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Fishing report

| Friday, July 7, 2006

Upper Twin Lake near Greensburg does not get stocked with as many trout as its sister lake, Lower Twin, but it's been the better spot for catching trout lately. Martha Martino of Jimmy's Bait Shop in South Greensburg said anglers fishing there early and late in the day with maggots and waxworms have been getting fish.

• Fishermen have been getting lots of largemouth bass, many of them of legal size, from Acme Dam, said John Dressler of Red's Bait Shop in Acme. Most of the fish are being caught on nightcrawlers.

• Greenlick Dam has been giving up some crappies for those fishing with small fatheads.

• The Allegheny River was about a foot above normal Thursday, but it wasn't overly muddy, said Rick DeMichele of Allegheny Bait and Tackle in Tarentum. As a result, anglers were catching large numbers of average-sized saugers, along with a few smallmouth bass, he said.

• Michael Bier of Vandergrift pulled a nice fish of a different sort from the Allegheny recently. Fishing with a minnow, he caught a 45-inch, 30-pound flathead catfish.

• Anglers continue to get trout from Brady's Run Lake in Beaver County, said Bob Bernhardy of Shooter's Place in Bridgewater. The fish have been hitting spoon flies, small minnows, mealworms and maggots. Anglers also have been getting bass from Brady's Run on five-inch Spike-O lures in Junebug, crabapple and black.

• The Beaver River has been giving up striped bass hybrids and walleyes to anglers fishing Twister tails and topwater plugs.

• Anglers have been picking up a lot of sub-legal muskies -- fish in the 22- to 25-inch class from the Ohio River, said Wayne Lykens of Island Firearms. The fish have been hitting near the mouth of Montour Creek, Sewickley and near the Point.

• Also on the Ohio, fishermen have been picking up small sauger and walleyes using Twister tails and minnows.

• The recent rains had Loyalhanna Creek running high and muddy as of yesterday, so no one has been fishing it, said Rich Kacsuta of Loyalhanna Fishing Post.

• A few anglers have been fishing Quemahoning Reservoir in Somerset County, but there's been little word on big catches.

• Worms and spinnerbaits fished along the weed edges have been catching small bass at Lake Arthur, said Jerry O'Donnell of O'Donnell's Sports Supplies in Prospect. Anglers continue to pick up striped bass up to 32 inches fishing at night with blue and silver Bomber Long-A lures and live shiners. Perch and bluegills have been hitting baits like mealworms, small minnows and maggots, too.

• Brendan Nesky, a 10-year-old fisherman from Baldwin, was fishing the outflow below Yough Dam with his father over the holiday weekend when he caught a 23-inch, 7 1/2-pound brown trout.

• At nearby Yough Dam, anglers were getting crappies in the 11- to 15-inch range on small minnows, said John Spittal of Nicklow's Bait and Tackle in Addison. One angler checked in with a 29-inch northern pike, too.

• Sub-legal northern pike, bass and crappies have been providing some action at High Point Lake.

• The Monongahela River was high but not too muddy yesterday, said D.R. Plants of Shadlure in West Elizabeth. Anglers were fishing it for the first time in a week, but there were no reports of any catches.

• At Lake Erie, word of this year's good walleye fishing has gotten out, and the crowds at places like the Walnut Creek access area have been consistently large. They've been catching fish along the lake shore from Walnut Creek to the Ohio line in 30- to 45-feet of water and along the south side of the first trench. Tandem worm crawler harnesses have been the most consistent producer, with purple, chartreuse, watermelon and copper being the most popular choices.

• Lake Erie's perch fishing continues to be strong, with schools having set up north of Walnut Creek and off the point at Presque Isle.

• On Kinzua Dam, the better walleye fishing has been in the north portion of the lake near Willow Bay. Jigs tipped with night crawlers have produced the most fish. Northern pike are being caught on lures and live bait. Some bass are being caught on jigs on the main lake points.

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