|North Westmoreland County
Trout season has come once again! Northmoreland Lake, Donegal Lake, and Mammoth Lake are giving up some fish but there are still plenty present from the pre-season stockings. Linn Run has been the hot spot, with a lot of anglers taking their limits only after being there for 20 minutes. The upper section of Fourmile Run, Twin Lakes (upper & lower), Blackleggs Creek, Loyalhanna Creek, and Donegal Lake have all been recently stocked; so there will be plenty of opportunities throughout the district for anglers to choose where they want to fish. Anglers are extremely happy with the size of the fish being caught. No one bait is better than another at this time; so bring your favorite bait or try a variety to find out what works best for you.
Southern Somerset County
The Crappie have turned on at High Point Lake recently, and some Northern Pike and Bass were reported being caught. Some anglers were also catching Crappie & Yellow Perch at Lake Somerset.
Allegheny County/ Southern Butler County/ Western Armstrong County
Buffalo Creek produced quite a few trout over the weekend. The banks were lined with anglers and the weather was great. This crowd was reminiscent of the late 1980’s opening day crowds.
South Fork Pine Creek was stocked again by the Pine Creek Sportsmen’s Club. Thank you!
Few anglers were observed on Patterson Run and Hulings Run; but they were all catching fish.
On Opening Day, Silas Sherbondy and his dad, Jeremy, caught this nice trout on Montour Run
The opening weekend of trout season was spectacular with great weather and lots of trout on stringers. Worm baits seemed to land the most trout (butter worms, red worms, mill worms). All of the county's approved trout waters had a decent turn out of fishermen, with Brady's Run Lake being the busiest, followed by Raccoon Lake. The North Fork of Little Beaver Creek and Brush Creek Park Pond were stocked with trout on Tuesday, with Brady's Run Lake and South Branch Brady's Run being stocked this Saturday.
Howells Run, Duman Lake, North Branch Blacklick Creek, and Lake Rowena, all had plenty of anglers out for Opening Day. Some nice sized Rainbow Trout and 1 big Golden Trout were spotted amongst the crowds.
Statewide BOATING REMINDER: boaters are reminded that the mandatory wear of PFD’s for all persons on canoes, kayaks, and boats less than 16 ft., is in effect until midnight on April 30th. This law changed quite a few years ago. Citations will be issued for non-wear when required.
2015 Family Fishing Festivals Set for May and June: The Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission (PFBC) has scheduled several opportunities in May and June for families to learn fishing skills and enjoy fishing.
The PFBC is holding three Family Fishing Festivals in May and three in June. These events lead up to the two statewide Fish-for-Free Days – the Sunday before Memorial Day, May 24, and Independence Day, July 4.
PFBC Family Fishing Festivals will be held locally at these locations:
- May 9, SW Region: Burrell Lake Park, Lower Burrell, Allegheny County, 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.
- June 20, NW Region: Moraine State Park - Pleasant Valley Day Use Area, Butler County, 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.
For more information about our Family Fishing Festivals, as well as other Fishing Programs that are currently scheduled, please visit our Calendar of Events Page here: http://fbweb.pa.gov/Calendar/All_Gridview.aspx?TN=family_fishing&DAY=ALL