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

September 23, 2020

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Allegheny County

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Tyler Cunningham, of Munhall, launching out of Duck Hollow (the confluence of 9 Mile Run and the Monongahela River), a popular fishing spot off Old Browns Hill Rd, City of Pittsburgh.

Duck Hollow recently had a new bridge installed and foot access to the launch area is a little longer than in the past since part of the area that has the kayak launch has been blocked off for vehicles.

The area that is blocked off will greatly help in curbing illegal dumping, but it makes it a little longer to launch (Tyler had a set of wheels that went on one end of the kayak).  

So, if using the Duck Hollow area for the first time, or if you are familiar with the area (before the bridge replacement), plan accordingly.  

The area offers some impressive fishing, either by shore or boat.


Armstrong County

Notice: PFBC plans to close the Freeport Access of the Allegheny River from October 5, 2020 to October 10, 2020 to replace the deteriorated road and parking area with a new pavement.


Greene County and Southern Washington County

Monongahela River anglers have been seeing good catch rates on Muskellunge in the early morning hours after the fog burns off. Anglers are trolling 3-5 feet deep near weed beds.

Water temperatures are fluctuating between mid-70's to low 80's and multiple fish species are responding to it well by feeding heavily.

Bait balls have been seen in Dunkard Creek with Hybrid White Bass being the cause of these small fish swarms.

Anglers near Point Marion are catching decent size Walleyes on worm harnesses.


Westmoreland County


Jared Yesko recently caught a nice Common Carp at Keystone Lake using a
hot dog for bait. His 3.5-year-old son, Holden, was his assistant angler.



September 16, 2020

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Central Allegheny County 

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The Braund Family discovered the joys of kayaking for the first time this year.  Their adventure is taking place at North Park Lake over the Labor Day weekend.  As the family explained, they had to go on a local retailerwebsite  at 4:30 AM in order to secure the kayaks, due to the overwhelming demand this year. 

Kayaking, as well as boating in general, has become a very popular way of enjoying the outdoors and social distancing at the same time. 

Although the Braund Family had their safety equipment, not all boaters have been so diligent this year, in knowing the rules.  

The two items that (at a minimum), you need for all watercraft, are a properly fitted Life Jacket, and a sound producing device (a coaches whistle makes an excellent choice for small non-powered craft). 

If you boat on the waters of the Commonwealth, please take a minute and know the safety equipment and precautions needed.  It may very well save your life. 


Armstrong County 

Shore anglers at Keystone Power Dam are having success, and are able to access plenty of shoreline due to low water conditions.  Boaters should be mindful of the changing water conditions and maintain a strong lookout for new obstructions in the water.  


Fayette County 

Anglers are catching some Yellow Perch at Virgin Run Lake 

Anglers had several Muskellunge follow their baits on the Youghiogheny River below Connellsville. 


Indiana County 

Anglers at Blue Spruce Lake are catching Largemouth Bass and panfish


Shore anglers at Yellow Creek Lake have been able to access vast amounts of shoreline at the lake due to low water conditions.  Anglers are catching catfish and Northern Pike using live bait.  


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