Southwest Pennsylvania Fishing Report - October 12th, 2012
Allegheny River (Allegheny County)
Bass action improved at the end of September with buzzbaits, tubes and live baits all working. Lock and Dam No. 3 was yielding both channel and flathead catfish in recent weeks, as boating activity eases up.
Monongahela River (Allegheny County)
Smallmouth bass were hitting below the dams, with soft plastics, crankbaits and shiners productive, White bass also were reported.
Ohio River (Allegheny County)
Smallmouth bass were hitting in 5 to 10 feet in recent weeks.
Beaver River (Beaver County)
Twister tails and plastic swimbaits were taking hybrid striped bass near Townsend Dam in recent weeks.
Raccoon Lake (Beaver County)
Fishing was generally slow, but anglers were catching a few crappies on minnows near the dam.
Crooked Creek Reservoir (Armstrong County)
Panfish have been becoming more active in cooling water.
Allegheny River (Armstrong County)
Smallmouth bass up to 18 inches were reported on various baits from tube jigs to stickbaits. Flathead catfish were still biting. Walleyes also were reported, but sizes were running small.
Conemaugh River (Indiana, Westmoreland counties)
Large carp were hitting through the end of September, along with freshwater drum over 10-plus pounds. Smallmouth bass were becoming active on tubes and soft plastics.
Keystone Lake (Westmoreland County)
A 3-pound largemouth bass was reported at this 78-acre state Keystone State Park lake in recent weeks.
Loyalhanna Lake (Westmoreland County)
Two tiger muskies, 45 and 37 inches, were caught (and released) in the span of a week.
Loyalhanna Creek (Westmoreland County)
The Kingston Dam area was yielding smallmouth bass and rock bass in recent weeks.
Donegal Lake (Westmoreland County)
Channel catfish up to 30 inches and 18 pounds were reported in recent weeks, with chunks of hot dog fished off the bottom the best bet.
Bridgeport Dam (Westmoreland County)
Largemouth bass were hitting crawlers and minnows. Some bluegills and a few perch also were reported.
Upper, Lower Twin lakes (Westmoreland County)
Panfish and smallmouth bass were biting on live baits.
Green Lick Reservoir (Fayette, Westmoreland counties)
When low water levels were a problem for boaters, shore anglers turned out to fish in recent weeks. Although the walleye and crappies hadn’t turned on yet, nice catches of channel catfish were reported.
Virgin Run Dam (Fayette County)
Panfish were becoming active in recent weeks on this 33-acre impoundment.
Youghiogheny River Lake (Somerset County)
A few smallmouth bass were reported in late September.
Low water continued through the end of September, slowing fishing activity, with just a few smallmouth bass reported between Smithton and Sutersville. The tailrace has yielded crappies, catfish, smallmouth bass and rock bass.
Quemahoning Reservoir (Somerset County)
Some smallmouth bass and northern pike and a 24-inch walleye was reported in recent weeks.
Lake Somerset (Somerset County)
Channel catfish were the main catch amid light angling pressure in recent weeks.
High Point Lake (Somerset County)
Water will be drawn down soon as part of an ongoing effort to control vegetation at this mountaintop lake. In recent weeks, bass, northern pike, and a few perch and crappies were reported.
Laurel Hill Lake (Somerset County)
Largemouth bass were reported in recent weeks. Perch and bluegills were hitting on live baits.
Glendale Lake (Cambria County)
Anglers at this Prince Gallitzin State Park impoundment were catching bluegills, crappies and largemouth bass in recent weeks.