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

Fishing and Boating Report – June 25, 2015
Southern Somerset County

Anglers were catching crappie at High Point Lake on Sunday, June 21, 2015 after a recent slowdown. The crappie were being caught mostly from boats. White and red jigs are still working. Anglers also reported catches of Northern Pike and Largemouth Bass. If you’re at High Point Lake, keep an eye out for the Bald Eagle that has been at the lake this past weekend.

Trout fishing in the Youghiogheny River tailrace area has been good and should get better with an upcoming stocking on July 1, 2015, at 12:30 p.m.

The streams have come up, but are starting to recede and clear up; so get out while the getting is good.

If you are kayaking or canoeing while the water is high and fast, remember to WEAR your life jacket. If it’s not on when you fall in, you most likely will not be able to get it on afterwards. Wear it and be prepared to get wet. Safety first!

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Fishing and Boating Report – June 17, 2015
Allegheny County

Paddlefish
Matt Wolfe snagged this 3.5-foot, 18-pound Paddlefish while targeting catfish on the Monongahela River in Pittsburgh on June 11, 2015.  The paddlefish was released unharmed.

To learn more about Paddlefish visit http://www.fishandboat.com/pafish/fishhtms/chap6.htm. For the latest reports on Paddlefish populations in Pennsylvania visit http://fishandboat.com/anglerboater/2012ab/vol81num1_janfeb/07paddle.pdf and http://fishandboat.com/images/reports/2013bio/8x12_10paddlefish.pdf.

Greene County and Washington County

Rain has been hard on area anglers. Catfish activity in the Monongahela River near tributaries and structure has been improving. A 35-40 pound Flathead Catfish was recently caught at the Rice’s Landing lock wall.  Anglers are reporting other large catfish in the same area.

Freshwater Drum, also known as Sheepshead, are biting well on the Monongahela River.

In addition, the Maxwell Lock and Dam area is producing Walleye of legal size and some catfish.

Greys Landing Lock and Dam area is showing good catch rates of Walleye and Yellow Perch.

Many anglers are reporting American Eels between Greys Landing and Maxwell.

Somerset County

Over 120 people took advantage of PFBC’s “Family Fishing” station at Somerset Lake Action Committee’s Lake Fest event on Saturday, June 13, 2015.

Participants were able to borrow equipment and fish with the exemption of a fishing license.  For many families new to fishing this was a great opportunity to give it a try, with a helping hand from Commission staff and volunteers.  A good number of kids caught their first fish ever during Lake Fest!

Logan
Logan Valentine, of Stoystown, gladly displays her first fish – a Bluegill

Tucker and Logan
Tucker Martin also caught his first fish at Lake Fest. His brother, Logan Weyand, holds the Bluegill before releasing it back into the lake.

Nikki
Nikki Nunn caught several fish at Lake Fest, including this Bluegill that her grandfather helped her release

Walker
Walker Alexander, of Friedens, displays one the fish he caught at Lake Fest

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Fishing and Boating Report – June 10, 2015
Cambria County

Prince Gallitzin State Park is holding “Outdoors 4 Everyone Day” this Saturday, June 13 to celebrate National Get Outdoors Day.  Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission (PFBC) staff will be providing instruction on basic fishing skills, equipment, and bait during this event. Presentations will take place on the hour, each hour, from 10:00 - 2:00 at Muskrat Beach #2. Those participating in the PFBC's "Learn to Fish" program will not be required to have a fishing license while participating.

Northern Somerset County

Fishing has been hot for bass, Northern Pike, and Walleye at the Quemahoning Reservoir.  One angler reported a 26-inch Walleye.  The large Brown Trout bite appears over now that the water is warmer.

Anglers fishing Somerset Lake are doing well on Channel Catfish and Common Carp.  The Largemouth Bass fishing has been steady.  Larger boats are near impossible to launch due to the draw down.

Lake Fest will be held at Somerset Lake this Saturday, June 13 at the Wood Duck Road Access.  Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission (PFBC) staff will sponsor Family Fishing at the event.  Fishing gear and instruction will be provided.  Kids and participating adults can learn to fish with no license necessary while participating in the PFBC fishing program.

Cranberry Glade Lake is heavily covered in weeds.

Anglers are still catching some stocked trout in Laurel Hill Lake.

Fishing pressure on the streams is very light, with a lot of trout left to catch. There are some Golden Rainbow Trout still in the streams since preseason stocking.

Northern Westmoreland County

Fishing has picked up behind the Locks on the Allegheny River for Walleye. Jig heads with shiners are producing good numbers. A lot of anglers are catching small, sublegal Walleye but some have been catching consistent numbers of legal Walleye. Most anglers have had the best success on the few overcast days we have had and in the early morning hours before the sun is up.

Lynn Run, Mill Creek, and Loyalhanna Creek still have a lot of trout throughout the streams. Anglers are still fishing and catching many fish but most anglers are practicing “catch and release” at this time of year. This year you could fish almost anywhere along those streams and still catch your daily limit. Just do not stay in one hole when the water is low and clear. Watch the shadow you cast on the water and avoid bright colored clothing.

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