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Joe Kromka of Monroeville holds a 26-inch, 8.5-pound hybrid striped bass pulled recently from the Allegheny River. He got it on a rubber swimbait.

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Thursday, July 24, 2014, 6:00 p.m.

• Anglers fishing the Monongahela in the area of Allenport and Roscoe are picking up sheepshead and channel catfish using nightcrawlers, according to Buddy Federer of Allenport. There is a problem with anglers leaving trash behind, however, he said.

• Many anglers were frustrated by the walleye fishing at Pymatuning Lake this year, which has slowed way down since spring. That has led to a “summer slump” in fishing, according to reports. A few walleyes are being picked up by anglers trolling Shad Raps and Hot-N-Tots in 17 to 23 feet of water, or tossing long minnow plugs around weedbeds at dark, though, according to a couple of reports. Otherwise at Pymatuning, anglers continue to do well on channel catfish, and some crappies are being reeled in.

• Upper Deer Lake is giving up some small panfish.

• At Upper Twin lake, anglers using nightcrawlers were getting a few largemouth bass this past week, though nothing of any size. Fishing on Lower Twin was slow, according to reports.

• Mammoth Dam is getting consistent if not overwhelming fishing pressure. Anglers are taking smallish largemouth bass on rubber worms and live nightcrawlers. Panfish are hitting red worms and meal worms.

• At Lake Wilhelm, anglers are taking walleyes between 19 and 25 inches by fishing in about 9 feet of water, according to one report. Panfish are active, too.

• Jim Kromka of Monroeville and his brother Joe are fishing the Allegheny River after dark and doing pretty well. Joe Kromka caught a 26-inch, 8.5-pound hybrid striped bass, while Jim recently took a 36.5-inch, 6.5-pound walleye. Both were taken on rubber swimbaits.

• Elsewhere on the Allegheny, fishermen are taking walleyes in Harmar, at the mouth of Deer Creek. Bass and panfish are hitting at Lock 3.

• A few anglers are fishing the North Fork of the Little Beaver Creek in recent days, according to a Fish and Boat Commission report. Some holdover trout are hitting near Darlington.

• The catfish action is reportedly slow on the Beaver River.

• Loyalhanna Creek is getting some fishing pressure downstream of Kingston Dam. Anglers are picking up smallmouth bass and rock bass on nightcrawlers and small plugs.

• At Lake Erie, anglers are taking walleyes in 50 to 70 feet of water between Walnut and Elk creeks. The perch fishing has slowed a bit, however.

• Anglers fishing from boats at Lake Somerset were picking up a handful of walleyes and some channel catfish this past week.

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