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Fishing report: Mon River producing solid amounts of smallmouth bass, catfish

| Saturday, Sept. 23, 2017, 5:30 p.m.

• In Allegheny County, the Monongahela River is yielding solid amounts of smallmouth bass and catfish. One reported hot spot, in particular, is the fishing pier in Elizabeth Borough. At the end of nearby Market Street, the area behind the firehouse is also being reported as a promising area.

• Anglers fishing the Ohio River near Pittsburgh are reporting plenty of catches of catfish and smallmouth bass. The approach for the catfish and bass is simple, with most fishermen having success using a loaf of bread or bits of hot dog as bait.

• Quemahoning Reservoir continues to be a productive place to go fishing, as reports peg plenty of northern pike and largemouth bass in its waters. Using spoons as bait is a staple in the pike scene, and jerk baits often work as well.

• At Laurel Hill Lake, anglers are doing well with brown trout. The trout, reportedly of decent size, are congregating mostly in the area where the creeks merge into the lake.

• Dunlap Creek Lake continues to provide fishermen with trout. The trout bite should only increase as the fall season approaches.

• Anglers on the Youghiogheny River are having success with a wide variety of fish, including smallmouth bass, catfish, trout, bluegill and freshwater drum. Reports indicate a few walleye and sauger have found their way onto fishermen's lines, as well.

• At Neshannock Creek, northern pike and smallmouth bass are hitting on minnows and creek chubs for local anglers.

• Trout are being reeled in at Slippery Rock Creek. A couple of anglers are reporting success with the trout using crayfish as bait as the bite is slowly heating up.

• Largemouth bass are still hitting at Yellow Creek Lake. Anglers are also reporting success with catfish at the lake, to go along with a handful of northern pike catches.

• Woodcock Lake is offering up some big smallmouth bass in addition to a few muskellunge. Nearby, at Woodcock Creek, anglers are finding walleye, muskellunge and a couple of bowfin.

• Lake Erie is still a dependable spot for anglers looking to catch a few walleye. According to reports, the walleye are congregating in about 60-70 feet of water, in the area in front of Walnut Creek.

• Crooked Creek and Elk Creek are hosting plenty of steelhead, as it is being reported that the fish are just starting to swim up the creeks.

• At the Fairview Gravel Pit, anglers are picking up panfish on grubs and minnows.

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