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Fishing report: Fishing strong on Allegheny River

| Thursday, Sept. 26, 2013, 9:15 p.m.

• Soft baits have been taking good numbers of smallmouth bass, walleyes and saugers on the Allegheny River near Harmar, according to a Fish and Boat Commission report. Farther upriver, above Kittanning, anglers have been getting good numbers of smallmouth bass and the occasional walleye. Catfish have been hitting after dark for those using cut bait and chicken livers.

• Also on the Allegheny, near Templeton, an angler caught and released a 56-inch flathead catfish, according to the Fish and Boat Commission.

• Anglers fishing Slippery Rock Creek have been picking up some smallmouth bass, largely on live baits and tube jigs. Rock bass have been hitting nightcrawlers.

• In eastern Erie County, anglers on the assorted Mile streams have been getting a few fish, mainly by fishing near the creek mouths and lake shoreline early and late in the day. Low water in the creeks has kept any real runs from starting, however. The lower stretches of Walnut and Elk Creeks have seen a few more steelhead. Catches have been coming in minnows and single eggs.

• There's been little fishing going on at Mammoth Dam, with anglers apparently waiting for next week's trout stocking. • At Glendale Lake in Prince Gallitzin State Park, anglers have been taking some nice crappies.

• At Lake Wilhelm, anglers have been doing a little better on walleyes lately, with worm harnesse and Hot-N-Tots accounting for many of the fish. Bass have been hitting, too, with one 6.32-pound largemouth caught in a tournament last week.

• Smallmouth bass have been hitting on the Casselman River. Most have been shorter than 12 inches, but the action has been consistent, with some fish up to 16 inches mixed in.

• Smallmouths have likewise been hitting on the Yough River. Fishermen using live minnows have been taking fish between Perryopolis and Cedar Creek Park. Soft plastic lures have also been working.

• Fishing pressure has been relatively light at Pymatuning Lake, according to multiple reports, but angler shave been getting a few walleyes on blade baits. Channel cats have been hitting, while crappies were being caught by those fishing deeper weedbeds.

• At Lake Arthur, bass have been hitting on topwater baits, minnows and nightcrawlers. The bluegill bite has been good, too. Channel cats have been hitting on cutbaits and livers.

• North Park Lake has been getting some anglers, with smallish panfish the main bite.

• At Laurel Hill Lake, anglers have been picking up largemouth bass on nightcrawlers, Twister Tails and crankbaits. Bluegills have been hitting for those using tiny jigs or red worms.

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