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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 – August 27, 2014
Allegheny County

Penn’s Woods West Chapter of Trout Unlimited completed a stream improvement project on Pine Creek on August 23, 2014.  Staff from the Fish and Boat Commission’s Lake Habitat section planned and supervised the project and provided hands-on assistance.

Stream improvement project

Armstrong County
Fishing on the Allegheny River has been limited lately due to high, muddy waters.  Action has slowed on area lakes also.

Beaver County
Steve Manukas and his family caught about 150 pounds of catfish in 3.5 hours of fishing the Ohio River above Sewickley on August 23, 2014.  Michelle’s largest Flathead Catfish was 41 inches long and weighed 34.5 pounds. Christopher’s largest Flathead Catfish was 38 inches long and weighed 26 pounds. They were using cut shad for bait.

Michelle’s largest Flathead

Christopher’s largest Flathead

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Fishing and Boating Report – August 21, 2014
Allegheny County

Ohio River fishing was slow this past weekend with few anglers reporting any catch at all.  Those that were successful were picking up small Freshwater Drum by fishing deep and Smallmouth Bass at the drop offs.

Deer Lakes has been productive for panfish anglers.  Bluegills have been hitting on redworms and waxworms.

The Allegheny River, near the mouth of Deer Creek, has been productive for catfish and carp.  Closer to 14 Mile Island has been good for Walleye, although most have been on the smaller size.

With Labor Day fast approaching, boaters are reminded that they still need to check their mandatory safety equipment for serviceability and presence. 

Keep a sharp eye on the river as well.  Debris, especially logs, is often just below the surface.  Since the forecast for the next week calls for rain each day, new debris is sure to be a problem.

Beaver County

Flatehead Catfish
Adam Locke from Freedom, PA caught and released this giant Flathead Catfish he named “Bert” from the Ohio River near Monaca on August 17, 2014.  Bert is 43 pounds, 13 ounces and 42 inches long.

Fayette County

Anglers were seen catching Freshwater Drum, Smallmouth Bass and Rainbow Trout caught on the Youghiogheny River.  Fishing on the Monongahela River seems to be slow.

Northern Somerset County

Anglers are catching some bullhead catfish and black bass at Quemahoning Reservoir.  One angler recently caught a limit of legal Walleyes.

Some nice Channel Catfish and a few Largemouth Bass are being caught at Lake Somerset.

Anglers are picking up a few Northern Pike, Walleyes, and Smallmouth Bass at Youghiogheny River Lake.  One angler reported a 5-pound Smallmouth Bass.

Northern Westmoreland County

The fishing at Loyalhanna Lake has been hit or miss so far this month.  Anglers have reported success in the headwaters of the lake where the water is shallow and there is a lot of debris.  Boat operators are urged to use extreme caution when leaving the boat ramp and going to the left.  The entire area is full of sediment just below the water line if you leave the original channel along the closest shore to the boat ramp. A bass boat was just retrieved today from the sediment due to the depth finder failing.

Donegal Lake is a great Largemouth Bass fishery.  PFBC biologists recently completed an aquatic vegetation survey at the lake. Surprisingly, the majority of vegetation was found where Four Mile Run flows into the lake and not much cover in the rest of the lake.  This seems to be where crappie, Yellow Perch, Largemouth Bass, and other species are found in good size and numbers.  Good size Muskellunge were reported being caught off the Northern shore for those that walk through the heavy brush.

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Fishing and Boating Report – August 12, 2014
Beaver County

Most anglers fishing the Beaver River have reported a slow bite over the past two weeks.  A few fishermen reported catching bass on 3-inch plastic twister tail grubs.  Anglers were also catching catfish and Freshwater Drum near the Townsend Dam.

Anglers participating in in the local catfish tournaments have been catching some decent Flathead Catfish and Channel Catfish from the Beaver River and Ohio River.  No state record fish have been reported yet.

Many families with young children have been taking advantage of the nice August weather to do a little fishing at Raccoon Lake.  Bass and Bluegill are being caught throughout lake on worms, maggots and minnows. 

Greene County and Southern Washington County

Catfish anglers are seeing great results near major tributaries on the Monongahela River for Flathead Catfish and Channel Catfish on live bait and blood baits. Large minnows and small panfish are being hit hard by Flathead Catfish near Rice’s Landing at Pumpkin Run.

Bass anglers are still seeing some success near mayfly hatches along barge tie-offs on the Monongahela River.

Walleye are biting approximately 80 yards downstream from Lock and Dam outflows when the gates are slightly opened. Live minnows and soft plastics are most successful.

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