|Eastern Allegheny County
Trout are still being caught in the streams. Avoid the heat of the day and try your luck around dusk and dawn when the trout will be most active.
The Allegheny River has been giving up catches of Smallmouth Bass around Deer Creek and the mouth of Pine Creek.
The Walleye bite has slowed, but they are still being caught around the mouths of creeks and downstream of District U.S. Army Corps of Engineers lock and dams.
Boating has picked up in the last few weeks. Boaters are urged to check their safety equipment before departing and to be courteous to not only other boaters, but shoreline residents as well.
Boaters using the locks in the Three Rivers area need to be aware that commercial traffic (barges) have the right of way and priority over recreational boaters. Ask the lock and dam staff if there will be any commercial traffic that day so that you may avoid long wait times at the locks.
Also, do not block the approach lanes for the locks. Barges have no brakes and take a significant distance to stop or turn. For more information, including lock contact numbers, visit http://www.lrp.usace.army.mil/Missions/Navigation.aspx.
Northern Westmoreland County
Many anglers have stopped fishing for trout throughout the district. Streams like Fourmile Run and Mill Creek are still loaded with trout. An angler the other day reportedly caught 30 fish in four hours on these streams.
Crappie and Yellow Perch are being caught in the outflow of both Conemaugh River Lake and Loyalhanna Lake due to the increased water discharge of the dams. Anglers are using large ocean variety weights to get the bait to the fish.
The Keystone Select Stocked Trout Waters continue to see a large amount of fishing pressure. Anglers are reminded that during the time from one hour before sunrise on June 15 to one hour after sunset on Labor Day you may keep trout larger than 9 inches and 3 total in possession. Fishing still has to be done with artificial lures only.