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Map highlighting counties in the Southwest RegionREGION COUNTIES -- Allegheny, Armstrong, Beaver, Cambria, Fayette, Greene, Indiana, Somerset, Washington, Westmoreland (County Guide)

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 – May 4, 2016
Beaver County

Brady’s Run Lake and the South Branch of Brady’s Run were stocked with trout this week and anglers are doing well catching them.  Several anglers caught their limits of trout near the boat ramp on green and chartreuse paste baits.  Anglers fishing the creek did well near the foot bridges using spinners and drifting minnows.

Anglers fishing the Beaver River and Ohio River are reporting nice catches of Walleye and catfish. The action at the Townsend Dam in New Brighton has slowed a little, but anglers have been catching Muskellunge and Northern Pike there in recent weeks.

Indiana County and Eastern Armstrong County

In season trout stockings are underway throughout the district. Volunteers are encouraged to help with stockings.  It’s a great way enjoy the warm springtime weather while helping to disperse the fish.  Trout stocking schedules can be found on our website at fishandboat.com/stocking.

Horsepower on Keystone Lake is restricted to no greater than 9.9 horsepower.  Muskellunge and bass are being caught in the lake on a regular basis.

Plum Creek was recently stocked.  There are plenty of fish to be caught in the up and coming weeks. The fish have been slow to turn on.

Anglers are catching nice bass, crappie, and Northern Pike being at Yellow Creek Lake.

Recently stocked the Rainbow Trout have been taking a liking to artificial scented bait at Blue Spruce Lake.

Somerset County

Janet
Janet Will from Garfield Heights, OH caught this beautiful Rainbow Trout in Somerset County

Dakota
Dakota Fisher, age 6, caught his limit of trout at Laurel Hill Lake on April 23

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Fishing and Boating Report – April 27, 2016
Greene County and Southern Washington County

Trout anglers are finding success on area streams fishing small minnows and cured eggs under a bobber. Water levels are low and clear making trout very particular on feeding. Average temperature is 64 degrees.

River anglers are seeing good catch rates of Walleye, White Bass, and Largemouth Bass near area lock and dams. Anglers should familiarize themselves with seasons, sizes, and limits before heading out.

All canoes, kayaks, and vessels under 16 feet are still required to wear an US Coast Guard approved life jacket until April 30, 2016.

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Fishing and Boating Report – April 22, 2016
Eastern Armstrong County and Indiana County

Trout season is off and running! Anglers enjoyed beautiful weather and good air temperatures. The fishing was slow on most local streams. The water was crystal clear and the blue sky made the fish skittish.

Local streams will begin receiving in-season stockings this week. Check the PFBC website for stocking schedules.

Boat docks have been installed at all the boat launches at Yellow Creek Lake. Numerous boats have been observed and the catch reports have been low. Water temperatures have been in the low 50s and rising. The bite should pick up with rising temperatures.

The boat dock at Keystone Lake’s Atwood Launch has been installed for the season. Water temperature remains cool, in the low 50s. Anglers report catching a few Muskellunge and bass.

Greene County and Southern Washington County

Trout anglers were out in force this weekend for the opening day of trout.
Anglers were met by the best trout opener weather in years, but the nice weather also brought lower water conditions along with warmer streams.  Some anglers beat the odds and had full stringers earlier than others.

The bite was tough at Lake Wilma where water was warm and clear. 
Anglers at Ryerson State Park were catching plenty of fish on paste baits and worms.

Ten Mile Creek saw an abundance of anglers that had good creels.  These dedicated campers saw success on spinners and power worms.

Some large breeders were seen in South Fork Dunkard Fork of Wheeling Creek in some of the larger holes that it seemed no one was interested in!

Anglers are encouraged to come out and help stock the waterways.  Check the PFBC website for stocking schedules.

Somerset County

David
8-year old David and his dad, Ben Dickun, of Apollo, fished McClintock Run on the Opening Day of Trout season. David caught five Brook Trout by 8:15 am! All were caught on artificial scented nymphs.

Anglers are doing really well on the special regulation sections of Laurel Hill Creek.  Water conditions have been ideal.

Anglers are catching some nice Channel Catfish at Somerset Lake.

One angler reported catching and releasing a 31.5-inch Brown Trout at the Quemahoning Reservoir.   Anglers are catching some really nice Northern Pike on shiners at this location.
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