By Bob Frye
Published: Friday, March 31, 2006
White bass have been providing consistently good action on the Allegheny River near the power plant in Cheswick in recent days.
"They're just average in size, maybe 14 to 15 inches," said Tom Green of Lock 3 Bait and Tackle in Cheswick. "But I had a guy in here who said he and his buddy got something like 40 of them one day. That's pretty good action anyway."
Most of the fish have been falling for nightcrawlers, though some anglers also have been getting them on minnows and spinners.
The fishing has been centered near the discharge located by the power plant, just off Duquesne Avenue.
The weather got good just in time for trout season to close in most places.
Anglers have been getting trout from Bradys Run Lake in Beaver County, North Park Lake in Allegheny and Donegal Lake in Westmoreland. Things peaked in terms of the number of anglers and fish caught late in the week.
As of midnight tonight, though, the extended trout season closes, meaning the only trout fishing to be had between now and opening day April 15 will be in the delayed harvest and fly-fishing-only waters.
Anglers have been getting crappies and a few bluegills at Acme Dam, said John Dressler of Red's Bait Shop in Acme. Most of the fish have been hitting maggots.
Reports of good trout fishing have been coming from the delayed harvest sections of Bull Creek, Deer Creek and Buffalo Creek, said Tom Green of Lock 3 Bait and Tackle in Cheswick. The fish have been hitting on a variety of patterns.
As for the Allegheny River, fishermen have been getting sauger when fishing with jigs and minnows below Lock 3, Green said. There have been a few small walleyes mixed in, too.
Elsewhere on the Allegheny, the action's been a bit slow, said Matt DeMichele of Allegheny Bait and Tackle in Tarentum. Few anglers have been out since walleye season closed, he said.
Crappies and bluegills have been hitting in the Zelienople strip mine ponds, said Bob Bernhardy of Shooter's Place in Bridgewater. The bluegills in particular have been relatively big, he said. The fish have been hitting on crappie minnows and waxworms fished under a bobber.
On the Ohio River, anglers have been getting walleye and sauger in the area of the Back Channel Dam fishing minnows and nightcrawlers, said Chuck Adkins of Island Firearms on Neville Island.
"Junk flies" like sucker spawn and green weenie patterns have been getting trout in the Laurel Hill and Pike Run project waters, said Don Boyan of Orchard View Angling in Canonsburg.
The fly-fishing-only section of Dunbar Creek has given up some 16- and 17-inch trout already, he added, while one angler reported catching a brown trout weighing in excess of five pounds from the project section of Meadow Run, near Ohiopyle.
Anglers using jigs and minnows have been catching white bass, crappies and a few scattered smallmouth bass on the Monongahela River, said Danny Plants of Shadlure in West Elizabeth. The sections of river below the barges in West Elizabeth and the area near the mouth of Pigeon Creek have been most productive.
At Lake Arthur in Moraine State Park, fishermen have enjoyed some good action for crappies, said Ron Anderson of Appalachian Trails. Jig and minnow combinations and minnows fished under a bobber have produced the most fish.
Anglers pre-fishing the lake for a Keystone Bass Buddy Circuit tournament tomorrow have caught some decent bass, he added, some of them up to four pounds.
Keystone State Park Lake, which closes to fishing tonight, has been giving up trout to those fishing with fireballs.
Yough Dam has been producing yellow perch in the 10-inch range, said John Spittal of Nicklow's Bait Shop in Addison. Minnows have been the preferred bait.
At Pymatuning Lake, anglers have been getting walleyes late in the evening and after dark. They've been catching a few yellow perch, too, though the crappie fishing has yet to turn on.
Lake Erie's tributary streams have few steelhead left in them, though anglers can find a few in Elk Creek in the I-90 area, in the McKean Hole off I-79, and in the deeper areas near the creek mouth. The tributary streams do have plenty of suckers for those who like to fish for them.
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