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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 – September 2, 2015
Beaver County

Anglers fishing the Ohio River have reported that the catfish bite has slowed a little during the month of August. The bass bite has also slowed on the Beaver River and Ohio River; although a few anglers report catching some nice bass jigging in timber along the banks.

Two Northern Pike were caught recently in the Little Beaver Creek in Ohioville.

An angler reported a 22-pound Channel Catfish was caught at Raccoon Lake on ultralight tackle and a minnow. That is a very nice fish for Raccoon Lake!

Cambria County

Some anglers are catching nice bass in deeper water at Glendale Lake.

Colver Reservoir anglers are catching nice Bluegill and Yellow Perch.

Anglers are catching nice bass and trout at Lake Rowena.

Nice Smallmouth Bass are being caught at Beaverdam Run Reservoir.

Fayette County

Anglers are catching Freshwater Drum, trout and bass in the Youghiogheny River.

Walleye and bass are hitting in the Cheat River.

Northern Somerset County

Anglers are catching a few Largemouth Bass and some nice Channel Catfish at Somerset Lake.  One 24-inch Bowfin was recently landed.

Laurel Hill Lake received its fall trout stocking on September 30, 2015.

The water level is starting to drop at Youghiogheny River Lake.  Anglers are catching a couple of Walleyes and some nice Smallmouth Bass.

The water level at the Quemahoning Reservoir is down approximately two feet.  Anglers report a few nice Northern Pike caught and released. Anglers are also catching some nice Largemouth Bass. This impoundment will be part of the Labor Day Mentor Youth Panfish Waters program.   

Laurel Hill Creek received a fall stocking for both of the Delayed Harvest Artificial Lures Only (DHALO) sections on September 30, 2015.  The creek is extremely low at this time.

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Fishing and Boating Report – August 26, 2015
Allegheny County

Fishing has been productive over the last few days.  Anglers are reporting catches of bass and catfish in the Allegheny River near Harmar and Tarentum. Walleye are being caught closer to Pittsburgh.  Most are sublegal but a few are really nice sized.

There has been little to no activity on the trout streams. Anglers wishing to try their luck should focus on Deer Creek’s deeper holes.  Be sure to give the turnpike construction areas a wide berth.

More than 60 people learned basic fishing skills with their families at two PFBC Family Fishing Programs at North Park during the month of August.  Upcoming Family Fishing Programs can be found at

North Park FFP

North Park FFP

Boating activity has really picked up in the past week.  The sporting events and concerts on the North Shore have provided quite the draw.  Several boats were stopped over the past weekend that had unserviceable equipment or were missing required equipment.  Missing life jackets will result in a citation.  If you are unsure about what the minimum required safety equipment is for your boat, check your Boating Handbook for a summary of what’s needed before you launch or leave the dock.

Fayette County

Anglers are catching trout, Smallmouth Bass, Freshwater Drum, Channel Catfish and Walleye in the Youghiogheny River.

Catfish, bass and Walleye are being caught in the Monongahela River.

Greene County and Southern Washington County

Freshwater Drum, Channel Catfish and Bass are all being caught in the Monongahela River. Anglers are reporting steady Muskellunge chases, as well as catches, near area tributaries to the Monongahela River.

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Fishing and Boating Report – August 19, 2015
Fayette County

Walleye are still being caught from the deeper pools of the Youghiogheny River.  Anglers are also catching nice size Smallmouth Bass and Freshwater Drum. Rainbow Trout and Brown Trout are being caught in the colder section near Ohiopyle.

Anglers at Dunlap Lake are still catching trout from boats at night.

Southern Somerset County

Two bass tournaments held at High Point Lake - one in late July and the other in early August - yielded two Largemouth Bass just over 7 pounds and one Largemouth Bass at 6 pounds 15 ounces.  Between the two tournaments, 109 Bass were caught with winning weights of 19.3 and 19.8 pounds. 

Connor Davis, age 11, from Pittsburgh caught his first fish - a 13.5-inch Smallmouth Bass on a jitterbug at High Point Lake while night fishing for the first time.  Other fish being caught there include sunfish, Chain Pickerel and catfish.

Some nice trout are still being caught from the outflow of the Youghiogheny River down to the All Tackle Trophy Trout Project section.  Anglers report nice bass also being caught in the All Tackle Trophy Trout Project section below Ramcat Run. This section was recently stocked with adult trout from the Chestnut Ridge Trout Unlimited Chapter Cooperative Nursery.  The last trout stocking for Section 1 is scheduled for Friday Sept. 4, 2015.

Anglers fishing Youghiogheny River Lake are reporting mostly bass, Channel Catfish, and a few Northern Pike and Walleye from both boat and shore.

Rainbow Trout are being caught throughout Laurel Hill Lake and at the spillway.

The local creeks are low but trout can still be found in the deeper, cooler sections.

With the hot, humid weather the past two weekends boating has picked up and so has the violations.  Remember not to leave your common sense at the dock.

Northern Westmoreland County

Fishing and boating in the district are finally back to normal summertime usage. Flows on the Allegheny River, Kiskiminetas River, and Youghiogheny River are normal summertime low flow which allows for great access.

Anglers on the Allegheny River are producing consistent numbers of Walleye nightly on the downstream side of all the locks. Most anglers report catching numerous sublegal Walleye; however the big ones are at these locations as well.
The Kiskiminetas River’s Smallmouth Bass population is going to make the river a hotspot in the coming years. A lot of anglers are taking advantage of kayaks to reach the hard to fish, desolate locations of the river and have found success.

Good luck out there and remember in Pennsylvania you are still required to display your fishing license. Also, check out the website for boating regulations. All boaters, including kayakers, need to be in compliance with the regulations.

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