Fishing report: Nov. 18, 2017
• With the weather getting colder by the week, the conditions at Lake Arthur are continuing to improve as it pertains to fishing for catfish and muskellunge. According to reports, anglers are picking up the catfish and musky using minnows, shrimp or chicken livers as bait and dragging it off the bottom of the lake.
• Harbor Acres Lake is giving up nicely sized rainbow trout after a stocking in late October. For anglers looking to reel in the trout, a setup that includes spinners, spoons or jigs and minnows or nightcrawlers as bait should be a safe play.
• The Monongahela River in Fayette County is yielding walleye and sauger. According to reports, most of the action is taking place in the area below the Point Marion lock.
• At Dunlap Creek Lake, fishermen are doing well with trout. In the last few weeks, a handful of bluegill catches also have been reported. One particular approach that has been successful is using mealworms suspended below a bobber.
• Anglers at High Point Lake are reeling in a number of different fishes, including chain pickerel, bass and panfish.
• Crappie, some as large as 14 inches, are biting at Youghiogheny River Lake. Reports indicate the crappie are most active in the deeper sections of the water. Some nicely sized common carp also can be found off the Somerfield access area.
• The Youghiogheny River Tailrace is offering up catfish and rock bass.
• The Quemahoning Reservoir is hosting a solid population of walleye, thanks to the recent relocation of fish from the Somerset Lake salvage.
• Cross Creek Lake is providing panfish. Live jigs and small jigs under a float appear to be the right approach. A handful of largemouth bass also have been caught in recent weeks.
• Anglers fishing the Beaver River are catching a few catfish here and there.
• Trout are biting at Raccoon Lake, particularly for anglers that are using paste baits and maggots. According to reports, the hot spot is the area near the lakeside restroom access as well as near the dam.
• Presque Isle Bay is harboring a variety of fishes, including yellow perch, bluegill and crappie. Anglers are doing well with the fish from the shore and also from the docks in Marina Lake.