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Reports compiled by Miranda (Mandy) Smith (, Southwest Region Education Specialist, using information provided by Waterways Conservation Officers, Area Fisheries Managers and other PFBC staff.

Fishing and Boating Report – May 20, 2015
Northern Somerset County

One angler caught a 31-inch Brown Trout recently at Quemahoning Reservoir.  Several legal Northern Pike have also been caught. 

A 41-inch Muskellunge was caught at Somerset Lake off of the pier.  Anglers are catching some nice Common Carp as well.

Anglers are catching some nice Walleye at Youghiogheny River Lake.

Anglers are catching a lot of trout at Laurel Hill Lake, mainly due to the fact that it gets stocked with so many of them.

Some nice Bluegill and a few big crappies were caught at Cranberry Glade Lake.

The streams are still plentiful with trout and the pressure is starting to decline.

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Fishing and Boating Report – May 13, 2015
Allegheny County

Anglers fishing with yellow and chartreuse scented artificial bait have been catching trout at Deer Lakes.

The action is steady on both Bull Creek and Deer Creek.  Deer Creek will receive its first in season stocking on May 6, 15.

The Allegheny River Walleye bite has been sporadic.  Anglers are doing well in the morning and late evening.  Minnows are the hot bait right now.

Boaters are reminded to check their equipment before they head out.  Also pay attention to the changing water and weather conditions. Heavy rains and high water can wash large amounts of debris into the water, so keep a watchful eye

A Stewardship Day is being held at North Park on Sunday, May 17, 2015 from 11:00am to 2:00pm.  Volunteers will be picking up litter in and around North Park Lake, Pine Creek, and Marshall Lake.  Volunteers will do their best to not disturb anglers.  Individuals and groups are needed to volunteer.  For more information visit Event partners and sponsors are listed at

Western Armstrong County

Buffalo Creek is producing a great number of trout.  Wax worms and neon green scented artificial bait seem to be the best choices.

Cherry Run has been fished heavily.  Anglers had been doing well on minnows.

The Allegheny River Walleye bite has been sporadic.  Anglers are doing well in the morning and late evening.  Minnows are the hot bait right now. Two large Muskellunge were seen within three feet of an angler on the river.  Neither would hit anything he tossed at them.

Another boating season is upon us.  Boaters are reminded to check their equipment before they head out.  Also pay attention to the changing water conditions.  In the spring we get large amounts of debris with the heavy rains.

Information on flow for the Allegheny River and other waters can be found at the USGS Mobile Water Data website.

Boaters are reminded to stay out of the restricted zones at the dams on the river. 

Greene County and Southern Washington County

Water temperatures in area streams are rising fast. Trout anglers are focusing on sections of Enlow Creek near State Game Lands 302 and Templeton Run.

Panfish are becoming active at most lakes and ponds as well as the major tributaries to the Monongahela River.

Lake Wilma has been producing trout, bass, and crappie in good numbers.

Westmoreland County

A canoe angler fishing the Youghiogheny River from Smithton to West Newton reported Rainbow Trout remaining in the larger riffle areas.  Smallmouth Bass have yet to really turn on in this part of the river.

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Fishing and Boating Report – May 6, 2015
Allegheny County

Anglers fishing at Lock #5 of the Allegheny River over the weekend reported catching good numbers of sublegal Walleye.

The trout hotspot on Cowashannock Creek was near the Route 28 intersection.
Anglers are reminded that in-season trout stockings are still going strong!  Great trout fishing continues through most of June before picking up again in the fall.  View trout stocking schedules on PFBC’s website or on the Commission’s FishBoatPA mobile app.

Beaver County

The Beaver River and Ohio River are producing some exceptional fish right now. The water temperatures are rising and fish are biting.  Catfish, Northern Pike, Crappie and Walleye have been caught over the weekend and at good sizes.  Live bait seems to be producing the best results: Bluegill, minnows and chubs.

Beaver County Sportsmen’s Conservation League held their annual kids derby at Hopewell Township Park Pond over the weekend.  The event drew a lot of kids from throughout the region and the weather was spectacular.  The bite was a little slow at first, but the kids had a blast and many prizes were handed out.

Raccoon Lake and Traverse Creek were stocked with trout on May 2, 2015.  Because of the warm weather and sunshine many children were able to lend a hand carrying buckets to the water.  They couldn’t wait to get back to the stocking truck to get another bucket of fish, laughing and giggling the whole time.

Cambria County

Kayakers enjoying the beautiful weather on Wilmore Day on Saturday, May 2, 2015

Bluegill and crappie were very active at Wilmore Dam over the weekend.  One pair of anglers reported that Saturday was the best day of fishing in many years. The couple were fishing from a  boat near the boat launch area of the dam. They quickly hooked a total of 50 panfish between them.  They reported that they were still biting when the husband said he had enough fish to clean for supper!

Washington County

The fishing in Washington County has been great in all areas. However the Monongahela River is still up and the water is still cold.   Anglers should be especially careful when fishing from small boats—and as always Wear Your Life Jacket.  Anglers and boaters can find information on stream flow for the Monongahela River and other waters from the USGS Mobile Water Data website.

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