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SW REGION REPORTS

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


Armstrong County

Anglers are catching Muskellunge as well as a few Walleye at Keystone Power Dam.  Water levels at the impoundment continue to drop and recent high air temperatures have slowed the catch of Largemouth Bass and Smallmouth Bass.  

Anglers are catching bass, Walleye and trout on Cowanshannock Creek near the Buttermilk Falls Area. 



Beaver County

The Raccoon Lake trout stocking scheduled for October 3, 2019 has been rescheduled for October 30, 2019 due to high water temperatures. We will now meet on at the park office on the 30th at noon. 

Anglers are doing really well catching Flathead Catfish on the Beaver River and Ohio River. Large baits are catching the larger fish. Anglers are getting the most bites fishing near structure at night.


Anglers are catching Largemouth Bass on Raccoon Lake and at the spillway on artificial lures. The average size is between 12 and 14 inches. }


Fayette County and Westmoreland County

Anglers are catching Largemouth Bass at Green Lick Reservoir on soft plastic rigs around the lake. Anglers are catching a few Walleye by trolling.  

Bridgeport Dam is producing nice crappies, some well above 10 inches.   

Loyalhanna Creek continues to produce trout on live bait, outside of the delayed harvest area, and in deeper holes.  Anglers are catching Carp and there was even a report of a Muskellunge sighting in the creek.  

With the warm air and water temperatures, trout anglers are reminded to check the agency’s mobile application and website for re-scheduling of fall stockings but fall trout fishing is just around the corner!  

Boaters are reminded to have their boats serviced and winterized for storage to maintain a strong running vessel for next season.   


Indiana County

The stocking for Blue Spruce Lake previously scheduled for October 2, 2019 was postponed due to elevated water temperatures.  The rescheduled date of stocking will be October 21, 2019.  

Anglers at Yellow Creek Lake continue to take advantage of the drawdown, accessing previously inaccessible areas by foot.  Anglers report catches of Largemouth Bass as well as Muskellunge.  





October 2, 2019


Eastern Allegheny County

Water levels are low throughout the district.  Despite the warm weather, anglers are catching bass at the mouths of the creeks that empty into the Allegheny River.  Large minnows are the hot bait now as the fish begin to bulk up for the winter.

As reported in the news, an invasive Northern Snakehead was caught on the Monongahela River.  The Allegheny River holds a small population of native Bowfin, which resembles the Snakehead.  Be sure you know the difference between the two.

Trout stocking is set for October 22, 2019 for Deer Lakes and the Delayed Harvest Artificial Lures Only (DHALO) section of Deer Creek

As you pull your boat for the season, check over your gear to ensure all required safety items are serviceable and present.  If something needs replaced, now is the time you can usually find discounts, as sporting goods retailers are switching over to hunting gear and often put boating related items on clearance.  Remember to store your safety gear in a warm dry location to help ensure it is ready for next year.

 

Western Allegheny County

As the water temps cool off, the bite has started to turn on.   Anglers are reporting catching Smallmouth Bass and Freshwater Drum in tributary streams to the Ohio River on minnows and worms.   Catfish continue to hit chicken livers and frozen shrimp.    

Boating activity has slowed a bit on the Three Rivers but there is still plenty of time to get the boat out before the snow falls.   If you are looking for a little different scenery, and want to get out on the Ohio River, consider launching at the Kilbuck Ramp which is conveniently located just off I-79 and Rt 65.  Make sure you have all required safety equipment and have a current launch permit for unpowered boats or a current registration for powered boats.   


Greene County and Washington County

Walleye fishing is getting better with water temps cooling down on the Monongahela River. Walleye are moving into area tributaries and the locks and dams. White Bass are starting to run bait fish into the tributary waters schooling them up and actively feeding.

Area lakes are seeing an increase in panfish activity.  Dutch Fork Lake has had several Bluegill over 9 inches in recent days.

 




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.