Kayakers, paddleboarders, canoers, and other unpowered boaters are taking advantage of this warm weather and getting out on local waterways. Raccoon Lake and Brady's Run Lake are popular areas. Paddlers may also consider Raccoon Creek, and Little Beaver Creek, which can also provide a good time during the summer months. Always remember the required and recommended gear to bring with you. Visit the PFBC Boating Regulations page for the most current information on boating rules and regulations.
Western Allegheny County
Anglers are catching catfish of various sizes at the PFBC Kilbuck Access Area on the Ohio River. Anglers are catching Walleye, but less frequently.
Boaters are reminded to please be safe and follow the boating safety regulations, especially, the Slow No Wake Special Regulation on the Allegheny, Monongahela, and Ohio River:
Boats are limited to slow, no-wake speed from the Fort Pitt Bridge over the Monongahela River and the Veterans Bridge over the Allegheny River to the West End Bridge over the Ohio River. This zone shall be in effect on weekends from May 1 to November 1 from 3 p.m. Friday until midnight Sunday and from 3 p.m. on the day preceding Memorial Day, July 4 and Labor Day until midnight of the holiday.
Western Armstrong County
Anglers are catching Walleye and large numbers of Channel Catfish in Crooked Creek Lake and in the Outflow Recreation Area. Anglers are catching big Flathead Catfish below Kelly Station.
Anglers are catching Smallmouth Bass, Walleye, Rock Bass, Common Carp, and catfish in the Youghiogheny River from Connellsville to McKeesport.
Southern Somerset County
Anglers have had great luck in the southern portion of Somerset County. High Point Lake anglers are using live bait and artificial lures to catch Largemouth Bass, Chain Pickerel, Yellow Perch, Bluegill, and Black Crappie.
A trout stocking took place on June 28th at the Youghiogheny River Tailrace. Anglers are catching trout on redworms, artificial lures, and yellow paste bait.
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.