|Central Allegheny County
Boaters are reminded to give commercial watercraft a wide berth. Commercial vessels must stay within the navigation channel on the rivers. Average tow boat pushing barges can take ¾ to 1½ miles to come to a stop. If you can’t see the operator, he or she can’t see you. Their blind spot can extend for several hundred feet to the front and sides of the vessel.
Complaints are being received of persons waterskiing, tubing, and wake boarding in such close proximity to barges that when the person being towed needs to be recovered, the distance between the barge and the downed skier is too close to be done safely.
Barges and large commercial craft cannot stop or maneuver around a downed skier. One barge captain explained that he has recently had close calls.
The Three Rivers are a major commercial waterway, as well as being a great recreational area. We must all work together to make it safe for everyone.
Remember - Don’t assume the large craft can: See You! Can Stop! Can Maneuver Around You!
Please be aware of your surroundings.
Eastern Armstrong County and Indiana County
Yellow Creek Lake anglers are catching Northern Pike and catfish later in the evening. Anglers have also been seen catching 16-inch and greater length Largemouth Bass in the early mornings. Catches of Bluegill and Yellow Perch are also being reported on the lake.
Fishing and boating pressure has been very light at Hemlock Lake during August. This impoundment is a great place for a relaxing day fishing or boating if you are looking to get away from large crowds.
Anglers have been seen with legal size Largemouth Bass at Keystone Lake.
Anglers have also reported catching legal size Muskellunge in the coves. Boating is becoming tougher each week as the water levels continue to decrease steadily. Boaters are reminded to use extreme caution while navigating the lake, and to stay clear of the posted danger buoys.
Anglers are catching legal size Muskellunge at the Mahoning Creek Lake Atwood Launch outside of Dayton. Anglers are catching plenty of sunfish and Yellow Perch as well.
Southern Somerset County
An American Eel was reportedly caught and released on Brush Creek recently.
Anglers are catching nice sized Largemouth Bass and panfish on High Point Lake.
Somerset Lake anglers are catching Channel Catfish and Common Carp. Some crappie and bass are also being caught.
The Youghiogheny River tail race (Section 1) will get its last in-season trout stocking on September 2, 2016 at 10:30 am - Just in time for the Labor Day weekend.
Recent localized heavy rains have made anglers change tactics in order to catch fish. Fishing for panfish at most Washington County waterways has been difficult due to muddy water from rains.
At Canonsburg Lake anglers have been catching bullhead catfish with occasional large catfish being brought to shore. The best baits for Channel Catfish have been dough balls and chicken livers.
Some waters, such as the Monongahela River, have not been as affected by heavy rain.