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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 – July 30, 2014
Greene County and Southern Washington County

Anglers fishing the Monongahela River have had success with Largemouth Bass near mayfly hatches using a variety of baits.  Flathead Catfish have been caught under cutbait and bloodbaits at Rices Landing and Denbo area of the Monongahela River.

Northern Westmoreland County

Flathead Catfish
Nathan Pastorek caught and released this 45-inch Flathead Catfish on the Allegheny River in Freeport

Donegal Lake has been picking up for anglers targeting catfish.  Hyatt’s Cove and the smaller boat ramp have been producing good numbers for night anglers. Day anglers have been reporting good size Largemouth Bass. One angler caught a 16-inch crappie.  Most anglers are practicing catch and release for all species except the catfish.  Anglers are urged to take out what you take in. There is a decent amount of trash being left at the lake.

Keystone Lake is producing Largemouth Bass at dusk and dawn. Most anglers using the lake are simply visiting the area and are not keeping any fish. The best place to fish is the far edge of the lake where the low hanging branches are protecting baitfish from airborne predators. It is accessible at multiple points from shore but most successful anglers have some type of boat.

Somerset County

Largemouth Bass
A.J. Vargo landed this 7.48-pound Largemouth Bass during the July 26, 2014 PA Bass Federation Nation Western Regional Tournament at Youghiogheny River Lake.  A.J. won the tournament with 3 fish and a total of 12.30 pounds.

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Fishing and Boating Report – July 23, 2014
Eastern Allegheny County

Walleye are being caught on the Allegheny River in Harmar, at the mouth of Deer Creek.  Further up river, bass and panfish are being caught by Lock 3.

Few anglers are being seen on Deer Creek and Bull Creek.  Small panfish are being caught at Upper Deer Lake.

Boaters are reminded to maintain all of their safety equipment and check it before each trip.  Don’t wait until you need the equipment to realize it is missing or not properly working.

Armstrong County

Evening mayfly hatches are occurring along the Allegheny River. Fly anglers who take advantage of this annual event will be rewarded with good action, catching a mixed bag of whatever fish inhabit the river.

Beaver County

A few anglers have been spotted fishing the North Fork of the Little Beaver Creek in recent days.  Anglers report catching some holdover trout near Darlington.

The Beaver River has finally cleared up from all the debris flowing downriver from rains up north.  Canoers, kayakers and paddle boarders took advantage of nice weather in recent weeks to paddle the river.  Some were out for exercise, while others were fishing or sightseeing.

Many anglers have been out late at night looking for big catfish. Most reported a slow bite.

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Fishing and Boating Report – July 17, 2014
Somerset County

Nice size trout being caught on the Youghiogheny River.

Brown Trout
Brittany Kozak, of Smithfield, caught a beautiful 22-inch, 4-pound Brown Trout on 7/13/14 on the Youghiogheny River tailrace.  It was caught with a rubber worm.

Anglers are catching a few Smallmouth Bass at Youghiogheny River Lake.
The trout streams are flowing low and clear. The cold water areas and deeper holes still are holding plenty of trout that are a bit harder to catch. Angling pressure is light; however the anglers that are pursuing the trout are having some success.

Anglers report a number of nice trout caught this past weekend on Wills Creek, including a 17-inch Golden Rainbow that was released.

Bass, Bluegill, and catfish have been the main catch lately at High Point Lake.
Nice Channel Catfish are being caught at Lake Somerset. A few Largemouth Bass have been reported. One angler caught an 18-inch Largemouth Bass from shore.  Other recent catches at Lake Somerset include a nice Bowfin and a 29-inch Muskellunge.  A few crappie are also biting at the lake.  The lake is still drawn down about ten feet.  Only small boats are able to launch at the ramp.
Anglers are doing well with both Largemouth Bass and Smallmouth Bass at the Quemahoning Reservoir. A few bullhead catfish are being caught at night.

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