50 degrees and the two were reminded of the importance of wearing their life jackets as well as the mandatory cold weather life jacket regulation on all watercraft under 16 feet in length and on all kayaks and canoes until April 30.

The Miller family
The Miller family – Andrew, Ryan and Landon – participated in Mentored Youth Day on Big Sewickley Creek

Laina and Taylor Maher
Laina and Taylor Maher enjoyed fishing on Mentored Youth Day with their grandparents on Pine Creek in Hampton Township

Beaver County

Raymond Wolf IV
Raymond Wolf IV of Koppel, PA took advantage of the Mentored Youth Day and landed this nice trout from the South Branch of Brady’s Run

Cambria County

Olivia
Olivia Hrubochak of Northern Cambria had a successful Mentored Youth Day. She caught her limit within an hour fishing with her Dad at Killbuck Run.

Washington County

The Mentored Youth Day was outstanding this past Saturday. A great many families made the most of the opportunity.

Rose family
The Rose family enjoyed the Mentored Youth Day at Canonsburg Lake

Lang family
Cris, Annika, Sarah and Garrett Lang show off a trout caught during Mentored Youth Day at Canonsburg Lake

Tom Wolf mentoring his daughter McKenzie
Tom Wolf mentoring his daughter McKenzie at Mingo Creek on Mentored Youth Trout Day

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Fishing and Boating Report – April 8, 2015
Take part in the PFBC’s Mentored Youth Trout Days. Youth under the age of 16 can join a mentor (adult) angler who has a current fishing license and trout permit to fish on April 11 on Approved Trout Waters in in the Southwest Region on April 11.  For more information visit the Mentored Youth Program page on the PFBC website.

Northern Somerset County

Anglers are doing well catching trout in both of the Delayed Harvest Artificial Lures Only (DHALO) sections of Laurel Hill Creek.  The stream conditions have been favorable.  Hare’s ear nymphs and imitation egg sacks have been the “go to” flies according to one angler.

Anglers are catching a few small Bluegills at Lake Somerset.

At Quemahoning Reservoir one angler reported a 28-inch Brown Trout he landed and lawfully released using a crank bait.  Northern Pike have been biting smelt and live shiners.  A few crappies have also been reported.

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Fishing and Boating Report – April 1, 2015
Allegheny County

North Park Lake is stocked and is an Approved Trout Water Open to Year-Round Fishing.  You can continue to fish - the major difference is you cannot keep any trout between March 1st and the opening day of Trout Season. The opening day this year is April 18th, so go and enjoy yourself and catch some trout.

Deer Creek and Bull Creek have been stocked.  Both streams have Delayed Harvest Artificial Lures Only (DHALO) sections that have been receiving steady pressure.  Flies seem to be out producing the hard lures.

Deer Creek is set to be stocked on April 15, 2015.  This is after the Mentored Youth Day that is scheduled for April 11, 2015.  Although some trout from the fall stocking undoubtedly remain, try either Deer Creek or Bull Creek.  If still water is your choice, North Park Lake is another option.

The water is cold and high in the Allegheny River.  All boaters are urged to wear their life jacket at all times while on the water.  Also, all persons in canoes and kayaks and all boats less than 16 feet in length are required to wear their life jacket while the boat is on the water through April 30. 

Armstrong County

Crooked Creek Lake remains closed due to high water.

Keystone Lake is almost at normal levels but ice still covers the surface.

Buffalo Creek is now at a fishable flow at the Delayed Harvest Artificial Lures Only (DHALO) section.

Cambria County

Most lakes are still frozen over at this time.

All Approved Trout Waters are closed to angling until the opening day of trout.  Exceptions in Cambria County are listed below:

Chest Creek Delayed Harvest Artificial Lures Only (DHALO) area has been stocked.  No creel may occur on this water until June 15, 2015.

Fayette County

Catch rates appear to be low on Virgin Run and Dunbar Creek.

Northern Somerset County

Anglers are taking advantage of the open water at Quemahoning Reservoir and catching some nice Northern Pike.  The largest reported pike was 32 inches and hit on a live minnow.

Lake Somerset is drawn down approximately seven feet. There is little angling pressure as of yet.

Laurel Hill Creek anglers are catching a lot of trout in the Delayed Harvest Artificial Lures Only (DHALO) areas after the rescheduled stockings.  Imitation egg sacks were doing the trick for some of the anglers.  The creek is in good shape.

Washington County

Fishing is on the increase at Canonsburg Lake with the milder temperatures this past weekend.  This lake is an Approved Trout Water Open to Year-Round Fishing but trout may not be harvested until the opening day of Trout Season, April 18, 2015.  Anglers using powerbait have been very successful in the late afternoon.

Michael with Rainbow Trout
Michael Maiorano caught a nice Rainbow Trout while fishing with his uncle Angelo down by the dam at Canonsburg Lake

Northern Westmoreland County

Fishing has been slow throughout the district due to the cold weather and high water.

Anglers have been flocking to the Approved Trout Water Open to Year-Round Fishing. Mammoth Lake and Twin Lakes (upper &lower) are stocked. Keystone Lake and Northmoreland Lake will follow next week.

Anglers are reminded that all trout species caught during this time must be released immediately unharmed and into the waters in which it was caught. Dropping a fish off the rocky shore, digging a hook out of a deeply hooked fish, posing for multiple pictures, etc is not immediately returning the fish unharmed.

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