Water temperature at Keystone Lake continues to climb into the upper 50s. Some nice sized bass have been reported in recent weeks. Some smallmouth bass in the 5 to 6-pound range have been reported. A few muskellunge have been reported from shore anglers and boaters, with a large 40-incher reported from shore in the cove below the Atwood Launch. The crappie bite has been slow with a few nice sized fish being reported.
Walleye continue to provide action at the Allegheny River dams though most are sub-legal. Smallmouth bass are biting too. A few big crappies have been caught.
Although the streams still have plenty of fish, trout anglers have been few and far between.
Raccoon Lake and Brady’s Run Lake were stocked with trout again last week. Many anglers took advantage of the nice weather to catch a few trout. Folks using paste baits in green or yellow color did the best. Also stocked last week was Traverse Creek and the South Branch of Brady’s Run. Anglers drifting worms and minnows in the deeper holes landed several trout.
Anglers fishing for walleye did alright on the rivers. A few in the 18-inch range were caught on the Ohio River in Vanport.
Several striped bass were caught on the Beaver River over the weekend. Anglers targeting striped bass using jerkbaits also caught white bass, crappie, bluegill, walleye and sauger.
Andrew Nagle, age 6, caught this nice 16.5-inch rainbow trout at Gallitzin Sportsman's Club on May 14
A kids fishing derby sponsored by Consol Energy will be held at Blue Spruce Lake on May 25, 2013 beginning at 9:00 am.
Boating traffic is on the increase at Yellow Creek Lake. Water temperatures continue to climb into the upper 50s to low 60s. Anglers are reporting good catches of northern pike from shore and on boats. Most pike are in the 20-inch range with the largest being 31 inches. The crappie bite has been hit or miss, but the people having success are getting crappies in the 14-16 inch range.