Fish report: Ohio River
The area of the Ohio River around the back channel dam has been giving up all kinds of fish lately -- and from all over.
This week, one angler caught a walleye that had been tagged and stocked in West Virginia, according to Jason Shazer of Island Firearms of Neville Island. He also caught several smallmouth bass, all on shiners.
Catfish also have been biting in the back channel area. Stephen Manukas used a live bluegill to catch an 8-pound channel catfish and 10-, 11-, 12-, and 22-pound flathead catfish.
The section of the Beaver River right around the New Brighton Dam has been a popular spot with anglers recently, and with good reason, said Bob Bernhardy of Shooter's Place in Bridgewater. Anglers have been catching lots of walleye and sauger by drifting a fathead minnow in the current. Most of the walleyes have been 15 and 16 inches, but a few as large as 20 inches have turned up.
Anglers have been getting trout at Bradys Run Lake in Beaver County on fireballs and mealworms, Bernhardy added.
The Allegheny River has been giving up lots of smallmouth bass, walleye and saugers, said Rick DeMichele of Allegheny Bait and Tackle in Tarentum. Fishermen targeting the area from the dam downriver have been getting fish on jigs and minnows.
On the Ohio River, anglers have been getting big sauger in the area of the Dashields Dam and smallmouths at the mouth of Montour Creek.
The Monongahela River has been producing more walleyes this year than at any time in recent memory, said D. R. Plants of Shadlure in West Elizabeth. A 7-pound fish caught by Kevin Smith of Clairton in the Charleroi area won the club's walleye contest, but all of the contest's top fish came from the Mon this year, Plants said.
Linn Run gave up several brook trout up to 20 inches last week. Fourmile Run has also still be producing.
Anglers using Kelly worms have been getting bass in the 12- to 16-inch class at Upper Twin Lake, said Martha Martino of Jimmy's Bait Shop in South Greensburg.
The Yough River has been giving up walleyes and catfish to anglers fishing the West Newton and Smithton areas with nightcrawlers, Martino added.
John Spittal of Nicklow's Bait and Tackle in Addison said anglers fishing Yough Dam earlier this week caught smallmouth bass up to 19 inches, rock bass up to nine inches, and a few crappies, all on minnows and shiners. The biggest fish they got, though, were a 26-inch northern pike and a 33-inch pike.
Anglers are getting lots of bass and a few walleyes and crappies at Keystone Dam, said Pam Warr of Keystone Bait and Tackle.
Greenlick Dam in Fayette County has been giving up crappies, particularly for anglers fishing late in the evening, said John Dressler of Red's Bait Shop in Acme.
Donegal Lake has given up some nice bass in recent days, along with plenty of trout, particularly for those anglers fishing early and late in the day from boats, said Rick Kacsuta of Loyalhanna Fishing Post in Ligonier.
The delayed harvest section of Loyalhanna Creek still has lots of trout. Anglers fishing with pheasant tails and black ants have been getting fish, Kacsuta said.
Further downstream, another angler reported catching and releasing 75 trout in one day from the section of Loyalhanna Creek that flows under Murphy's Bridge in Latrobe, said Paul Volkmann of Pee-Vee's in Latrobe.
Crappies have been hitting at Conemaugh dam. One angler casting a white spinnerbait caught and released a 17 incher, Volkmann said.
At Lake Erie, the yellow perch have started to school and limits are being reported by the charter boats and individual anglers. Recent hot spots have been in 60 feet of water off the point at Presque Isle and in 40 feet of water near the "cribs" east of Presque Isle Bay.
Anglers have been catching smallmouth and largemouth bass in Presque Isle Bay. The west end of the bay has been hot for good numbers of smallish largemouths, though smallmouths in the 5- and 6-pound class have shown up as well.
White bass have been running well into Pymatuning Creek. Many catches of nice size fish have been seen.
The crappie fishing has been decent at Shenango Lake. One family left the water with three citation fish last week, the largest of them weighing about 1 1/2 pounds.
Anglers continue to catch trout from Slippery Rock Creek and Neshannock Creek, both of which were stocked in late May.
At Kinzua Dam, some legal walleye are being caught in Willow Bay on jigs tipped with night crawlers or minnows. Nice perch are being caught in Sugar Bay using the same baits.
Bob Prenter of Penn Hills caught and released a mixed limit of walleye and sauger up to 17 inches and four smallmouth ranging from 14 to 22 inches fishing near Lock 3 on the Allegheny River. All of the fish hit a 4-inch silver-black Husky Jerk.