Flatheads hitting on the Ohio

Bob Frye
| Thursday, July 10, 2014, 4:57 p.m.

• Flathead catfish are hitting on the Ohio River, with one angler fishing in the area of the Back Channel Dam landing a 40-plus pounder, said Wayne Lykens of Island Firearms of Neville Island. The cats are hitting on suckers and bluegills. Anglers are also picking up decent-sized sheephead and smallish walleyes and smallmouth bass, all on shiners and minnows.

• The fishing at Pymatuning Lake is great for channel catfish of late, but only so-so for walleyes, according to multiple reports. The catfish are being caught at night and by anglers trolling and drifting. Walleyes are hard to come by, especially legal-sized ones. A few were reported taken from the north end of the lake, though, around Harris and Whaley islands.

• Walleyes are biting much better on Lake Erie, according to reports. The fish are being caught anywhere from 25 to 70 feet down.

• Anglers fishing Crooked Creek are doing very well on smallmouth bass on those days when water levels drop enough to wet wade, according to one report. Rebel crayfish and Senkos are taking the most fish.

• The fishing at Upper and Lower Twin lakes is slow, according to Martha Martino of Jimmy's Sporting Goods in South Greensburg.

• At Yough Dam, anglers trolling Hot N Tots and Reef Runners are getting good numbers of walleyes, even if some are sublegal. Those using worm harnesses are having less success. Bass are hitting on shiners, Senkos, tubes and flukes.

• There are few anglers on Dunlap Creek Lake, said Al Packan of Cap'n Al's bait shop. The few venturing out are doing well on catfish using chicken livers and shiners, he said, while a few bass were caught on shiners and nightcrawlers.

• Anglers fishing the Clarion River from Cook Forest downstream are doing well on nice-sized smallmouth bass, according to reports. This year's rains have left the river more suitable for anglers fishing from canoes and kayaks than normal.

• Redbank Creek is giving up bass and trout to those fishing at the dam in New Bethlehem, according to a Fish and Boat Commission report. Bass also are hitting in the Mayport area.

• The trout fishing on the Yough River between the outflow at Yough Dam and Ohiopyle is “spectacular,” according to Scott Gates of S&S Bait and Tackle in Chalk Hill. Bait anglers are getting them on nightcrawlers, while fly fishermen are getting them on various flies featuring pink colors, he said.

• Trout fishermen also are doing fairly well on Slippery Rock Creek, when the water is not too high. Meal worms and wax worms are taking fish.

• At Lake Wilhelm, anglers report the bass bite as being strong. A Kayak Anglers of Western Pennsylvania tournament reported 73 largemouths caught, the biggest 19.75 inches long. Other reports indicate a few walleyes up to 27 inches were caught near the dam, while the crappie fishing has yielded mostly smaller fish.

• On the Allegheny River, anglers fishing near Tionesta were picking up smallmouth bass up to 21 inches on tubes and jigs. Walleyes, bass and channel catfish are biting between Emlenton and East Brady.

• At Lake Arthur, fishermen are getting lots of channel catfish, as well as good numbers of largemouth bass, said Jerry O'Donnell of O'Donnell's Sports Supplies in Portersville. Yellow perch are hitting on jigs and minnows, while one pair of anglers did very well on walleyes over the weekend, landing limits of fish up to 24 inches by trolling worm harnesses in 10 to 22 feet of water.

• Anglers tossing shiners are doing well on northern pike at High Point Lake.

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