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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 – December 17, 2014
Armstrong County

Fishing activity has been limited to occasional Muskellunge and Walleye anglers on the Allegheny River. In years past, these hardy souls have had good success as long as river conditions and weather permits.

Cambria County

Anglers are catching good numbers of stocked trout in Duman Dam, Lake Rowena, and the Delayed Harvest Artificial Lures Only (DHALO) section of Chest Creek.   Try using spinners and jigs fished slowly. 

Some anglers have been catching panfish off the docks at Glendale Lake.

Fayette County

Anglers are catching Rainbow Trout in the 13 to 15-inch range at Dunlap Lake using green power bait.

Greene County and Southern Washington County

Anglers are having limited success for Walleye near outfalls of area lock and dams.

White Bass are still feeding well in Ten Mile Creek, along with some Sauger and Saugeye.

If you’re fortunate to have some live minnows on hand, the mouth of Ten Mile Creek still has some active action for Largemouth Bass where the drop off occurs into the Monongahela River.

Trout anglers are still catching fish in the privately stocked section of Ten Mile Creek near Clarksville. Many holes are still holding nice Rainbow Trout.

Boaters are reminded of the mandatory cold weather PFD regulation for all kayaks, canoes and vessels under 16 feet.

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Fishing and Boating Report – December 10, 2014
Eastern Allegheny County

Deer Lakes remains ice free. Anglers seeking a place to fish should check it out.  Once it is frozen, no ice fishing is permitted.

The Allegheny River is giving up small Walleyes near Lock and Dam 3 and around Sharpsburg.

Anglers wishing to fish along district streams are reminded that hunting season is in full swing.  Wearing fluorescent orange will help keep you safe.

Beaver County

Brady’s Run Lake will receive its winter stocking of trout on Tuesday, December 16, 2014.  Meet at the Ice Arena at 1:00pm.  Reminder: We are nearing Extended Season (approved trout waters and all waters downstream of approved trout waters) Jan. 1 through Feb. 28 and Sept. 8 through Dec. 31. The daily limit is reduced to three trout during Extended Season.

A few anglers have been trying their luck at Raccoon Lake over the past couple of weeks.  They reported a slow bite.

Northern Westmoreland County

Loyalhanna Creek has a Delayed Harvest Artificial Lures Only (DHALO) area from the Route 711 Bridge downstream to Two Mile Run Road Bridge. This area maintains a steady flow of anglers from across Pennsylvania and produces a large number of trout caught and released daily. One angler reported catching 43 fish in one day along Nicely Road. A good mixture of various species of trout can be found in this section including good size Tiger Trout. Check applicable rules and regulations for Delayed Harvest Artificial Lures Only (DHALO) before making the trip.

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Fishing and Boating Report – December 3, 2014
Somerset County

Angling activity is low in Somerset County.  The dedicated anglers who were fishing the past few weeks still caught some nice fish.  One angler landed an 18-inch Rainbow Trout out of a sportsmen’s club pond, along with a few average size trout.  Another angler reported catching Common Carp up to 27 pounds locally.   Ice is beginning to be a factor, but the fish are waiting to be caught.

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