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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 – July 27, 2016
Eastern Armstrong County and Indiana County

Anglers report catching Yellow Perch and Bluegill at Mahoning Creek; however the heat has seemed to turn off the bass.

Water levels at Keystone Lake are very low, and boaters are reminded to be cautious while boating on the impoundment.  Anglers have been seen catching Largemouth Bass and sunfish.

Anglers report catching Largemouth Bass and plenty of sunfish at Yellow Creek Lake. Try fishing near weedy parts of the lake, as that is where they seem to be hitting. 

Somerset County

Largemouth Bass, some Northern Pike, Chain Pickerel, sunfish and Yellow Perch are being caught on a regular basis at High Point Lake.  Anglers report some nice crappie being caught in recent days with small minnows.

Walleye are still being caught by trolling at Youghiogheny River Lake.  Smallmouth Bass, catfish and the occasional snapping turtle have been reported lately.

Fishing has slowed at section 1 of the Youghiogheny River but plenty of trout are still there, along with the Smallmouth Bass from section one downstream.

Anglers are catching small crappie, Largemouth Bass, Walleye, and Channel Catfish at Somerset Lake.

Habitat work will be done on August 11, 2016 at 5:00 pm at the Quemahoning Reservoir. Meet at the main boat launch.

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Fishing and Boating Report – July 20, 2016
Fayette County

Anglers are catching Smallmouth Bass are on the Youghiogheny River. They are holding in the deeper pools.  Some Rainbow Trout were caught in the Connellsville area.

Crappie are hitting on minnows in several local ponds and Lakes. They are hitting the bait very lightly.  Anglers need to pay attention to the slightest increase in weight on the line.

Greene County and Southern Washington County

The Monongahela River is murky from recent rains. Water levels are normal with most locks operating at one to two feet. Anglers have been catching good numbers of Spotted Gar at Maxwell Lock and Dam along with the occasional White Bass.

Early morning bass anglers have seen a slow bite largely in part to the mayfly hatch in the waters and low lying tree limbs with easy prey.

Northern Somerset County

Anglers are reporting some nice bass being caught at Quemahoning Reservoir.

Channel Catfish are biting readily at Somerset Lake.

Youghiogheny River Lake anglers are catching some nice Smallmouth Bass and a few Walleye.

At Kooser Lake one angler reported catching several Bluegills.

The trout streams are low and clear.  There are plenty of trout stacked up in the holes.  The Delayed Harvest Artificial Lures Only (DHALO) areas are open to the harvest of trout at this time with plenty of trout available to harvest.

Washington County

Anglers fishing the Monongahela River are catching Channel Catfish at night and in the early evening hours on chicken livers and live bait. The action can be fast paced with more than one rod at a time having a fish on! The best places to target on the river are in areas where some light current can be found.

Dutch Fork Lake has been consistently producing decent numbers of Largemouth Bass on a variety of artificial lures. Anglers are finding the shaded areas and areas around submerged trees to be the best habitat to target.

Northern Westmoreland County

Anglers are reporting catching good numbers of Quillback Carpsucker and Freshwater Drum on night crawlers at the Conemaugh River Lake outflow. Good size Walleye and a few Striped Bass have also been reported at the outflow. Make sure to take a homemade net that you can lower down the high wall for large fish - approximately 30 feet.

The Allegheny River is still producing consistent numbers of Walleye from behind the lock walls this time of year.  Anglers are fishing the slack water at these locations using minnows fished on a treble hook just off the bottom.  They have been using different depths depending on where the fish are in the water column.
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Fishing and Boating Report – July 13, 2016
Allegheny County

So far in July we have seen great weather for fishing and boating in the Pittsburgh area.

Anglers are catching Smallmouth Bass on the Allegheny River around the mouth of Deer Creek and at other tributaries.  Hot baits are crank baits and tube baits.

During a recent bass tournament, one angler went to weigh his catch of Smallmouth Bass.  As the official looked in the bag, one of the fish regurgitated a partially digested small snapping turtle.  His fish lost several ounces in one big burp.

Another location where anglers are catching nice sized bass is in the Ohio River at the Kilbuck Access. Anglers are having success in the early evening hours using minnows.

Ohio River anglers are reporting that catfish are biting later in the evening on chicken livers and nightcrawlers from shore.

Spending the day on the water is a great way to enjoy time with family and friends.  Boaters are reminded that all operators of personal watercraft (PWCs), regardless of age, need to have Boating Safety Education Certificate in their possession. Boaters born after January 1, 1982 must have a Boating Safety Education Certificate to operate a boat with a motor greater than 25 horsepower.

Boaters are also reminded to check their safety equipment before heading out.  Missing or unserviceable safety equipment will result in a citation if stopped.

A complete list of boating regulation can be found at http://fishandboat.com/bookboat.htm

Stay safe and enjoy all that the Three Rivers have to offer!

Beaver County

Anglers fishing Brady’s Run Lake reported catching Bluegill, crappie and Largemouth Bass across from the launch ramp on redworms.  Most of the fish were decent sized.

Anglers targeting Smallmouth Bass should try fishing South Branch Brady’s Run and North Fork Little Beaver Creek.  A walk along these streams revealed many of them in the clear pools and good sized fish too. Try drifting a nightcrawler downstream or running an inline spinner past them.

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