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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 22, 2014
Allegheny County

Mike Depew caught a nice 24-inch Walleye from the Allegheny River, just below the Lock 3 in Harmarville on October 20, 2014

Somerset County

Anglers are catching nice Channel Catfish and a few bass at Lake Somerset.  Anglers will be happy to know that this lake was recently stocked with fingerling channel catfish, so the future looks good in the way of channel catfish. 

Some good-sized Northern Pike are being caught at the Quemahoning Reservoir.  One angler caught and released a 32-inch pike.  The water level is way down.

Northern Pike are also hitting at High Point Lake.
Anglers have been doing well on Smallmouth Bass at Youghiogheny River Lake.

The trout fishing has been spectacular lately.  Just find the holdover fish and have some fun!

Boaters are reminded that the mandatory cold weather PFD regulation begins on November 1.

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Fishing and Boating Report – October 15, 2014
Western Allegheny County

Local streams were stocked this past week providing late season trout fishing opportunity.  The hatchery trout were outstanding, averaging 11 to 13 inches.  Allegheny County streams stocked include Deer Creek Delayed Harvest Artificial Lures Only (DHALO) section and Pine Creek Delayed Harvest Artificial Lures Only (DHALO) section.  Cool nights and some rain showers have resulted in high catch rates on all streams and fishing pressure has been light.

Beaver County

Flathead Catfish Flathead Catfish
Nick and Scott caught these nice Flathead Catfish from the Ohio River.  One was caught on a Fathead Minnow and the other was caught on a nightcrawler.
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Fishing and Boating Report – October 8, 2014
Allegheny County

Deer Lakes and the Delayed Harvest Artificial Lures Only (DHALO) section of Deer Creek received their final stocking of trout for this year.

Bass are being caught on the Allegheny River.

Greene County and Southern Washington County

Water temperatures in the Monongahela River are dipping into the low 70’s and shad are running the tributaries.

Walleye are biting in Ten Mile Creek and Dunkard Creek on large minnows and artificial soft plastics swimbaits.

White Bass have been feeding well near the outfalls of locks and dams in the area.  Anglers report small minnows and shallow diving crankbaits working well.

Northern Westmoreland County

Fall trout stocking has come once again to Westmoreland County. Indian Lake, Mammoth Lake, Donegal Lake, Keystone Lake, Twin Lakes (upper & lower), and Loyalhanna Creek’s Delayed Harvest Artificial Lures Only (DHALO) section have all been freshly stocked.

The majority of the first stocked were Brown Trout this year. The fish had some good size to them and everyone that participated seemed to be happy with the size and numbers of the stockings.

Loyalhanna Creek got some beautifully colored Rainbow Trout.

Anglers fishing Loyalhanna Creek and Donegal Lake said they had great success immediately after the stocking. Angling success at the rest of the lakes has not been as great as those two destinations.

As we move forward into the fall, the forecast shows some cool temperatures and rain so lakes temperatures will steadily drop which should lead to these fish being caught at all locations. 

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