Fishing report: Trout bite picking up at Deer Lakes
• Anglers fishing in the Deer Lakes area are keeping busy, beginning with Deer Lakes, where the trout bite continues to pick up. According to reports, fishermen are having plenty of success using inline spinners as lure for the trout. Nearby, fishermen on the Allegheny River by the Deer Creek Access Area are catching smallmouth bass. Minnows have been the bait of choice for the bass.
• In Washington County, the Monongahela River was providing anglers with a strong source of walleye before recent rains increased the river's water level. Conditions should return to normal soon. Once they do, jigs, plastic plugs and live bait will be good approaches for reeling in walleye.
• The panfish bite at Cross Creek Lake has been reliable for fishermen in Washington County, with small jigs under a float and live bait producing good results. The largemouth bass bite hasn't been as consistent as the panfish, but there have been a few hefty bass reeled in over the last week.
• Dunlap Creek Lake is offering bluegill and trout to anglers. Fishermen using mealworms suspended below a bobber have been finding success with the fish at the lake.
• Bluegill and trout are also biting at Virgin Run Lake, and anglers are using the combination of live bait and a bobber to promising results.
• Lake Arthur is yielding catfish and muskellunge to fishermen trolling its waters. Baits like minnows, shrimp or chicken livers dragged off the bottom typically make for sound approaches.
• Harbor Acres Lake received a trout stocking during the last week of October and is hosting a solid population of decently sized rainbow trout. The catch limit for the lake is three trout.
• At Tionesta Lake, anglers are picking up muskellunge in steady numbers. According to reports, the best advice for catching the musky is to zero in on the shoreline.
• Tionesta Outflow is doling out a variety of fish, including muskellunge, northern pike and walleye. Anglers have had the most success near the wall and the campground side.
• The Allegheny River in Venango County is giving up smallmouth bass and walleye to fishermen of late. Reports show the best setups for fishing the river include tubes, crankbaits, jigs or jerkbaits.
• Justus Lake just received an early November trout stocking and should be a good bet for anglers looking to pick up trout. In addition, fishermen are catching smallmouth and largemouth bass on minnows.
Kevin Lohman is a freelance writer.