By Bob Frye
Published: Friday, Aug. 29, 2008,
Carol Dambach of Ellwood City was fishing the Shenango River with a minnow when she landed a 20-pound flathead catfish.
• Stephen Manukas of Cranberry was fishing the Ohio River with his children when he landed another large flathead, too. Fishing below the Emsworth Dam with cut shad, his fish weighed 29 pounds and stretched 36 inches. They also caught an eight-pound channel cat.
• Anglers tossing baitfish and shrimp at dusk have also been getting flatheads on the Allegheny River. Anglers have been catching some decent white bass, saugers and channel catfish, too.
• At Lower Hereford Manor Lake, anglers using minnows, maggots and nightcrawlers have been catching legal-sized bass and walleyes, along with a few crappies, said Wilma Strang of Will's Bait Shop in Zelionople.
• John Force was fishing with the Tri-Anglers along the North Shore of the Allegheny River downtown recently when he landed a 17.5-inch spotted gar, a 19-inch muskellunge, and a 21-inch bowfin, an endangered species.
• On the Conemaugh River, anglers have been picking up smallmouth bass fairly regularly, despite low water, according to Fish and Boat Commission reports.
• Slippery Rock Creek has been giving up smallmouth bass, some as large as 19 inches, for anglers fishing with minnows.
• There have been just a few people fishing the Ohio River around Neville Island, according to Wayne Lykens of Island Firearms. Those venturing out have been getting some average bass and walleyes.
• At Loyalhanna Lake, an angler tossing a large firetiger bucktail caught and released a tiger musky that was just short of legal, while others have been picking up panfish. Most of them have been yellow perch in the eight- to nine-inch class.
• Smallmouth bass have been providing some spotty action at Keystone Lake, according to Pam Warr of Keystone Bait and Tackle in Shelocta. Fishing pressure overall has been very light, however.
• At Keystone State Park, an angler caught and released a largemouth bass that park officials described as "exceptional."
• The occasional hybrid striped bass is being caught at Lake Arthur, according to Glenda O'Donnell of O'Donnell's Sport Supplies in Prospect. Anglers using Hot 'N Tots and worm harnesses are getting a few walleyes, too.
• Bass have been hitting fairly well at Pymatuning Lake on a variety of baits, including spinnerbaits, crankbaits and Jitterbugs, said Patti Poff of Poff's Place in Espyville. Channel catfish and small perch have also been hitting, but the action on walleyes and crappies has been slow.
• Cranberry Glade Lake has been giving up some largemouth bass to anglers willing to fight the lake's heavy weeds.
• An angler caught a 38-inch, 20-pound northern pike out of Kooser Lake at Kooser State Park recently. The rainbow trout are still biting there as well.
• The bass are scattered at Lake Wilhelm, but those who can find them have been catching some decent-sized fish, said Paul Lesofsky of Fergie's Bait and Tackle in Sandy Lake. Anglers have also been picking up a few crappies by the dam.
• At Yough Dam, smallmouth bass have been providing some action.
• The Monongahela River has been producing sauger, walleye, channel catfish, flathead catfish, white bass, hybrid striped bass, smallmouth bass, and drum along the locks at Grays Landing, Maxwell, and Point Marion. Most of the fish are being taken on minnows and nightcrawlers.
• Saugers have also been hitting minnows and nightcrawlers on South Fork Ten Mile Creek near Clarksville.
• At Lake Erie, anglers continue to do well on perch, with some boats bringing in 90 fish and more. The fish are being found in 60 to 65 feet of water north of Walnut Creek. Shiners have been the hot bait. Walleyes have been scattered, but good catches are being reported in the deeper waters of the first and second trenches northwest of Walnut Creek.
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