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Fishing report: Big muskies being caught on Allegheny River

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Friday, Aug. 3, 2012, 12:27 a.m.

• Anglers have pulled a couple of nice muskies from the Allegheny River recently. According to the Fish and Boat Commission, two fish between 45 and 48 inches were caught near Lock 3 using creek chubs. Anglers fishing near Lock 2 have been getting channel cats in the evenings using chicken livers.

• At Pymatuning Lake, anglers have been doing well on nice-sized channel cats, with livers taking many of the fish, but the walleye bite has slowed considerably. Anglers fishing jigs tipped with live minnows and Berkley Power Minnows were getting crappies, bluegills and yellow perch around brush piles in 9 to 14 feet of water. Some of the crappies exceeded 13 inches.

• Dunlap Lake gave up a 10-pound walleye to an angler trolling recently, according to the Fish and Boat Commission. Trout also were hitting for those fishing early morning.

• On the Yough River, smallmouth bass and freshwater drum have been providing some action. Trout have been hitting in the tailrace area.

• Loyalhanna Creek has been giving up a few trout to those fishing the delayed harvest area with small spinners. Smallmouth bass and rock bass have been hitting in the Kingston Dam area.

• High Point Lake has been giving up small northern pike along with some decent bass and yellow perch.

• At Lake Arthur, anglers have been getting walleyes by dragging crawler harnesses across underwater humps. Channel cats and sublegal striped bass also have been providing action.

• Lake Wilhelm has been giving up decent catches of bass and bluegills.

• Upper and Lower Twin lakes have been producing a good number of smaller largemouth bass, with nightcrawlers, soft plastics and smaller crankbaits taking fish. Bluegills also have been hitting for those using worms.

• Anglers fishing the Monongahela River have been doing well on carp.

• At Lake Erie, anglers continue to do well on yellow perch by fishing emerald shiners in 45 to 50 feet of water just west of Walnut Creek. Walleyes are hitting, too, but in water up to 64 to 70 feet deep in the first and second trenches. Crawler harnesses in purple, watermelon and copper and Reef Runner stickbaits have been the best baits.

• A fisherman on the Shenango River caught a 46 12-inch musky that weighed more than 30 pounds on a bucktail.

• At Keystone State Park, anglers have been getting some decent largemouth bass by fishing soft plastics and jigs tipped with live bait and artificial trailers. Panfish also have been active.

• Cross Creek Lake has been giving up largemouth bass, crappies and bluegills to fishermen out early and late. Live baits have been most productive.

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