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Fishing report: Flathead catfish starting to keep anglers busy

Bob Frye
| Thursday, June 5, 2014, 6:03 p.m.

• Flathead catfish started biting with some regularity on the Ohio River, especially around Rochester and the Montgomery and Dashields dams, according to waterways conservation officer Jeremy Allen of the Fish and Boat Commission. Live baits, such as bluegills, are taking flatheads. Anglers using chicken livers are getting channel catfish, he said.

• On the Beaver River, anglers fishing near the New Brighton Dam are getting walleyes and hybrid striped bass, but not in any big numbers. The crappie bite is off.

• Anglers were doing well on crappies and bluegills early in the week at Keystone Lake in Armstrong County, but that tapered off with the rain, according to a report from the Fish and Boat Commission.

• Laurel Hill Lake is giving up trout to those fishing with live baits and Powerbait and bass to those fishing nightcrawlers. But there's been little pressure overall.

• The Fayette County portion of the Yough River is giving up walleyes, bass, trout and channel cats.

• At Lake Arthur, anglers are doing very well on largemouth bass, catching them along the shoreline and in coves using nightcrawlers fished on the bottom. Crappies are hitting, too, for those using white Twister Tails around brush piles in 7 to 9 feet of water, according to a commission report.

• Anglers fishing Raccoon Creek State Park's main lake are getting limits of trout on Powerbait, provided they stick with it.

• At Glendale Lake, anglers are picking up some bluegills and yellow perch, along with the occasional northern pike.

• Slippery Rock Creek is giving up trout to the few people still fishing for them.

• Keystone State Park Lake is getting a good bit of fishing pressure, but the action is slow. A few trout were caught by those fishing near the dam, but the bass action was slow.

• Kooser Lake is getting very little fishing pressure, but it's still giving up a few trout and some smallish largemouth bass.

• Smallish crappies are hitting fairly consistently at Oneida Lake.

• At Pymatuning Lake, anglers are taking decent number of walleyes in the 15- to 18-inch range, with some bigger ones mixed in, according to reports. The crappie fishing is inconsistent, though small jigs tipped with live baits are taking fish.

• Fishermen on Loyalhanna Creek, especially the delayed harvest portion of the stream, are picking up trout, with flies taking more than spinners.

• Anglers on the Monongahela River are picking up walleyes, smallmouth bass and catfish.

• Trout and bass are still being caught upstream of the dam in New Bethlehem on Redbank Creek, according to a commission report.

• At Shenango Reservoir, high, muddy water has limited the fishing. A few crappies were reported, but the fishing was tough overall.

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