Fishing spotlight: Yough River
The Youghiogheny River, which is stocked by sportsmen's clubs from West Newton to Smithton to Perryopolis, has been producing lots of fish lately.
In West Newton, river conditions have been perfect and anglers have been getting rainbows in the 18- and 19-inch class on Powerbait, Hus lures and live baits, said Frank Berarducci of Youghiogheny Canoe Outfitters in West Newton.
"Everyone's been catching fish this week," he said.
Fishermen have been doing just as well in Smithton, particularly near the brewery, said Don Boyan of Orchard View Angling in Canonsburg. Streamers and wooly buggers have produced trout and, for one angler, a 21-inch smallmouth bass, Boyan said.
Bait and tackle shops around the area figure to be busy today as fishermen prepare for the opening day of trout season Saturday.
Some anglers already were on the water, though, and were catching fish.
Fishermen using shiners for bait were having success catching smallmouth bass up to 2 and 3 pounds on the Allegheny River near the Lock 3 dam, said Lee Murray of Lock 3 Bait and Tackle in Cheswick. A few sauger also were being caught.
On the Ohio River, fatheads have been producing everything from largemouth and smallmouth bass to stripers, walleye and sauger, said Wayne Lykens of Island Firearms of Neville Island. White bass in the 9- to 11-inch range have been especially plentiful.
Most of the action has been centered around the Back Channel dam and the mouths of Moon Run and Montour Run.
Several of the area's delayed harvest streams have been producing trout, said Don Boyan of Orchard View Angling in Canonsburg. The fish have been taking midges on Laurel Hill and Meadow Run and junk flies like sucker spawn on Dunbar Creek.
Anglers have been getting smallmouth bass weighing up to 3 pounds from the West Elizabeth area of the Monongahela River, said Danny Plants of Shadlure in West Elizabeth. Minnows have been the best bait.
Fishermen continue to get lots of white bass from the river, too, using little spinners and minnows in the area of Pigeon Creek.
There's been less action on the Monongahela in the Rices Landing area, said John Ozohonish of Ozie's Sport Shop. Few have been fishing the river there.
Those venturing across the Somerset County border to Maryland's Cheat Lake have been getting "jumbo" yellow perch on minnows, said John Spittal of Nicklow's in Addison.
Jig-and-minnow combinations have been producing lots of crappies at Lake Arthur in Moraine State Park, said Ron Anderson of Appalachian Trails, near Prospect. Most of the fish have been found in 6 to 8 feet of water.
Two anglers fishing the lake with medium fatheads, meanwhile, caught numerous channel catfish and two 7-pound striped bass this week.
Crappies in the 10- to 12-inch range have been hitting at Cross Creek Lake in Washington County, said Terry Milvet of Cross Creek Bait and Tackle. Those using minnows and fishing from near the handicapped dock have been having the most success.
Crappies also are what have been drawing anglers onto Keystone Power Dam in Armstrong County, said Pam Warr of Keystone Bait and Tackle. There have been few reports of people brining in many fish, however.
Anglers continue to catch crappies and bluegills at Acme Dam, mostly on maggots, said John Dressler of Red's Bait Shop in Acme.
The delayed harvest section of Loyalhanna Creek has seen a good number of fishermen recently, thanks to the mild weather, said Rich Kacsuta of Loyalhanna Fishing Post. Angles have been picking up trout, too, with those tossing black-and-white Rooster tails enjoying success.
Conemaugh Dam has been popular as of late with crappie fishermen, said Paul Volkmann of PeeVee's in Latrobe, but there's been no word on how they've been doing.
Armstrong County's Crooked Creek Lake has given up some nice crappies lately, including some in the 10- to 12-inch range. Anglers have caught them from boats and shore.
At Glendale Lake in Prince Gallitzin State Park, several nice panfish were taken over the weekend.
There's not been a lot of action recently on Somerset Lake, but those venturing out have gotten some small panfish.
Bluegills have been showing up in the canal at Conneaut Lake.
At Pymatuning, anglers have been getting some walleyes at the spillway and at the causeway from just before dusk to after dark. They've been getting a few crappies, too.
Boaters out on Lake Erie have been finding a few steelhead, but most of the action is being provided by crappies and other panfish.
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