Fishing has been good at the locks and dams on the Allegheny River this past week. Walleye, sauger, smallmouth, and an occasional white bass have been caught. Good numbers of channel catfish in the 14 to 20-inch range are showing up. One group fishing below the #8 dam took home 50 on Saturday.
Catfish action is heating up on the Ohio River and Beaver River. Many large flathead catfish were caught over the weekend at various areas on the rivers. Some of the hotspots on the Ohio River are near Raccoon Creek and below all the Lock & Dams. On the Beaver River, anywhere near New Brighton will yield catfish. Anglers reported catching several in the 15 to 20-pound range. Baits included chicken liver, stink baits and cutbait.
Some anglers are catching nice bluegills and crappie at Glendale Lake.
Anglers at Vetera (Colver) Reservoir are catching nice perch.
Panfish catch has been hit and miss at Wilmore Dam.
Anglers are still catching limits of trout from several Approved Trout Waters.
Greene and Southern Washington County
Walleye, white bass, and smallmouth bass are all being caught in good numbers around the local lock and dams on the Monongahela River. Baits are ranging from live minnows to soft plastics. Conditions have been changing rapidly with recent rain so bring a good variety to change out. Channel catfish are moving in near tributaries. Baits of choice are cut panfish and store bought stinkbaits. Chicken and beef livers have had limited success.
Channel catfish in the South Fork of Ten Mile Creek have made their way upstream as far as the old iron swinging bridge near Clarksville. Anglers utilizing the Ten Mile Creek Park have had fair catch rates using worms and store bought stink baits. One lucky angler used chocolate roll candy and managed a 4.5-pound channel cat.
Anglers fishing Lake Wilma are reporting slowed catch rates and have switched from focusing on trout to panfish. Bright jigs and small plastics have been the go to for panfish. Bass anglers are seeing good catch rates using minnows.
Anglers have been catching white bass, channel catfish and crappie in the brush along the confluence of Muddy Creek and the Monongahela River.
All anglers are reminded while bass fishing is good in most county waters; the season has yet to open for keeping them.
Northern Somerset County
Anglers are catching some nice northern pike at Quemahoning Reservoir. A few nice crappies were reported. Catch and release bass anglers have been doing particularly well on smallmouth bass.
Youghiogheny River Lake anglers are doing well on walleyes. Some bass have also been reported.
A 25-pound carp was recently reported at Lake Somerset . Channel catfish have been biting. The lake is drawn down, making it difficult for boats.
Anglers are still catching trout in the streams with very little pressure.
The smallmouth bass and carp are biting well on the Monongahela River.