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SW REGION REPORTS

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


November 25, 2020


 

Mandatory Life Jacket Requirement 

Beginning on November 1 and lasting through April 30, boaters are required to wear a U.S. Coast Guard approved life jacket at all times while underway or at anchor on boats less than 16 feet in length or on any kayak, canoe, or paddleboard.  The requirement applies to all Pennsylvania waters.



Western Allegheny County 


The bite has slowed a little on the Ohio River.  Anglers are still catching the occasional Smallmouth Bass and Walleye on minnows near some of the tributary streams. 


Anglers fishing Chartiers Creek are catching catfish on shrimp and hot dogs, and bass on minnows.  Make sure you don’t leave any beverage or bait containers behind when you leave.  Litter is the number one reason private property gets posted no trespassing.   
 


Cambria County 


Fewer anglers have been out, most likely due to the colder weather.  However, the anglers that are out are still catching trout at Lake Rowena and on the North Branch Little Conemaugh at the outflow of Wilmore Reservoir downstream to Route 160. 


Anglers are reminded that the daily creel limit for trout is three during the Extended Season. 

 
 

Northern Fayette and Southern Westmoreland County 


Anglers are catching trout at Twin Lakes on spinners and paste baits.  

Anglers at Indian Lake are catching panfish on flies and are also picking up some nice trout.  


Trout anglers are reminded that lakes within the county designated as Stocked Trout Waters are stocked with fish 


Good luck and most importantly stay safe and healthy! 

 


Washington County 


Trout fishing has been picking up at Canonsburg Lake. The boaters that have been trolling worms or spinners have done the best, but they have been biting on power bait and live bait from shore as well. Remember that we are in the Extended Season and the daily limit is three trout.  


Anglers are catching crappie and panfish aCross Creek Lake with mainly live bait off the points with structure.  


Anglers on the Monongahela River are catching a good number and size of perch below L/D #4 off the rock piles Anglers are catching Channel Catfish and bigger Walleye during the night fishing hoursAnglers are also doing great trolling the channel with spoons, plugs, and worm harnesses. They are picking up a good number of legal size Walleye. 

 


 November 18, 2020

 

Mandatory Life Jacket Requirement 

Beginning on November 1 and lasting through April 30, boaters are required to wear a U.S. Coast Guard approved life jacket at all times while underway or at anchor on boats less than 16 feet in length or on any kayak, canoe, or paddleboard.  The requirement applies to all Pennsylvania waters.


Central Allegheny County 


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No Wake signs were installed this week to inform the boating public of the expansion of the No Wake Zone in downtown Pittsburgh.  With too many people to thank, we would be remiss if we did not thank the crew of the U.S.C.G. Cutter Osage, the City of Pittsburgh, and the Pittsburgh Safe Boating Council. 


The No Wake zone was recently expanded on the Allegheny River to the Veteran’s Bridge and the end date was extended to November 1st. 

The No Wake zone begins on May 1st  in the area of “The Point” and is in effect from 3PM on Fridays through midnight on Sundays. The No Wake zone is also in effect from 3PM on the day preceding Memorial Day, July 4th, and Labor Day until midnight of the holiday. 

 


Washington County 


Trout were stocked at Canonsburg Lake on October 20, 2020 and at Dutch Fork Lake on October 21, 2020. Trout have been biting on power bait and live bait. Remember that we are in the Extended Season and the daily limit is three trout.  


Panfish are being caught, with mainly live bait.  


Anglers are catching Channel Catfish and Walleye night fishing on the Monongahela River. Bass anglers are catching a few fish per trip on soft baits and jigs. 





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