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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 – May 25, 2016
Cambria County

The crappie bite has been spotty at Glendale Lake. Anglers who are catching crappie report many small ones being caught.

The panfish bite has not yet begun at Wilmore Dam.

Stocked Trout Waters are still producing limits.

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Fishing and Boating Report – May 18, 2016
Eastern Allegheny County

Anglers have been reporting catches of Walleye on the Allegheny River around the mouth of Deer Creek.  Many of the fish caught have been sub-legal.  Both soft plastic baits and live bait are working.

All trout stockings in the Eastern Allegheny County District have been completed.  There are plenty of fish remaining.  While stocking Deer Creek, several anglers remarked that they had caught and released over 20 trout each before we stocked.

The 2016 Boating Season is beginning.  Boaters are reminded to check all safety equipment for both serviceability and presence.  The time to find out you are missing something is before you put your boat on the water.

Greene County and Southern Washington County

Area trout waters are high and muddy from recent rains.

Lake Wilma is clear with trout hitting on spinners and garlic paste bait.

Enlow Creek is active using black fly spinners.

The Monongahela River is three feet above normal pool and brown. Some anglers are having success for catfish using livers and heavy scented paste baits.

Southern Somerset County

Most of the streams have gotten their in-season stockings and have trout for the catching.

Anglers at High Point Lake report catching bass, Northern Pike, Yellow Perch, and crappie.

Youghiogheny River Lake anglers are catching Walleye on perch and worms.  The bass are also hitting but the hits are few.  Anglers report nice-sized Channel Catfish at the Jockey Hollow Access but at the access gate is closed at this time due to high water flooding the parking lot.

Boaters are reminded to make sure their correct and current registration sticker is displayed and all required safety equipment is onboard before hitting the water.

Northern Westmoreland County

Fishing is still extremely good throughout the district. Anglers from Donegal Lake are reporting consistent catch rates on both trout and crappie on live minnows.

Fourmile Run still has fish at all of the normal stocking locations. Many anglers were practicing catch and release, which left a lot of fish to be caught this year.

Mill Creek and Loyalhanna Creek just received their final in-season stocking this week. Pressure has been slightly lower than is typically seen after this stocking. Rainy weather may be the cause.

Northmoreland Lake, Keystone Lake, Mammoth Lake, and Twin Lake Lower were all recently stocked.

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Fishing and Boating Report – May 11, 2016
Allegheny County

Pine Creek received its final in-season stocking on May 10, 2016.  Due to the rain, recent cool weather, and cool nights the water was a nice 62 degrees when the fish were stocked. Several large trout were put in the creek.  Anyone looking for a nice and convenient “getaway” should consider Pine Creek.

Greene County and Southern Washington County

Trout anglers were having better success on area streams this past week with water temperatures dropping and clarity favoring the angler.

Trout were hitting on cured salmon eggs with glitter, and garlic paste bait on North Fork Dunkard Fork of Wheeling Creek.

Lake Wilma had good hits on live minnows with the occasional crappie as well as trout.

With recent rains the waters are slightly higher and murky on other area trout streams.

River anglers were hard pressed on the opening day of Walleye with water level 4 feet over normal pool and muddy. The Cheat River had good clarity and limited catch on Walleye near Lake Lynn with minnows and small jigs with white or yellow twin tail grubs.

Anglers and boaters can find stream flow information on the USGS Mobile Water Data website.

Southern Somerset County

Anglers are catching trout in all the Somerset County stocked trout streams and lakes.  There isn’t a better time of year to be out after the trout.

Channel Catfish have been biting at Somerset Lake.  Anglers have been getting some Walleyes trolling.

Anglers have been catching some nice Northern Pike at Quemahoning Reservoir.

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