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Regional fishing report

Bob Frye
| Friday, July 1, 2011

A weekly look at where the fish are biting around Western Pennsylvania.

» The walleye fishing on Yough Dam has been excellent, said Scott Gates of S&S Bait and Tackle in Chalk Hill. Anglers trolling Reef Runners and Hot 'N Tots have been getting lots of fish. Most have been small, but the winning bag in a walleye tournament over the weekend was a five-fish limit weighing almost 21 pounds, with the lunker topping 6 pounds.

» Fishing on the Ohio River has been slow, said Wayne Lykens of Island Firearms of Neville Island. Anglers have been picking up walleyes to 19 inches and smallmouth bass to 13, with a few average-sized catfish mixed in.

» Portions of the Allegheny River have been producing nice muskies. Mark Transue of Transue's Bait in Kittanning said one angler caught a 50-incher on a bluegill upstream of Kittanning, while another, fishing artificial lures around Crooked Creek, caught 37- and 45-inch fish.

» Elsewhere on the Allegheny, anglers fishing evenings near Lock 3 have been picking up sublegal walleyes and smallmouth bass, mostly on jig-and-minnow combinations and Twister Tails, said Tim Lager of Lock 3 Bait and Tackle in Cheswick.

» At Lake Erie, perch have been hitting in 45 to 50 feet of water northwest of Walnut Creek and north of Presque Isle. The bay has been giving up lots of bass; tube baits and other soft plastics are taking the most fish.

» At Pymatuning Lake, anglers continue to get lots of sublegal walleyes. Worm harnesses, Hot 'N Tots and Bomber lures have been accounting for the most fish. The crappie bite has slowed, but anglers have been doing well on big bluegills and catfish.

» At Lake Arthur, anglers have been getting striped bass after dark, some bass and the occasional walleye. Some nice crappies have been caught, though, with one topping 2 pounds and several near that mark, said Glenda O'Donnell of O'Donnell's Sports Supplies in Portersville.

» Anglers have been picking up trout on the Yough River from Confluence to Ohiopyle and on a couple of Somerset County streams, namely Stonycreek and Clear Shade Creek, said Fish and Boat Commission officer Pat Ferko.

» The delayed harvest portion of Meadow Run also has been giving up trout to fly anglers.

» Walleyes have been active at Keystone Lake in Armstrong County, with nightcrawlers taking the most fish.

» At Lake Wilhelm, bluegills and crappies remain active, with the bluegills hitting on jigs tipped with a maggot and the crappies taking minnows or soft plastic jigs. Bass anglers have been having success with crankbaits and jigs.

» Anglers tossing shiners have been having success getting lots of smallmouths on the Yough River, according to a report from Youghiogheny Canoe Outfitters in West Newton.

» At Conemaugh Dam, anglers have been picking up bass and northern pike in the 26-inch class, according to Jim Vatter, a conservation officer with the Fish and Boat Commission.

» At Loyalhanna Dam, anglers were taking a few largemouths on the lake. Below the dam, anglers have been taking sauger and walleyes, with some of the latter fish going close to 30 inches.

» Lake Somerset has started to give up some big channel cats, with fish in the 12-pound range seen this week. The hot baits have been livers and Berkley catfish baits.

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