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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 (, Southwest Region Education Specialist, using information provided by Waterways Conservation Officers, Area Fisheries Managers and other PFBC staff.

Fishing and Boating Report – April 24, 2015
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

Beaver County

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.

Cambria County

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:

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Fishing and Boating Report – April 16, 2015
Allegheny County

Ejzak family
The Ejzak Family, from Pittsburgh, got "hooked" on fishing last year when they attended one of PFBC’s Family Fishing Programs. Now they can’t get enough!  The twins, Paul and Charlie, and their father, Paul Sr., couldn't wait for Mentored Youth Day at North Park LakeThe boys were also excited and proud to have their Voluntary Youth Fishing License.

Tim McClain and Alec McElroy from the North Hills of Allegheny County were enjoying North Park Lake on one of the first days over 60 degrees this April. However, the water temperature was only 50 degrees and the two were reminded of the importance of wearing their life jackets as well as the mandatory cold weather life jacket regulation on all watercraft under 16 feet in length and on all kayaks and canoes until April 30.

The Miller family
The Miller family – Andrew, Ryan and Landon – participated in Mentored Youth Day on Big Sewickley Creek

Laina and Taylor Maher
Laina and Taylor Maher enjoyed fishing on Mentored Youth Day with their grandparents on Pine Creek in Hampton Township

Beaver County

Raymond Wolf IV
Raymond Wolf IV of Koppel, PA took advantage of the Mentored Youth Day and landed this nice trout from the South Branch of Brady’s Run

Cambria County

Olivia Hrubochak of Northern Cambria had a successful Mentored Youth Day. She caught her limit within an hour fishing with her Dad at Killbuck Run.

Washington County

The Mentored Youth Day was outstanding this past Saturday. A great many families made the most of the opportunity.

Rose family
The Rose family enjoyed the Mentored Youth Day at Canonsburg Lake

Lang family
Cris, Annika, Sarah and Garrett Lang show off a trout caught during Mentored Youth Day at Canonsburg Lake

Tom Wolf mentoring his daughter McKenzie
Tom Wolf mentoring his daughter McKenzie at Mingo Creek on Mentored Youth Trout Day

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Fishing and Boating Report – April 8, 2015
Take part in the PFBC’s Mentored Youth Trout Days. Youth under the age of 16 can join a mentor (adult) angler who has a current fishing license and trout permit to fish on April 11 on Approved Trout Waters in in the Southwest Region on April 11.  For more information visit the Mentored Youth Program page on the PFBC website.

Northern Somerset County

Anglers are doing well catching trout in both of the Delayed Harvest Artificial Lures Only (DHALO) sections of Laurel Hill Creek.  The stream conditions have been favorable.  Hare’s ear nymphs and imitation egg sacks have been the “go to” flies according to one angler.

Anglers are catching a few small Bluegills at Lake Somerset.

At Quemahoning Reservoir one angler reported a 28-inch Brown Trout he landed and lawfully released using a crank bait.  Northern Pike have been biting smelt and live shiners.  A few crappies have also been reported.

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