Fishing report: Bass, trout biting at Blue Spruce Lake
• The fishing at Blue Spruce Lake is picking up as anglers are catching bass and trout at an increased rate. For the trout, using a spoon jig with a minnow as bait is typically a good approach. Meanwhile, an approach that includes spinnerbait, crankbait or jerkbait should lead to solid results with the bass.
• The panfish are biting at Shenango Reservoir, with fishermen finding plenty of crappie in deeper pockets of water. For those who prefer to use live bait, minnows typically work well.
• The Youghiogheny River is offering up plenty of smallmouth bass. In addition, there have been more than a few reports of catfish and freshwater drum catches. The daytime appears to be the most productive window for bass fishing, while the catfish and drum are more active in the evening hours. A couple of trout catches were also claimed in the last week or so.
• There is some active fishing at the Tionesta Outflow of late. Fishermen are reeling in a variety of fish, including walleye, catfish and muskellunge. According to reports, most combinations of lures and live bait have proven to be productive.
• Anglers trolling Tionesta Lake are enjoying some hefty muskellunge catches. A general decrease in fishing pressure on the lake has seemingly led to a little more activity from the fish.
• The Allegheny River in Forest County is yielding smallmouth bass in solid numbers to fishermen who are utilizing live bait and tube jigs. While the number of trout catches is declining in the area, a few are still being reported in the river.
• At Keystone Power Dam, anglers are doing well with largemouth bass. Topwater stickbaits tend to work well, as do fast-moving lures like crankbaits.
• Keystone Lake is shaping up to be a prolific spot for anglers who are in search of largemouth bass. Crankbaits appear to be a go-to approach.
• Fishermen are reporting bass and crappie catches at Loyalhanna Lake. The crappie are most interested in minnows while the bass are populating the areas of the lake where there are submerged logs and rocks.
Kevin Lohman is a Tribune-Review contributing writer.