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Reports compiled by Miranda (Mandy) Smith (mirsmith@pa.gov), Southwest Region Education Specialist, using information provided by Waterways Conservation Officers, Area Fisheries Managers and other PFBC staff.

Fishing and Boating Report – July 1, 2015
Eastern Allegheny County

Fishing is slow due to the high amount of rain.  Anglers were catching Channel Catfish in the Allegheny River at the fishing pier in Sharpsburg, but that was before the heavy rains came.

Black Crappie
Daniel Krivanek caught this huge 16-inch Black Crappie at Lynch Ponds in Bridgeville.

Boating in the Three Rivers has also been down with the high water.  Until the water comes down, boating is not recommended.  Large amounts of debris, including full trees, have been spotted in the Allegheny River and Ohio River.

Western Armstrong County

Crappies and bass have been caught in Crooked Creek at the outflow from Crooked Creek Lake.

Cambria County

Some anglers report catching nice size crappie in the Slatelick area of Glendale Lake.  Anglers report catching more Northern Pike than usual at this time of year.
Nice bass are being caught at Wilmore Dam.

Anglers fishing Colver Reservoir are catching nice Yellow Perch.

Anglers continue to catch trout in Approved Trout Waters.

Greene County and Washington County

Rain has been hard on area anglers. Area waters are near flood stage and have heavy debris that is making angling difficult.

The Sheepshead (Freshwater Drum) are biting on the Monongahela River.
Catfish are still active in the tributaries and mouths near the main Monongahela River. Cutbaits and heavily scented baits have been reported as being better with murky waters.

Trout are still being caught in Ten Mile Creek, and Enlow Creek in deep holes along small tributaries and waterfalls.

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Fishing and Boating Report – June 25, 2015
Southern Somerset County

Anglers were catching crappie at High Point Lake on Sunday, June 21, 2015 after a recent slowdown. The crappie were being caught mostly from boats. White and red jigs are still working. Anglers also reported catches of Northern Pike and Largemouth Bass. If you’re at High Point Lake, keep an eye out for the Bald Eagle that has been at the lake this past weekend.

Trout fishing in the Youghiogheny River tailrace area has been good and should get better with an upcoming stocking on July 1, 2015, at 12:30 p.m.

The streams have come up, but are starting to recede and clear up; so get out while the getting is good.

If you are kayaking or canoeing while the water is high and fast, remember to WEAR your life jacket. If it’s not on when you fall in, you most likely will not be able to get it on afterwards. Wear it and be prepared to get wet. Safety first!

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Fishing and Boating Report – June 17, 2015
Allegheny County

Paddlefish
Matt Wolfe snagged this 3.5-foot, 18-pound Paddlefish while targeting catfish on the Monongahela River in Pittsburgh on June 11, 2015.  The paddlefish was released unharmed.

To learn more about Paddlefish visit http://www.fishandboat.com/pafish/fishhtms/chap6.htm. For the latest reports on Paddlefish populations in Pennsylvania visit http://fishandboat.com/anglerboater/2012ab/vol81num1_janfeb/07paddle.pdf and http://fishandboat.com/images/reports/2013bio/8x12_10paddlefish.pdf.

Greene County and Washington County

Rain has been hard on area anglers. Catfish activity in the Monongahela River near tributaries and structure has been improving. A 35-40 pound Flathead Catfish was recently caught at the Rice’s Landing lock wall.  Anglers are reporting other large catfish in the same area.

Freshwater Drum, also known as Sheepshead, are biting well on the Monongahela River.

In addition, the Maxwell Lock and Dam area is producing Walleye of legal size and some catfish.

Greys Landing Lock and Dam area is showing good catch rates of Walleye and Yellow Perch.

Many anglers are reporting American Eels between Greys Landing and Maxwell.

Somerset County

Over 120 people took advantage of PFBC’s “Family Fishing” station at Somerset Lake Action Committee’s Lake Fest event on Saturday, June 13, 2015.

Participants were able to borrow equipment and fish with the exemption of a fishing license.  For many families new to fishing this was a great opportunity to give it a try, with a helping hand from Commission staff and volunteers.  A good number of kids caught their first fish ever during Lake Fest!

Logan
Logan Valentine, of Stoystown, gladly displays her first fish – a Bluegill

Tucker and Logan
Tucker Martin also caught his first fish at Lake Fest. His brother, Logan Weyand, holds the Bluegill before releasing it back into the lake.

Nikki
Nikki Nunn caught several fish at Lake Fest, including this Bluegill that her grandfather helped her release

Walker
Walker Alexander, of Friedens, displays one the fish he caught at Lake Fest

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