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Fishing report

Bob Frye
| Friday, Oct. 26, 2007

Conemaugh Dam has been producing a variety of fish lately, according to Paul Volkmann, former owner of Pee-Vee's Bait Shop in Latrobe. Fishing with a white trout magnet, he landed perch, bluegills, crappie and bass. In one case, he hooked a bluegill, only to have a largemouth swallow it on the way to the boat. He also caught 22- and 26-inch northern pike on the trout magnet and a red and white spinnerbait.

• Erie finally got a little rain, which allowed steelhead to move further upstream, said Dot Heubel of Poor Richard's Bait and Tackle. Fish have moved upstream as far as the Legion Hole on Elk Creek. The water level in the creeks has since gone way back down, she said, but anglers have been catching fish on eggs, minnows, skein and sucker spawn and blood dot patterns.

• Yellow perch continue to provide action in Lake Erie. Walleyes have been scarce, however.

• The Ohio River has been giving up some nice fish recently, said Wayne Lykens of Island Firearms of Neville Island. Anglers using shiners and, to a lesser degree, nightcrawlers and fatheads have been getting walleyes, striped bass and skipjack herring.

• Speaking of the Ohio River, George Cyrilla of Moon Township was tossing a Hot-N-Tot near the Montgomery Dam when he caught a walleye that was 32 1/4 inches long and 16 1/2 inches around. It weighed 11 1/4 pounds.

• Walleyes, smallmouth bass, and herring have also been caught in big numbers recently on the Allegheny River, said Matt DeMichele of Allegheny Bait and Tackle in Tarentum. The fish have been average in size, but anglers are getting lots of them on jigs and minnows.

• Elsewhere on the Allegheny, fishermen have been getting walleyes up to 18 inches, sauger and smallmouth bass on minnows, said Tom Green of Lock 3 Bait and Tackle in Cheswick.

• Trout fishermen have been hitting Deer Lakes pretty hard over the last few days since they were stocked, but there have been few reports on catches, Green added.

• Trout anglers fishing with waxworms have also been hitting Virgin Run Dam and Canonsburg Lake, but there's been little word on any catches.

• With water levels still so low, few fishermen have been fishing the area's trout streams, said Don Boyan of Orchard View Angling in Canonsburg.

• Fatheads and shiners are producing catches of smallmouth bass on the Yough River, said D.R. Plants of Shadlure in West Elizabeth.

• There's been little fishing pressure on the Monongahela River, but anglers are catching some smallmouth bass there, too, he added.

• Anglers using worms and jigheads and focusing on brushpiles in 10 to 14 feet of water have been getting some slab-sized crappies from Lake Arthur, said Jerry O'Donnell of O'Donnell's Sports Supplies in Prospect. Those trolling with crawler harnesses have also been picking up some perch, hybrid stripers and walleyes.

• An angler fishing below the causeway on Loyalhanna Creek caught a largemouth bass that was 21 inches long and weighed nearly 7 1/2 pounds, said Martha Martino of Jimmy's Bait Shop in South Greensburg.

• Twin Lakes Trout Club stocked the upper and lower lake with nice sized fish Oct. 11, but catches have been few and far between so far. The Fish and Boat Commission is set to stock both lakes Oct. 29.

• Three other Westmoreland County lakes that were to be stocked Oct. 30 are also being stocked Oct. 29 instead. They are Donegal Lake, Indian Lake and Mammoth Dam.

• Lower Hereford Manor Lake was stocked Tuesday and anglers have been picking up trout there on maggots, mealworms, minnows, and trout magnets tipped with maggots, said Wilma Strang of Wills Bait Shop in Zelionople.

• Nightcrawlers, mealworms and minnows have been catching bass, channel catfish, crappies and bluegills at Donegal Lake, said Jeff Kuhn of Scott's Bait Shop in Donegal.

• Anglers fishing from boats over structure with fathead minnows have been getting some nice catches of crappies at Crooked Creek Lake, said Mike Goodman of Goodman's Bait and Tackle in Ford City.

• With its water level drawn down, Yough Dam has been attracting few fisherman, said Tom Shockey of S&S Bait and Tackle in Chalk Hill. The few venturing out have caught some bass and perch, however.

• Anglers have been having more success fishing the tailrace below the dam for bass and trout, he added. They've been getting fish on nightcrawlers, mealworms and maggots.

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