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Fishing report: Allegheny, Monongahela producing fish

| Thursday, April 11, 2013, 4:15 p.m.

• Anglers have been doing well on smallmouth bass on the Allegheny River, according to Lee Murray of Lock 3 Bait and Tackle in Cheswick. Live bait and jigs have been taking fish, with some going as large as three pounds. Only a few walleyes and sauger have been reported.

• Raccoon Creek Lake was stocked last week, and anglers were getting trout on jigs tipped with maggots, spinners and other live baits, according to a Fish and Boat Commission report.

• At Lake Arthur, anglers fishing the Muddy Creek area were picking up northern pike on large shiners this week, according to Jerry O'Donnell of O'Donnell's Sports Supplies in Portersville. A few crappies, most on the smaller side, were also being caught.

• Crappies, yellow perch and bluegills have all been hitting at Lake Wilhelm, with the area around the Sheakleyville Causeway most productive. Maggots and wax worms have been taking the most fish.

• A few lakes in the Laurel Highlands, from Laurel Hill to High Point to Cranberry Glade, still had skim ice as of last weekend, limiting the fishing there.

• Virgin Run has been giving up trout to anglers doing catch and release fishing with spinners and live baits such as maggots and wax worms, according to one report.

• Anglers fishing for trout on North Park Lake have been doing well, with Gulp eggs and maggots taking fish, along with Berkley trout worms and live baits such as maggots and meal worms.

• On the Monongahela River, anglers have been getting smallmouth bass up to 15 inches and hybrid stripers using shiners and big fatheads, according to Danny Plants of Shadlure in West Elizabeth. White bass have been hitting near the mouths of Kelly Run and Pigeon Creek.

• Crappies were hitting minnows on the Beaver River near Townsend Dam, according to a Fish and Boat Commission report.

• Anglers have been picking up crappies at Pymatuning Lake, with the shallow bays in the north end of the lake the hot spots, according to multiple reports. Anglers have been getting the fish from boats and shore by fishing with minnows suspended beneath a bobber. Jumbo-sized perch have also been hitting nightcrawlers.

• The fishing on the Ohio River has been very “sluggish,” said Wayne Lykens of Island Firearms of Neville Island. Anglers have been out, but catches have been few.

• Anglers have been gearing up for trout season, but there's been no word on catches from the sections of the Yough River open to year-round fishing, according to a spokesman at S&S Bait and tackle in Chalk Hill.

• Northern pike have been hitting at Quemahoning Reservoir in Somerset County, according to a Fish and Boat Commission report. The largest was 26 inches. Yellow perch are also providing some action.

• At Cross Creek Lake, the crappie fishing has been “tremendous” in recent days, according to Mike Milvet of Cross Creek Bait and Tackle in Avella. The majority of fish have been nine to 11 inches, but they've been hitting in good numbers on minnows primarily, though trout magnets tipped with maggots have also been taking fish. A bass tournament on the lake over the weekend resulted in some keep fish being caught, with one 6-pounder in the mix.

• Upper and Lower Twin lakes have continued to give up trout to anglers fishing on a catch and release basis.

Bob Frye is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. Reach him at or via Twitter @bobfryeoutdoors.

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