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Fishing report

| Friday, Aug. 25, 2006

Spotlight: Keystone Dam

The Reefer Cove of Keystone Dam in Armstrong County has been a good place to fish from shore recently. Anglers using nightcrawlers and red worms have been getting lots of yellow perch and bluegills and an occasional bass, said Pam Warr of Keystone Bait and Tackle. Most of the fish have been just average in size, but they've been providing constant action.

• Anglers fishing from the Duck Hollow fishing pier on the Monongahela River have been getting gar, crappies, sauger, walleyes, and even an 18-inch smallmouth using crayfish, minnows and leeches for bait.

• On the Beaver River, anglers have been getting walleyes and sauger using jigheads with fatheads or nightcrawlers, said Bob Bernhardy of Shooter's Place in Bridgewater.

• Bradys Run Lake has been very quiet as of late, with few fish being caught and fewer people out after them.

• Some anglers have been catching lake trout using planing boards at Beaver Dam Reservoir.

• At Hinkston Run Reservoir, one angler caught a 17 1/2-inch perch. Other fishermen have been getting some walleyes and northern pike.

• Anglers continue to report catching nice channel catfish at Wilmore Dam.

• Twin Lakes and Mammoth Dam have been very quiet, with few people fishing during the week, said Martha Martino of Jimmy's Bait Shop in South Greensburg.

• Anglers have been having better success getting smallmouth bass on the Yough River in the West Newton area, Martino said.

• Flathead catfish have been hitting nightcrawlers and chicken livers on 10 Mile Creek in Washington County.

• Anglers using night crawlers have been getting channel catfish and bullheads off the lock wall at Rices Landing on the Monongahela River.

• There are still trout in Loyalhanna Creek, but the low water and warm temperatures have made them very difficult to catch, said Rich Kacsuta of Loyalhanna Fishing Post in Ligonier. Fishing pressure has been way down as a result.

• Anglers fishing right before dark have been getting some walleyes from Keystone Dam, Pam Warr of Keystone Bait and Tackle said.

• On the Ohio River, anglers have been picking up longnose gar on shiners and fatheads near the mouth of Montour Creek, said Jason Shazer of Island Firearms of Neville Island. The biggest of the gar have been just longer than 20 inches.

• The portion of the Allegheny River running through Westmoreland County has continued to produce decent catches of walleye and sauger.

• A freshwater drum that weighed more than 10 pounds was pulled from the Kiski River in recent days.

• The fishing at Loyalhanna Dam has been slow, but three bass each longer than 20 inches were caught there this past weekend. One angler also caught and released a walleye that was just over 16 inches.

• A few panfish are being caught at Conneaut Lake.

• The muskie fishing has slowed a bit at Tamarack Lake, but still remains good overall.

• Short walleyes are being caught below the dam at Woodcock Creek Lake, with an occasional legal-sized fish mixed in.

• This week it's been the perch, and not the walleyes, providing most of the action at Lake Erie. The perch are being caught in 62 feet of water off the point at Presque Isle and in 52 to 58 feet of water due north of Walnut Creek.

• Also at Erie, in a sign of things to come, anglers are getting some steelhead in 40 to 50 feet of water. There have been a few brown trout caught along the shoreline at Trout Run.

• The panfishing has been hot recently at the outflow below Tionesta Dam. Anglers have been catching bluegills and rock bass using worms and a bobber.

• In Venango County, bass are hitting on tubes in the Allegheny River. Walleyes are being caught south of Franklin on tubes and river baits.

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