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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 – June 29, 2016
Cambria County

Nice crappie are still being caught at Glendale Lake.

Anglers at Wilmore Dam  are catching some trout.

A few anglers have caught nice sized Brown Trout at Hinkston Run Reservoir.

Anglers are catching fair size Bluegill at Colver Reservoir.

Fayette County

The Monongahela River and Youghiogheny River were high and muddy this week, so anglers were catching very few fish. Some anglers reported catching Smallmouth Bass in the Youghiogheny River and Walleye below Charleroi lock on the Monongahela River.

Southern Somerset County

The Youghiogheny River, section 1, will be stocked on June 30, 2016 at noon.

Fishing pressure is low on the trout streams. There are plenty of trout and few anglers, so take advantage of it.

Anglers are catching some bass, Northern Pike and sunfish at High Point Lake.

Walleye, Smallmouth Bass, and Channel Catfish were hitting at Youghiogheny River Lake in early June.

Boaters are reminded that you need to have a legal, wearable life jacket onboard a paddleboard, as paddleboards are classified as a vessel.

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Fishing and Boating Report – June 21, 2016
Central Allegheny County

IMPORTANT NOTICE: The South Side Boat Ramp at Riverfront Park in Pittsburgh is under construction and will be closed until July 1, 2016.

Many anglers are enjoying fishing downtown Pittsburgh at Point State Park.  Anglers report catching a wide variety of fish at the Point, including catfish, carp, bass and Walleye.  Almost any kind of bait has been known to land fish, including fast food french fries.

The Three Rivers have a great deal to offer, and Point State Park is a great place to relax and enjoy fishing from shore.

Fayette County

The Youghiogheny River was muddy and high all of last week.  It is starting to clear up to fishable conditions.  Anglers are now catching bass and Freshwater Drum on live bait.  Trout are being caught between Ohiopyle and Connellsville.  Carp are coming to the surface to eat the cicadas from the top of the water.
Anglers are catching catfish on the Monongahela River below the dams.  One angler caught a Quillback Carpsucker near Charleroi.

Quillback Carpsucker

Greene County and Southern Washington County

Local waterways are blown out due to flood stage rain events that occurred two days in a row during the week of June 13, 2016. The district Waterways Conservation Officer patrolled from the state line to Elizabeth this past week with hardly any fish seen or reported caught. The subsequent dry period should return the waters to fishable condition soon.

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Fishing and Boating Report – June 15, 2016
Eastern Allegheny County

Trout are still being caught in the streams.  Avoid the heat of the day and try your luck around dusk and dawn when the trout will be most active.

The Allegheny River has been giving up catches of Smallmouth Bass around Deer Creek and the mouth of Pine Creek.

The Walleye bite has slowed, but they are still being caught around the mouths of creeks and downstream of District U.S. Army Corps of Engineers lock and dams.

Boating has picked up in the last few weeks.  Boaters are urged to check their safety equipment before departing and to be courteous to not only other boaters, but shoreline residents as well.

Boaters using the locks in the Three Rivers area need to be aware that commercial traffic (barges) have the right of way and priority over recreational boaters.  Ask the lock and dam staff if there will be any commercial traffic that day so that you may avoid long wait times at the locks.

Also, do not block the approach lanes for the locks.  Barges have no brakes and take a significant distance to stop or turn.  For more information, including lock contact numbers, visit http://www.lrp.usace.army.mil/Missions/Navigation.aspx.

Northern Westmoreland County

Many anglers have stopped fishing for trout throughout the district. Streams like Fourmile Run and Mill Creek are still loaded with trout. An angler the other day reportedly caught 30 fish in four hours on these streams.

Crappie and Yellow Perch are being caught in the outflow of both Conemaugh River Lake and Loyalhanna Lake due to the increased water discharge of the dams. Anglers are using large ocean variety weights to get the bait to the fish.

The Keystone Select Stocked Trout Waters continue to see a large amount of fishing pressure. Anglers are reminded that during the time from one hour before sunrise on June 15 to one hour after sunset on Labor Day you may keep trout larger than 9 inches and 3 total in possession. Fishing still has to be done with artificial lures only.

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