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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 (, Southwest Region Education Specialist, using information provided by Waterways Conservation Officers, Area Fisheries Managers and other PFBC staff.

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

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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Fishing and Boating Report – July 6, 2016
Eastern Armstrong & Indiana Counties

Anglers are catching Smallmouth bass and Largemouth Bass at Yellow Creek Lake.

The Crappie and Sunfish bites are slower than usual for this time of year. 

Waters at the PFBC leased accesses appear to be low at Mahoning Dam. Boaters are reminded that PFD wear is mandatory year round on this waterway, including on all kayaks, canoes, boats less than 16 feet in length, and for children under the age of 13.

Washington County

Anglers were catching nice sized panfish on live bait, out of the Monongahela River. The fishing is still good for panfish, Catfish, and Smallmouth Bass, despite the discolored water from recent rains.

Anglers have been catching smaller Bluegills and other panfish out of Dutch Fork Lake. Live bait on a small hook has been the best method for catching those fish. Largemouth Bass can be caught at Dutch Fork and other area lakes with some bass being reported up to the three-pound range. In the summertime, early and late day fishing is the optimal time to be out.  However, mid-day fishing can still be productive.

Western Armstrong County

Anglers are catching Catfish on the Allegheny River near Templeton. Hot Dogs seem to be popular bait that is attracting good sized fish.

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