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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 – July 23, 2014
Eastern Allegheny County

Walleye are being caught on the Allegheny River in Harmar, at the mouth of Deer Creek.  Further up river, bass and panfish are being caught by Lock 3.

Few anglers are being seen on Deer Creek and Bull Creek.  Small panfish are being caught at Upper Deer Lake.

Boaters are reminded to maintain all of their safety equipment and check it before each trip.  Don’t wait until you need the equipment to realize it is missing or not properly working.

Armstrong County

Evening mayfly hatches are occurring along the Allegheny River. Fly anglers who take advantage of this annual event will be rewarded with good action, catching a mixed bag of whatever fish inhabit the river.

Beaver County

A few anglers have been spotted fishing the North Fork of the Little Beaver Creek in recent days.  Anglers report catching some holdover trout near Darlington.

The Beaver River has finally cleared up from all the debris flowing downriver from rains up north.  Canoers, kayakers and paddle boarders took advantage of nice weather in recent weeks to paddle the river.  Some were out for exercise, while others were fishing or sightseeing.

Many anglers have been out late at night looking for big catfish. Most reported a slow bite.

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Fishing and Boating Report – July 17, 2014
Somerset County

Nice size trout being caught on the Youghiogheny River.

Brown Trout
Brittany Kozak, of Smithfield, caught a beautiful 22-inch, 4-pound Brown Trout on 7/13/14 on the Youghiogheny River tailrace.  It was caught with a rubber worm.

Anglers are catching a few Smallmouth Bass at Youghiogheny River Lake.
The trout streams are flowing low and clear. The cold water areas and deeper holes still are holding plenty of trout that are a bit harder to catch. Angling pressure is light; however the anglers that are pursuing the trout are having some success.

Anglers report a number of nice trout caught this past weekend on Wills Creek, including a 17-inch Golden Rainbow that was released.

Bass, Bluegill, and catfish have been the main catch lately at High Point Lake.
Nice Channel Catfish are being caught at Lake Somerset. A few Largemouth Bass have been reported. One angler caught an 18-inch Largemouth Bass from shore.  Other recent catches at Lake Somerset include a nice Bowfin and a 29-inch Muskellunge.  A few crappie are also biting at the lake.  The lake is still drawn down about ten feet.  Only small boats are able to launch at the ramp.
Anglers are doing well with both Largemouth Bass and Smallmouth Bass at the Quemahoning Reservoir. A few bullhead catfish are being caught at night.

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Fishing and Boating Report – July 11, 2014
Western Allegheny

Anglers fishing the Monongahela River last week found the most success from The Point up to Duck Hollow. Boat and shore anglers were catching catfish up to 10 pounds in this area and Smallmouth Bass are beginning to hit. The water was slightly colored but not as bad as the Allegheny River. The surface temperature was 84 degrees.

Cambria County

Anglers are catching nice bass and Walleye at Glendale Lake.

Large sized carp are being caught at Wilmore Dam.  Bow anglers are reminded that a fine can be issued for failure to remove all killed carp.

Anglers are catching nice size Yellow Perch at Hinkston Run Reservoir and Colver Reservoir.

Trout are still being caught in approved trout waters.

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