Fishing report: Smallmouth bass popping in the Yough
• The Youghiogheny River is shaping up to be a productive spot to visit for anglers who are in search of smallmouth bass. The bass seem to be particularly active during the day time. Additionally, fishermen are reporting more than a few catfish and freshwater drum catches.
• The Allegheny River in Warren County is harboring plenty of smallmouth bass, which are mostly being found on the bridge near Betts Park. Anglers are catching muskellunge using spinnerbaits and topwater lures.
• Fishermen at Lake Erie are reeling in walleye at a solid catch rate. The walleye appear to be swimming in about 70-90 feet of water. Some anglers are reporting recent catches of yellow perch and a couple steelhead as well.
• Lower Clarion River is yielding a good amount of smallmouth bass to anglers who are fishing its waters. For those twho are looking to pick up a few bass, a setup that incorporates jigs, jerkbaits or crankbaits should work well. Walleye are being caught in the river, too, though not at the same rate as the bass.
• The Upper Clarion River is giving up smallmouth bass and walleye. Anglers are doing well with the bass throughout the day, while the walleye are more likely to bite around the dawn and dusk hours. Per usual, a few channel catfish catches were reported in the last week or two.
• Anglers fishing at Kahle Lake are reeling in a variety of fish, including largemouth bass, crappie, yellow perch and bluegill. Crankbaits and spinnerbaits are providing good results with the bass. Live bait such as minnows and worms typically work well for the crappie.
• Walleye, muskellunge and catfish are all biting at the Tionesta Outflow. According to reports, anglers are utilizing combinations of live bait and various lures to notable success.
• Tionesta Lake is still being populated by large-sized muskellunge, with reports of heavier catches coming within the last week or two.
• At Loyalhanna Lake, anglers are using live bait to catch crappie. A few smallmouth bass catches were reported here, as well.
Kevin Lohman is a Tribune-Review contributing writer.