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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 – July 29, 2015
Central Allegheny County

The Three Rivers have really turned around in the last couple of weekends.  The boating season was off to a rough start, the result of  the rain that we had in the Southwest. High water and the amount of debris made boating conditions difficult.

The weather and river should be good for boating as well. Listed below are some reminders for boaters--keep these things in mind to ensure that you and your passengers have a safe day on the water:      

  • Boat operators must maintain a proper lookout at all times. Collisions and other types of accidents can be avoided by scanning all around the boat for swimmers, other boats and obstructions. 

  • Operators are reminded to allow plenty of room between you and other boaters

  • Stay a minimum of 100 feet to the rear and 50 feet to the side while passing other boats. 

  • When traveling within 100 feet of a stopped boat, downed skier or swimmer, the shoreline, or while passing within 100 feet to the rear or 50 feet to the side of a boat that is underway, You must operate at slow, no-wake speed

  • The Three Rivers are a heavily used commercial waterway. Barges, tugs, ferryboats, and other commercial boats are limited in their ability to maneuver.  Be on the lookout for these vessels, and when encountering one, you must give way.  

  • Boating Safety Education Certificates are required to be in the possession of all operators of personal water craft. Those born after January 1, 1982 are also required to possess a certificate if they operate a boat greater than 25 horsepower. 

  • The PFBC encourages all boaters to take a boating course.  Visit the PFBC website for more:

  • Wear It Pennsylvania!” Each person in the boat must have a wearable USCG-approved life jacket. It’s highly advisable to wear the life jacket at all times.

Fayette County

Fishing has finally picked up on the Youghiogheny River. Anglers fishing Fayette County’s portion of the river are catching Bass, trout, Walleye, Freshwater Drum, catfish and Rock Bass.

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Fishing and Boating Report – July 22, 2015
Heavy rainfall impacted many flowing waters in the South West over the last week. Floating and submerged debris and higher flows kept many anglers off the water.  As a result, not much activity to report. 

For the most up to date river conditions visit PA Real-Time Streamflow - USGS.

Greene County and Southern Washington County

Anglers had a window of opportunity as area rains ceased for a period and enabled them to navigate the Monongahela River without much debris to interfere. Muskellunge fishing seemed to be at its peak with anglers catching numerous fish over 40.

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Fishing and Boating Report – July 15, 2015
Cambria County

Anglers report catching good numbers and good sized crappie at Glendale Lake.

Anglers fishing Duman Lake report nice sized Yellow Perch, as well as trout.

Trout are still being caught at Lake Rowena.

Clearfield Creek is still holding trout.  One angler reported catching a 9-pound Rainbow Trout.

Fayette County

Very few fish are being caught on the Youghiogheny River since early June due to high, muddy conditions.

One angler was seen catching Common Carp at Dunlap Lake on Saturday night using corn.

An angler reports that he is having luck with Flathead Catfish in the Monongahela River near Fredericktown, using live bluegills as bait.

Indiana County

Kenzey and Braelyn Colgan


Sisters Kenzey and Braelyn Colgan, of Indiana, both caught several panfish during PFBC’s Family Fishing Program at Yellow Creek Lake on July 12, 2015.  Both of them received a First Fish Certificate for catching their very first fish.  They even managed to both catch fish at the exact same time!

Jaiswal family
Shreyas Jaiswal, of Pittsburgh, shows off a fish that he caught at PFBC’s Family Fishing Program at Yellow Creek Lake on July 12, 2015 while his brother, Aditya, and father, Sundeep, look on.  They all received a First Fish Certificate for catching their very first fish.  Shreyas’s mother Vanita and grandmother Sunila, who was visiting from India, also received First Fish Certificates.

To learn more about PFBC’s Family Fishing Programs visit

Northern Somerset County

Somerset Lake is drawn down approximately 7 feet, which makes large boats difficult to launch.  Anglers are doing well on Channel Catfish.  A fair amount of Walleye have also been landed.

Anglers are catching some nice Largemouth Bass and Smallmouth Bass at the Quemahoning Reservoir.  A few Northern Pike and Walleye have also been reported.

Anglers are still catching trout at the upper end of Laurel Hill Lake.

Youghiogheny River Lake is full of water and the Walleye fishing has been steady.  Some nice Smallmouth Bass have also been caught.

Trout streams have been high most of June and early July.  Plenty of trout left to be caught.

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