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Fishing report: Yough River keeping trout fishermen busy

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Thursday, Aug. 22, 2013, 5:45 p.m.

• Anglers fishing the Yough River upstream of the Route 381 bridge in Ohiopyle and below the outflow at Yough Dam are getting lots of trout, with nightcrawlers the top bait, according to Scott Gates of S&S Bait and Tackle in Chalk Hill. Spinners have taken a few fish, too.

• Anglers are doing well on bluegills at both Upper and Lower Twin lakes, according to one report. Butterworms, small red worms and wax worms are the hot baits.

• Flathead and channel catfish are hitting on the Allegheny River, according to a Fish and Boat Commission report, with cut bait, chicken liver and even French fries taking fish. The action is best near Lock 3 and Sharpsburg. Smallmouth bass are hitting near the mouths of Deer and Bull creeks.

• Northmoreland Lake are getting some fishing pressure in recent days, with anglers taking mostly bluegills on worms. A few bass were caught, too, along with some carp.

• At Keystone Lake in Armstrong County, the bass bite has slowed, but anglers are doing well on walleyes, according to a Fish and Boat Commission report. A few yellow perch were caught.

• Anglers fishing St. Vincent Lake reported the fishing to be slow this week, with just a few bass and bluegills hitting on nightcrawlers.

• Trout fishermen are enjoying some success on Meadow Run, according to reports.

• Shore anglers are getting a few northern pike at Yellow Creek Lake in Indiana County. The bass fishing is slow, according to a Fish and Boat Commission report, but anglers are getting channel cats at dusk, while a few walleyes were caught.

• Fishing in 35 to 40 feet of water with bottom bouncers and crawler harnesses is producing walleyes at Yough Dam. Lots of channel catfish are being reported, along with yellow perch for those fishing brush piles.

• Anglers fishing the Ohio River near the mouth of Montour Creek is doing well, with lots of smallmouth bass, some up to 4 12 pounds, hitting on shiners, according to a spokesman at Island Firearms of Neville Island. Walleyes and gar are also hitting.

• At North Park Lake, weekends are busy with anglers fishing for largemouth bass and panfish, according to North Park Sports Shop. The best action is early and late in the day.

• Anglers fishing small minnows are doing well on yellow perch at Lake Arthur, according to Glenda O'Donnell of O'Donnell's Sports Shop in Portersville. Walleyes are hitting for those trolling or drifting worm harnesses.

• At Keystone State Park, anglers tossing small soft plastics are taking some bass. Nightcrawlers are taking fish, especially for those fishing from boats.

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