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Fishing report: Heavy rains bring out variety of fish at Conemaugh River Lake

| Saturday, Oct. 6, 2018, 6:33 p.m.

• Conemaugh River Lake is seeing plenty of action lately as recent bouts of heavy rain bring out a number of different fish including striped bass, tiger trout, large perch and crappie. Anglers are doing well on both sides of the dam discharge. The lake is seeing a good amount of fishing pressure, so the opportunity to reel in an interesting catch may dwindle in the next week or so.

• Crooked Creek Lake is giving up panfish to anglers fishing its waters. The water levels at the lake are lower then usual but it hasn’t put a damper on the catch rate thus far.

• Anglers fishing Wilmore Reservoir are enjoying a solid creeled crappie bite. According to reports, a few of the crappie that fishermen have reeled in measured in at a substantial size.

• Beaverdam Run Reservoir is yielding a steady amount of perch to anglers over the last week or so. The perch catches that are being called in are weighing in at a hefty size.

• Fishermen casting out into Kinzua Reservoir are reeling back in a variety of fish, including smallmouth bass, northern pike and walleye. It appears these fish are starting to get their meals in ahead of the upcoming cold season, so the opportunity to catch one is ripe.

• Tionesta Lake is offering up musky to local anglers. The hot spot in the lake, according to reports, is the area along the shoreline near the dam, and also near the Lackey Flats Camping Area.

• In Forest County, the Allegheny River is providing anglers with plenty of smallmouth bass catches throughout its entirety. Solid options for catching the bass include top water lures and soft plastic baits.

• At French Creek, fishermen are doing well with smallmouth bass and walleye while using soft plastic baits.

• The Allegheny River in Venango County continues to harbor plenty of smallmouth bass, with top water lures and soft plastics providing anglers with a solid approach to reel one in.

• Anglers fishing Kahle Lake are having success while trolling for largemouth bass, bluegill and crappie. There does not appear to be a lone hot spot for the fish as anglers are reporting catches throughout the entire body of water.

• Tiger muskellunge, largemouth bass and smallmouth bass are biting at Justus Lake. Again, the fish are loading up on food for the winter months, which makes for a prime opportunity for fishermen.

• At Lake Pleasant, anglers are picking up northern pike on the western side of the lake while using spinnerbaits.

• Lake LeBouef is hosting plenty of muskellunge. Anglers are seeing promising success rates with the muskie while using bucktails and spoons.

Kevin Lohman is a freelance writer.

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