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Fishing report: Big catfish plentiful at Yellow Creek Lake

| Saturday, Sept. 16, 2017, 5:12 p.m.

• Anglers fishing Yellow Creek Lake are picking up some large catfish at the boat launch near L & M Campground. Reports indicate the big catfish also are congregating around the North Shore boat launch. In addition to the catfish, fishermen are doing well with largemouth bass and are catching the occasional northern pike or sunfish in the lake, too.

• Mahoning Creek Lake is offering up a variety of fish, including yellow perch, bluegill, rock bass and an assortment of other sunfish. For the yellow perch, live bait such as minnows, earthworms or wax worms typically produces results.

• Fishermen are reeling in some big muskellunge at Keystone Power Dam. According to reports, one muskellunge picked up at the dam measured in at 50 inches.

• At Blue Spruce Lake, anglers are still finding trout. For the most part, minnows are the prime bait. Another popular catch at the lake is largemouth bass.

• The Youghiogheny River is producing a number of different fish, with anglers picking up trout, smallmouth bass, rock bass, channel catfish and a walleye here and there.

• The channel catfish are biting at Bradys Run Lake, with more then a few of them weighing in at a hearty size. As far as bait goes, chicken liver or nightcrawlers tend to work well.

• In Venango County, the Allegheny River is yielding smallmouth bass to anglers using tubes and crankbaits. Fishermen also report catching walleye in the river with a spinner or a live bait rig.

• Anglers are doing well trolling for crappie at Lake Wilhelm. Fishermen are also finding success using nightcrawlers under a bobber to catch trout at night.

• Justus Lake is still producing trout, with anglers reporting most catches are taking place between 30-40 feet of water. Largemouth bass are also being picked up at the shallow end of the lake in the edges of the weed line.

• The smallmouth bass are biting at French Creek, with anglers finding the fish throughout the better portion of the Venango County stretch of the creek.

• Anglers fishing Ohio River in western Allegheny County are using live minnows and jigs to reel in walleye and some hefty smallmouth bass. At night, catfish tends to be a popular catch at the river, with chicken liver and nightcrawlers being used as bait.

• At Redbank Creek, anglers are picking up walleye and smallmoutb bass in the section of the creek that stretches from below the dam in New Bethlehem to the point where it merges with the Allegheny River. The dam in New Bethlehem is also a spot where fishermen are catching trout, according to reports.

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