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Fishing report: Largemouth bass biting at Yellow Creek Lake

| Saturday, Aug. 4, 2018, 5:21 p.m.
Mike Depew, a fisheries biologist with the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission, holds a couple of very nice largemouth bass collected from Canonsburg Lake in Washington County during a survey conducted earlier this spring.
Mike Depew, a fisheries biologist with the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission, holds a couple of very nice largemouth bass collected from Canonsburg Lake in Washington County during a survey conducted earlier this spring.

• Anglers fishing Yellow Creek Lake are reeling in substantial numbers of largemouth bass in recent days, in addition to occasional northern pike and panfish catches. Those catching bass are doing so mostly using a range of soft plastic baits and top water lures. The peak times for catching bass are the dawn and dusk hours.

• Blue Spruce Lake is giving up its fair share of crappie and largemouth bass, with fishermen finding action in various parts of the lake’s waters. As far as artificial baits go, small jigs and spinnerbaits work for the crappie and a live minnow and slip bobber should provide a good approach for anglers looking to fish for the crappie with live bait.

• The Youghiogheny River is yielding smallmouth bass, walleye and freshwater drum to anglers fishing its waters. The walleye are populating the stretch of the river that crosses through Fayette County, for the most part. According to reports, the go-to bait for the walleye is minnows.

• The trout fishing is still going strong at Dunlap Creek Lake, with nightcrawlers and minnows providing solid options for bait. Anglers are reporting plenty of largemouth bass catches, as well.

• French Creek is offering up a variety of fish to anglers, including northern pike, smallmouth bass and walleye. The majority of the catches are occurring in part of the creek that runs between Utica and Franklin. Tubes, soft plastic baits and jigs are typically leading to successful catches.

• At Kahle Lake, fishermen are reeling in yellow perch, bluegill and crappie. Anglers are also doing well with largemouth bass, with brightly colored grubs and a range of soft plastic baits working well as bait.

• The Allegheny River in Venango County is a solid spot for anglers looking to troll for smallmouth bass. Fishermen are reporting that tubes, crankbaits and stick baits are all proving to be promising options as bait. Many are also catching catfish while using cut bait.

• At Oil Creek, the rising water temperatures are causing trout to populate the chillier waters of the tributaries that flow into the creek. The change in water temperature is leading to a larger number of northern pike catches in recent days. In addition to the northern pike, anglers are also doing well with smallmouth bass, particularly from Drake Well to the area where the Allegheny River converges with Oil Creek.

• The muskellunge and largemouth bass are biting at Keystone Power Dam. No particular hot spots were identified in the area as anglers are doing well throughout most of the lake.

Kevin Lohman is a freelance writer

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