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REGION COUNTIES -- Allegheny, Armstrong, Beaver, Cambria, Fayette, Greene, Indiana, Somerset, Washington, Westmoreland (County Guide)

Fayette County

Anglers fishing the Youghiogheny River are catching Smallmouth Bass, Walleye and Channel Catfish between Dawson and Layton.  Trout and Smallmouth Bass are being caught from Connellsville to Ohiopyle.  The river is at its normal June level and is running clear.

Greene County and Washington County

Area catfish anglers are heavy on the search for large Flathead Catfish ahead of the pending spawn. Some lucky anglers are seeing 30-pound averages out of the Monongahela River. Reports of several nearing 50 pounds have been heard coming from the area near Pumpkin Run.

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Kolton Haywood of Sycamore caught this nice 32-pound
Flathead Catfish on the Monongahela River near Fredericktown.

Somerset County

Anglers are catching some Northern Pike and Smallmouth Bass at the Quemahoning Reservoir.  One angler reported a 28-inch Brown Trout caught from shore.

Anglers are still catching a few trout at Laurel Hill Lake.

Fly anglers are doing well at Kooser Lake.

Cranberry Glade Lake is almost impossible to fish unless you are very good working around the weeds. 

Anglers are catching some nice Bluegills at High Point Lake.

Some nice Walleyes and a few bass are being caught at Youghiogheny River Lake.


Eastern Allegheny County

Water levels remain high on the Allegheny River.  Boaters are urged to use caution due to the large amount of debris that is both visible and non-visible.

Armstrong County

Water levels are on the rise, resulting in the closure of the boat ramp, beach and outflow areas of Crooked Creek Lake.

The Allegheny River is high as well, and caution should be used by anglers and boaters.

Beaver County

Anglers are finding success on both the Beaver River and Ohio River lately. Anglers are catching nice-sized Flathead Catfish, Walleye, and Muskellunge.  

Some excellent fishing can be had at the three dams on the Beaver River (New Brighton, Beaver Falls, and Eastvale). A plastic twist tale grub or minnow on a jig head usually does the trick.

Anglers are still catching trout at Raccoon Lake and Brady's Run Lake. Chartreuse paste baits and maggots were working well within the past couple of weeks. A few anglers have been using cicadas as bait. They are free and easy to find this year and fish find them tasty. 

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