Fishing report: Ohio River giving up muskies

Bob Frye
| Thursday, July 18, 2013, 5:33 p.m.

• Anglers have been catching muskies from the Ohio River near the Dashields Dam, with the largest topping out at about 42 inches. The fish have been hitting on suckers and bluegills. Anglers have also been taking walleyes and bass near the mouth of Montour Creek.

• Kooser Lake continues to give up trout to the handful of anglers fishing there, according to one Fish and Boat Commission report.

• Glendale Lake has been producing bass, along with some panfish, including bluegills and yellow perch.

• Largemouth bass and crappies have been hitting with some consistency at Green Lick Lake, according to reports. A few walleyes have also been caught.

• Laurel Hill Lake has been producing nice bluegills and largemouth bass. Nightcrawlers have been the most commonly used bait, according to one report.

• Anglers fishing from boats have been taking largemouth bass and yellow perch at Keystone State Park Lake. Nightcrawlers have been the top bait there.

• High Point Lake has been giving up bass, bluegills, northern pike and some crappies, according to a Fish and Boat Commission report.

• There's been little fishing pressure at Upper or Lower Twin lakes in recent days because of rain and hot weather.

• Anglers fishing Montour Creek about a mile upstream of where it empties into the Ohio River have reportedly been taking some trout.

• Bass have been hitting on Shenango Lake, with some exceeding four pounds. The winners of a recent tournament there caught all of their fish on jigs with plastic trailers.

• The Yough River tailrace has also been giving up trout, most notably large browns.

• Yough Dam fishermen have been picking up walleyes, channel cats and yellow perch, with the areas around Jockey Hollow, Somerfield, the dam breast and the Route 50 bridge all good.

• The near-shore hybrid striper bite has cooled at Lake Arthur, but anglers have still been taking channel cats after dark on chicken livers and nightcrawlers.

• Anglers have been picking up bass and channel and flathead catfish on live baits on the Allegheny River near Tarentum. Fishing pressure has been light, but the river is in good shape, according to reports.

• Glades Lake near Butler has been giving up channel catfish to those fishing livers and dough balls after dark.

• Before the recent hot weather, walleyes were being caught shallow at Pymatuning Lake, with fish in depths of 8 to 12 feet. They were hitting jigs and minnows and jigs and nightcrawlers, according to reports. Anglers have also been doing well on channel cats and crappies.

• Spinnerbaits and buzzbaits have been taking bass at Lake Wilhelm, with reports of some fish topping six pounds.

• Bass have been hitting at Keystone Lake in Armstrong County, along with panfish. A few muskies have been reported.

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

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