Fishing report: Freshwater drum, flatheads hitting on Mon

Bob Frye
| 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 18 12 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 18 14 and 18 12 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.

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

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