Fishing report: Hefty walleye biting at Keystone Power Dam
• Anglers casting their lines out into the waters around the Keystone Power Dam are reeling in some hefty walleye, with some catches measuring in at 20-25 inches. Largemouth and smallmouth bass are biting in this area, too. To add to that, the catch rate for muskellunge is on the rise, according to reports.
• At Yellow Creek Lake, anglers are catching a number of fish, such as largemouth bass, smallmouth bass and catfish. In recent days, a few northern pike catches were reported as well.
• The portion of the Ohio River that runs through Beaver County is yielding some big flathead catfish. The most productive baits are chubs and panfish.
• Raccoon Lake is offering up panfish and largemouth bass to fishermen who are trolling its waters. While the majority of the catches are a bit on the small side, there were a few reports of larger bass catches in the vicinity of the spillway.
• The walleye bite at Lake Erie is still going strong, with reports indicating a wide range of lures and baits are effective at drawing them in. Anglers are also enjoying some solid yellow perch fishing on the eastern side of the lake. The deeper sections of the water are still harboring lake trout, per reports.
• In Allegheny County, the Ohio River is producing plenty of action for fishermen who are looking to pick up a few catfish. Chicken livers appear to be working well as bait for channel catfish and flathead catfish. The catch rate for walleye is decreasing, according to reports.
• The Allegheny River in Allegheny County is shaping up to be a good spot for smallmouth bass fishing. Predominantly, the bass are being found around the submerged structures in the river.
• Fishermen at French Creek are reporting catches of smallmouth bass and walleye. Though the walleye bite hasn’t been particularly strong, the cooling temperatures are sure to give way to more action.
• In Venango County, the Allegheny River is still giving up smallmouth bass and walleye. Setups that include spinners and live bait such as nightcrawlers or minnows are leading to solid results.
• Anglers fishing Oil Creek are doing well with smallmouth bass. As far as bait goes, crankbaits typically offer a good option in these conditions.
Kevin Lohman is a Tribune-Review contributing writer.