Fishing report: Freshwater drum, flatheads hitting on Mon
By Bob Frye
Published: Thursday, Sept. 5, 2013, 5:18 p.m.
• On the Monongahela River south of Charleroi, anglers are picking up freshwater drum, some in the 20-plus-inch class, the occasional bass and some flatheads in the 10- to 15-pound range, according to one local angler. Large shiners are the best bait.
• Freshwater drum are also hitting on the Beaver and Ohio rivers in Beaver County, according to a Fish and Boat Commission report. Anglers are also getting channel catfish on the Beaver River near Bridgewater using nightcrawlers, and catfish, smallmouth bass and other fish near the New Brighton Dam using minnows and worms.
• Linn Run is getting a few anglers looking for trout this past week. Catches are sporadic.
• A 41-inch muskellunge and a 25-inch northern pike were caught recently on spinnerbaits at the mouth of Cowanshannock Creek, according to a Fish and Boat Commission report.
• On the Allegheny River, anglers are picking up nice channel catfish on live and cut baits.
• Competitors in the Kayak Anglers of Western Pennsylvania Labor Day tournament, which was open to waters throughout four states, produced some big fish. Most of the anglers declined to say specifically where they were fishing, but Don Thomas of Virginia won the tournament. He was fishing a central Pennsylvania river and caught and released three smallmouth bass ranging from 181⁄2 to 20 inches. Two Ohio anglers took second and third, but Bob Griffith of Vandergrift took fourth with a 19-inch smallmouth and two largemouths of 181⁄4 and 181⁄2 inches.
• Anglers on the Ohio River are getting smallmouth bass and some sauger, primarily by using live bait, said Wayne Lykens of Island Firearms of Neville Island. Walleyes are few and far between, though.
• Lake Somerset is giving up some small bluegills and channel catfish.
• Laurel Hill Creek is giving up some trout yet, given the cooler weather and decent flows.
• Minnows and shiners are taking some smallmouth bass on the Yough River between Smithton and Sutersville, according to reports. A few catfish were also reported, along with an occasional drum.
• A handful of people are fishing Twin Lakes, but pressure overall is light, said Martha Martino of Jimmy's Bait Shop in South Greensburg. There is little word on catches.
• Raccoon Lake saw a lot of anglers over the holiday weekend, with many getting panfish and to a lesser degree, largemouth bass.
• Yellow Creek Lake is producing some bluegills for anglers using worms. Some bass were also reported to be caught, along with some channel catfish.
• At Quemahoning Lake, anglers are picking up smallmouth bass and largemouth bass, along with a few northern pike and walleyes.
• A few decent walleyes were also reported to be taken at Yough Dam in recent days.
• Loyalhanna Creek received some fishing pressure this past week, with most of it concentrated downstream of Kingston Dam. Smallmouth bass, rock bass and carp were said to be hitting.
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.
- Fishing report: Trout hitting well in most locations
- Study shows Pennsylvania bears like to put down roots
- Trout stocking could see big changes
- Frye: New permit to address deer wasting disease
- Outdoors notices: April 13