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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 – June 21, 2016

Central Allegheny County

IMPORTANT NOTICE: The South Side Boat Ramp at Riverfront Park in Pittsburgh is under construction and will be closed until July 1, 2016.

Many anglers are enjoying fishing downtown Pittsburgh at Point State Park.  Anglers report catching a wide variety of fish at the Point, including catfish, carp, bass and Walleye.  Almost any kind of bait has been known to land fish, including fast food french fries.
The Three Rivers have a great deal to offer, and Point State Park is a great place to relax and enjoy fishing from shore.

Fayette County

The Youghiogheny River was muddy and high all of last week.  It is starting to clear up to fishable conditions.  Anglers are now catching bass and Freshwater Drum on live bait.  Trout are being caught between Ohiopyle and Connellsville.  Carp are coming to the surface to eat the cicadas from the top of the water.
Anglers are catching catfish on the Monongahela River below the dams.  One angler caught a Quillback Carpsucker near Charleroi.

Greene County and Southern Washington County

Local waterways are blown out due to flood stage rain events that occurred two days in a row during the week of June 13, 2016. The district Waterways Conservation Officer patrolled from the state line to Elizabeth this past week with hardly any fish seen or reported caught. The subsequent dry period should return the waters to fishable condition soon.

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Fishing and Boating Report – June 15, 2016
Eastern Allegheny County

Trout are still being caught in the streams.  Avoid the heat of the day and try your luck around dusk and dawn when the trout will be most active.

The Allegheny River has been giving up catches of Smallmouth Bass around Deer Creek and the mouth of Pine Creek.

The Walleye bite has slowed, but they are still being caught around the mouths of creeks and downstream of District U.S. Army Corps of Engineers lock and dams.

Boating has picked up in the last few weeks.  Boaters are urged to check their safety equipment before departing and to be courteous to not only other boaters, but shoreline residents as well.

Boaters using the locks in the Three Rivers area need to be aware that commercial traffic (barges) have the right of way and priority over recreational boaters.  Ask the lock and dam staff if there will be any commercial traffic that day so that you may avoid long wait times at the locks.

Also, do not block the approach lanes for the locks.  Barges have no brakes and take a significant distance to stop or turn.  For more information, including lock contact numbers, visit http://www.lrp.usace.army.mil/Missions/Navigation.aspx.

Northern Westmoreland County

Many anglers have stopped fishing for trout throughout the district. Streams like Fourmile Run and Mill Creek are still loaded with trout. An angler the other day reportedly caught 30 fish in four hours on these streams.

Crappie and Yellow Perch are being caught in the outflow of both Conemaugh River Lake and Loyalhanna Lake due to the increased water discharge of the dams. Anglers are using large ocean variety weights to get the bait to the fish.

The Keystone Select Stocked Trout Waters continue to see a large amount of fishing pressure. Anglers are reminded that during the time from one hour before sunrise on June 15 to one hour after sunset on Labor Day you may keep trout larger than 9 inches and 3 total in possession. Fishing still has to be done with artificial lures only.

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Fishing and Boating Report – June 8, 2016
Eastern Armstrong County and Indiana County

Anglers are enjoying the trout bite at Blue Spruce Lake.  Bass fishing is slow but anglers are catching some in varying sizes.

Weather has slowed the fish bite at Yellow Creek Lake, but you can still enjoy the water with a boat rental at the park.  Northern Pike were being caught with the biggest reported at 24 inches. The panfish bite has been slow.

Muskellunge anglers are out in force and doing well at Keystone Lake.  Some smaller fish have been reported but the largest came in at 45 inches. Anglers are throwing large spinner and stick baits.  Bass fishing has been slow, like other parts of the county, but anglers remain hopeful that the fish will start biting.

Beaver County

Many anglers reported catching sizable Flathead Catfish, Freshwater Drum and Common Carp over the weekend along the Ohio River and Beaver River.  Most of the catfish and drum were caught on dough balls and hot dogs. Some of the catfish were caught on cut bait and chubs.

A few anglers caught Northern Pike below the Montgomery Lock and Dam.

Greene County and Southern Washington County

The Monongahela River is average flow with mild debris still coming up from West Virginia.

Smallmouth Bass and White Bass are hitting live minnows near area Lock and Dams.

Spotted Gar are being caught in the evening hours on Ten Mile Creek and the tailwaters of Maxwell Lock and Dam.

A mid 60-pound Flathead Catfish was reported being caught near the Rices Landing Lock wall. Photographs appear to be legitimate but no official weight was ever obtained.

Northern Somerset County

Anglers are catching some nice Largemouth Bass at Somerset Lake.  One angler reported a 14-pound Common Carp caught at the lake on June 4, 2016.

At the Quemahoning Reservoir anglers are catching some nice Northern Pike and Smallmouth Bass. 

Anglers are still catching trout at Laurel Hill Lake.

A few Walleyes have been reported at Youghiogheny River Lake.

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Fishing and Boating Report – June 1, 2016
Northern Somerset County

Carp are currently spawning at Somerset Lake.  A few Channel Catfish have been caught.  One angler caught a 31-inch Bowfin. 

A few northern pike have been caught at the Quemahoning Reservoir.  One angler reported catching several large Yellow Bullhead.

The trout bite is fantastic at Laurel Hill Lake and Kooser Lake.

Stream flows are optimal and there are plenty of trout to be caught.

Greene County and Southern Washington County

Trout anglers are still finding success in area waters.  Browns Creek near the confluence with Garner Run has been active, as well as the area just south of Gristmill near the private driveway crossing.

Anglers fishing Lake Wilma are still catching big Rainbow Trout as well as Bluegills and heavy crappie.

The Monongahela River is still running about two feet high and it is muddy with a good amount of debris. Boaters should use caution when traveling at dusk or daybreak due to the debris fields.

Flathead anglers are seeing some nice 20-30 pond fish coming from the Rice’s Landing and Maxwell Lock and Dam areas. A few Walleye and White Bass have been caught at Maxwell L/D during the early evening hours.

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