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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 – September 21, 2016
Southern Somerset County

The water level is down to the point where it not advisable to launch a boat from the Youghiogheny River Lake Jockey Hollow Access.  The fishing is slow but good for catfish and bass.  There are no reports of crappie turning on yet.

Despite the Youghiogheny River tailrace stocking just before the Labor Day weekend, the trout have not been hitting much and catch rates have been low.

Most fishing reports at High Point Lake are of Largemouth Bass, Northern Pike, Chain Pickerel, and sunfish. There are no reports of Crappie.  The lake is scheduled to be drawn down for weed control this fall.  You can expect the water level to be down 8 to 10 feet.

Anglers are reminded that the current daily creel limit on trout is now three, as we are in the Extended Trout Season.  No trout may be harvested from waters not listed as trout stocked waters during the Extended Trout Season.

Southern Westmoreland County

With the weather changing and temperatures dropping, anglers are looking forward to the fall bite on the rivers.  Please remember that with the weather changes comes water temperature changes as well.  Cold water kills.  Beginning November 1, boaters must wear a life jacket while on boats less than 16 feet in length and in all canoes and kayaks.

Donegal Lake is scheduled to be drained to accommodate dam reconstruction in late September.  After the lake reaches the desired level a fish salvage will occur, tentatively to begin on October 25th.  This is an uncommon event that anglers can witness firsthand.  ALL volunteers are welcome and encouraged to help move fish from the lake to the transport vehicles for relocation.  If you have ever wondered what is in the lake this will be your chance to see “the one that got away.”  Thank you in advance for help and support during this great feat to help protect, conserve, and enhance fishing and boating opportunities for generations to come. 

Fall trout stocking schedules can be found on the PFBC website, as well as PFBC’s “FishBoatPA” mobile app

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Fishing and Boating Report – September 7, 2016
Western Allegheny County

The cooler temps in the evening have increased the bite on the Ohio River.  Recent angler reports include Walleye, Smallmouth Bass, Sauger and large catfish being caught both from boat and from shore.  One shore angler at the PFBC Kilbuck Access caught and released a catfish estimated at 20 pounds on a live bluegill.

Users of the Kilbuck Access are reminded that there are no fires or overnight camping permitted on the property and that parking in the grass is prohibited. 

Boaters are reminded to check their safety equipment, including lights, before launching. There must be at least one USCG approved wearable life jacket for each person on board.  Stay safe on the water!

Northern Somerset County

Youghiogheny River Lake water levels are down significantly.  Anglers are catching some Smallmouth Bass.

Channel Catfish have been biting well at Somerset Lake.  Season, size, and creel limit regulations have been lifted at this location.  This is effective until the lake is completely drawn down, expected in 2017.

Northern Pike and Largemouth Bass have been biting at the Quemahoning Reservoir.  Angling pressure has been light lately.

Largemouth Bass fishing has been good at Cranberry Glade Lake.  The lake is extremely weedy at this time, with shoreline fishing almost impossible.

Washington County

The weather on Labor Day weekend provided anglers and boaters with outstanding opportunities.

Bass and panfish anglers at Cross Creek Lake are having luck on a variety of baits. The largest crappies at Cross Creek Lake were taken on mealworms.

Anglers are still reporting that the best fishing has been during early morning and evening hours throughout Washington County.

Boaters on the Monongahela River continue to have great conditions with relatively clear water.

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