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Fishing report: Heavy bass population in Allegheny River, Westmoreland County

| Saturday, Sept. 8, 2018, 6:30 p.m.

• In Westmoreland County, the Allegheny River is providing anglers with plenty of opportunities to catch a variety of fish. In the early morning and early evening, fishermen are reeling in both largemouth bass and smallmouth bass. According to reports, both variations of bass are populating the water surrounding the structures that dot the riverbanks. Anglers are also picking up muskellunge downstream from the locks and dams, and where the smaller rivers converge with the Allegheny. Catfish are a popular catch for nighttime visitors using chicken livers as bait.

• The Monongahela River in the southern portion of Washington County is yielding nicely sized walleye, specifically around structures in the areas of major tributaries. Around dawn and dusk hours, anglers are enjoying a solid muskellunge bite. A few catfish catches are also being reported, although the rate of the catches is seemingly declining.

• At Cross Creek Lake, fishermen are catching bass and crappie. The bass appear to be swimming at a depth of about 10 feet of water, with soft plastic baits providing the best approach to attract them.

• Anglers fishing Dutch Fork Lake are reporting some large sized largemouth bass catches in recent days. The dawn and dusk hours are proving to be the most fruitful times.

• The largemouth bass bite is still going strong at Yellow Creek Lake. Anglers are also bringing in catches of northern pike and catfish.

• Lake Arthur is giving up walleye to anglers fishing in the vicinity of the flooded Rt. 422 roadbed. Lately, the bait of choice for the walleye, according to reports, is nightcrawlers. Throughout the lake, fishermen are also doing well with catfish while using chicken livers as bait.

At Shenango Reservoir, the white bass and hybrid striped bass are still biting. In addition to the bass, anglers are catching the occasional panfish.

• In Clarion County, the Allegheny River is offering up smallmouth bass all along the length of the river. Anglers trolling the water around the Parker Islands are doing well with walleye. At night, channel catfish is the most popular catch.

• Fishermen at Redbank Creek are finding trout, mostly around the Dam in New Bethlehem. Downstream from the dam, anglers are snagging smallmouth bass and walleye up to the creek’s confluence with the Allegheny River.

• Lower Clarion River is hosting a solid population of smallmouth bass and walleye, as fishermen are locating plenty of fish throughout the river’s waters.

• At Kahle Lake, anglers are reeling in a good deal of bluegill. Solid live bait options for the bluegill include crickets, worms or grasshoppers. According to reports, some fishermen are also catching largemouth bass.

Kevin Lohman is a freelance writer.

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