Fishing report: Conemaugh River yielding solid numbers of bass, crappies
• Conemaugh River Lake is producing plenty of catches of late, with fishermen reeling in largemouth bass, smallmouth bass and crappies in solid numbers. Additionally, a smaller number of yellow perch, drum and carp catches were reported in recent days.
• In Westmoreland County, the Allegheny River is harboring a large population of catfish. Fishermen are using chicken livers as bait and are seeing plenty of action.
• While the catches may be few and far between, visitors at Green Lick Reservoir are reporting some larger bass catches. Artificial baits appear to be the way to go.
• Fourmile Run is offering up trout to anglers who are using live bait such as nightcrawlers.
• Fishermen are reeling in muskellunge and smallmouth bass at the Ohio River in Allegheny County. The muskie are a little more active at night and seem to be attracted to spoons, while the bass are biting at spinners and minnows. A number of catfish catches are being reported too, with chicken livers serving as the bait of choice.
• Anglers who are fishing at the Youghiogheny River are reporting a variety of catches, including walleye, catfish and bass. Live bait and lures are working well.
• Yellow Creek Lake is yielding a diverse range of catches, including largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, walleye and bluegill. Most anglers are fishing from the shore and catching plenty of fish that way.
• Both trout and largemouth bass are biting for fishermen who are casting out into Blue Spruce Lake. Setups that feature live bait and spinners are working well.
• Dutch Fork Lake is a hot spot for largemouth bass, with anglers enjoying a particularly solid bass bite during the dawn and dusk hours.
• In Venango County, the Allegheny River is giving up smallmouth bass. Anglers are employing stick baits and crankbaits to productive results.
• Smallmouth bass and walleye are swimming the waters of French Creek. Fishermen are also seeing a few northern pike. For the bass and walleye, specifically, jigs and soft plastics are a good approach.
• At Kahle Lake, anglers are reeling in bluegill and yellow perch. There are some reports of crappie and largemouth bass catches as well, with grubs acting as a good bait for the latter fish.
• There are a good number of panfish being brought in at Shenango Reservoir, with a few crappie catches reported in the deeper areas of the reservoir, too.
Kevin Lohman is a Tribune-Review contributing writer.