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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 – August 17, 2016
Northern Somerset County

Somerset Lake anglers are doing well at night for Channel Catfish.

Anglers are reporting some nice Walleyes while trolling the Quemahoning Reservoir.  One 37-inch Northern Pike was caught and released.

Smallmouth Bass fishing at Youghiogheny River Lake has been steady over the past few weeks.

There are plenty of trout to go after in the deep, cold water in the local streams.

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Fishing and Boating Report – August 10, 2016
Western Allegheny County

The evening Walleye bite on the Ohio River is hot. Anglers are reporting productive results with small, 2 to 3-inch, hard and soft plastic minnow baits after the sun sets and the recreational boating traffic dies down.  

Catfish are hitting up near the Kilbuck Access on chicken livers and small Bluegills.   

The PFBC Kilbuck access is a great place to access the Ohio River below the Emsworth Dam.  It is really convenient to many boaters and anglers, as it is just off of I- 79 and Ohio River Blvd (Route 65).  Boaters are reminded to have all the required safety equipment and either a valid registration for powered boats or a PFBC Launch Permit for unpowered boats.  

Central Allegheny County

The lack of rain may not be good for some; however, it has made boating on the Three Rivers (Pittsburgh) Great!  There is very little debris in the water which makes navigating very easy.  Make sure to get out on the water as we have a few more weekends left to enjoy all that the Three Rivers and the Point has to offer. 

And don’t forget that even if you don’t have access to a powerboat, kayak rentals are available right next door to PNC Park (Under the 6th St Bridge on the Allegheny River).

So get out there and enjoy yourself, and as always, please wear your life jacket….

W. Armstrong County

Anglers have reported catching legal size walleye on the Allegheny River near Cowashannok Access. Anglers are also picking up some Black Crappie near the swimming area in Crooked Creek Lake.

Washington County

Anglers fishing Cross Creek Lake have been catching nice sized panfish using live bait under a float.  Bass fishing at Cross Creek Lake has been slow, but is expected to pick up as the weather cools. Fishing for catfish on the Monongahela River has been exceptional at night with chicken livers being the bait of choice.  There have been many people enjoying boating on the Monongahela River with the nice weather and water conditions despite local heavy rain.

Fayette County

Anglers are picking up Smallmouth bass, drum and catfish in the Youghiogheny River from Ohiopyle to Boston.

Eastern Allegheny County

Fishing

Heavy weed cover encompasses much of Lower and Middle Deer Lakes.  However, anglers are still finding success on bluegills and bass by fishing the edges.  Lower, Middle and Upper (West) Deer Lakes are classified as Big Bass Waters so additional regulations apply.

Allegheny River anglers are reporting catches of catfish and Smallmouth Bass near the Deer Creek Access Area.  With daily high temperatures in the 80’s and the water low and clear, most action has been at or around dusk.

Boating

Be cautious when boating at this time of year due to low water.  Gravel and sand bars move on the river from year to year, so going slow and keeping a sharp eye out is the best course of action.  With rain forecasted each day this week, keep a sharp eye out for debris as the water rises.

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Fishing and Boating Report – August 3, 2016
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.

Beaver County

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.

Cambria County
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.

N. Westmoreland

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.

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