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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 – October 7, 2015
Central Allegheny County

On September 26, 2015, Tri-Community Anglers Association hosted a kid’s fishing day.  They collected donated rods, cleaned and repaired them and stocked some big trout.

Tri-Community Anglers Association operates in and around South Park Township in Allegheny County. The group has adopted Piney Fork Creek and Peter’s Creek.  They do a great job of purchasing and stocking trout, hosting clean up days, and just trying to keep people of all ages interested in fishing.

James and James Hackett
Pictured are grandfather and grandson, both named James Hackett, of South Park just enjoying the day and attempting to catch the big one.

Washington County

Anglers are catching panfish in Peter’s Township Lake.

The fishing at Canonsburg Lake has been slow due to the turbidity.

Boaters are advised to be cautious of debris on the Monongahela River. The water level is receding from the heavy rains last week, but it is still high and there is still debris.

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Fishing and Boating Report – September 30, 2015
Depending on the location, the rainfall on 9/30 will either improve the fishing or slow things down. Waters that had been low may see things pick up with increased flow. Some watersheds experienced heavy rains and as a result, those waters experienced significant increases in flow.

Anglers and boaters can check on current water conditions by visiting  Accessible from a mobile device, this site provides real-time information on river and stream conditions.

Cambria County

Anglers are catching bass and pickerel at Glendale Lake while casting and trolling spinners and spinner baits.

Anglers casting and trolling spinners and spinner bait are also catching bass and occasional crappie at Wilmore Dam.

Fishing will most likely get even better as water temperatures drop at both lakes.
Most Approved Trout Waters still contain good numbers of trout.

Lake Rowena, Duman Lake, and Chest Creek Delayed Harvest Artificial Lures Only (DHALO) area will be stocked with trout next week.

Anglers continue to catch nice sized Yellow Perch and Bluegill at Colver Reservoir.

Anglers have been reporting walleye catches at Hinkston Run Reservoir.

Greene County and Southern Washington County

Catfish are still highly active in area tributaries to the Monongahela River. Live cut baits and heavy odor paste baits are working well. Walleye anglers are reporting a better bite, with a recent angler catching a 13-pound Walleye near one area lock and dam. Bass anglers are having best success in the early morning hours and late afternoon hours around heavy structure.

All anglers are reminded to bring all their trash out with them when venturing into their fishing spots. If possible bring more out. Local property owners are becoming more aware of the littering and may not let their property open if the problem persists. Local Waterways Conservation Officers will also have zero tolerance in order to maintain those property accesses.

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Fishing and Boating Report – September 23, 2015
Eastern Allegheny County

Fishing activity has slowed over the recent weeks, due to unseasonably warm temperatures. Fishing should improve as temperatures drop.

Deer Lakes has been giving up catches of small Bluegill.

Catfish are being caught at night in the Harmar/Cheswick area on the Allegheny River.

Deer Creek and Deer Lakes are scheduled to be stocked on October 7, 2015.

Armstrong County

An angler hooked and lost two nice sized Muskellunge on the Allegheny River last week using large shiners for bait.  Both fish hit just before dark.

Northern Westmoreland County

Loyalhanna Creek Delayed Harvest Artificial Lures Only (DHALO) area from Route 711 to SR2045 is still loaded with trophy class trout. These fish made it through Labor Day so they will still be there for the rest of the year to be caught and returned unharmed. Anglers can use this as an opportunity to test their skill at this time of year. The low, clear water conditions will provide a challenge.

Conemaugh River Lake Livermore Access and Altmans Run access have been producing consistent yields of Yellow Perch and Common Carp. Anglers report vast numbers of these fish, which can be seen feeding throughout the lake at this time of year. Be careful and stay clear of the sediment deposits and waterfowl hunters.

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