Fishing report: Allegheny River hot for walleyes, catfish

Bob Frye
| Thursday, June 13, 2013, 4:54 p.m.

• Prior to Wednesday's rain, anglers had been doing well on walleyes and saugers in the Allegheny River, according to Tim Lager of Lock 3 Bait and Tackle. Most of the walleyes were in the 15- to 20-inch range, but some as big as five pounds and 26 inches were caught, he added. Flathead catfish have also been hitting on bluegills and big suckers.

• Fishermen using red worms and small plastic jigs were taking bluegills at Virgin Run Dam this past week.

• Anglers have been getting crappies at a couple of Cambria County lakes, Wilmore Dam and Glendale Lake.

• The hybrid striper run has started at Lake Arthur. Anglers have been getting fish near shore by fishing nightcrawlers on the bottom, according to a Fish and Boat Commission report. Anglers have also been taking channel catfish after dark by fishing with chicken livers and nightcrawlers.

• Anglers using creek chubs and suckers have been picking up channel catfish and a few flatheads from the Monongahela River, according to Danny Plants of Shadlure in West Elizabeth. Those using shiners have been taking some large smallmouth bass, he added.

• Those fishing minnows beneath a bobber have been taking crappies at the Glades area of game land 95 north of Butler. Catfish have also been hitting at dusk and after dark.

• The fishing has been slow at Lake Oneida, though some larger crappies have been taken by those who can find structure within casting distance of the shore.

• Walleye fishermen have been reporting limits from Pymatuning, with much of the action coming from the southern half of the lake, most specifically the area between the causeway and Stocker's Island. Anglers have been taking fish by drifting a nightcrawler on a jig in water anywhere from eight to 16 feet deep. The crappie fishing has been strong, too, for those fishing a minnow under a bobber or with plastic jigs.

• At Lake Wilhelm, anglers have been taking crappies and bluegills, using minnows and maggots and wax worms, respectively. Largemouth bass have been hitting in the area near Cemetery Road.

• Catfish have been hitting on the Ohio River, with one angler landing a 40-inch, 32-pound flathead on a creek chub near Dashields Dam, according to Wayne Lykens of Island Firearms of Neville Island. Smallmouth bass up to about two pounds have been hitting on shiners and minnows near the mouth of Montour Creek.

• On Lake Erie, fishermen have been taking walleyes in 51 feet of water from the North East Marine to the New York line. Yellow perch are being caught in 30 to 35 feet of water in the area of Greenfield, Shades Beach and Freeport, according to a Fish and Boat Commission report.

• Anglers fishing Yellow Creek Lake with shiners were getting largemouth bass in shallow bays this week. Yellow perch were being caught on fathead minnows and bluegills on small redworms. The panfish were mostly small, however.

• At Green Lick Lake, fishermen using fathead minnows were taking largemouth bass and yellow perch. Bluegills were hitting on worms.

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