Wednesday, February 1st, 2023
Wednesday, February 1st, 2023

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Southwest Region

Allegheny River – The water was on fire with crappies from the
Highland Park dam to Pine Creek, in late April. Nice smallmouths,
saugers, walleyes, and white bass are being released.

Ohio River – Dan Crane, of McKees Rocks, released several
walleyes and smallmouths, a sauger, a spotted bass, and a catfish
on a jig head and grubs and minnows in recent weeks. The mouth of
Big Sewickley Creek is yielding walleyes, saugers and smallmouth

Monongahela River – Mark Feldman, of Feldman’s Guide Service,
caught a 40-inch northern pike trolling a Rapala Tail Dancer near
Greensboro. Ken Bradley, of Greenfield, caught a 38-inch flathead
catfish on a shiner off the wall at Duck Hollow under the Homestead
Grays Bridge. Anglers also are releasing saugers, walleyes, and
smallmouth bass around Lock 4 in Charleroi and other spots.

Montour Run (Allegheny County) – Ryan Eckenrode, of Coraopolis,
caught a 271/2-inch, 9-pound 13-ounce rainbow trout with 171/2-inch
girth on a maggot during the Forest Grove Sportsman’s Association
annual derby in late April. James Swearing-son, of McKees Rocks,
landed a 191/2-inch, 31/2-pound brown trout with 12-inch girth on
an egg sac. Several anglers have reported good catches in this
heavily-stocked urban fishery in recent weeks.

North Park Lake (Allegheny County) – Good trout fishing was
reported in this small county-owned impoundment – one of the most
popular state-stocked trout fisheries in Pennsylvania.

Turtle Creek (Allegheny County) – Anglers were still doing well
on this marginal urban stocked trout stream after opening day.

Peters Creek (Allegheny County) – Mark Vasinko, of Greensburg,
released six trout around 13 inches in perfect conditions,
following a recent club stocking.

Canonsburg Reservoir (Washington County) – Branden Rohall leads
the April trout contest sponsored by Shad Lure Bait and Tackle, of
Elizabeth, with a 51/2-pound rainbow trout landed April 13.

Virgin Run Dam (Fayette County) – Craig Nemchik, of White Oak,
caught 62 brown and rainbow trout, including a 23- and a 26-
incher, on gray and white Mini Foo jigs tipped with maggots, one
day in recent weeks.

Youghiogheny River, Meadow Run (Fayette County) – The tailrace
of the river, the river at Ohiopyle, and the tributaries are
fishing well in good conditions. Blue quills, quill Gordons, small
blue-winged olives, and midges were hatching on the run in late
April, and Hendricksons were expected soon.

Youghiogheny Reservoir (Fayette County) – Northern pike,
walleyes and some smallmouth bass are being released. Anglers are
catching panfish. Most catches are in shallow water.

Upper and Lower Twin lakes (Westmoreland County) – Twin Lakes
Fishing Association was scheduled to stock both lakes in late April
for a tournament. Both lakes have received state in-season

Highpoint Reservoir (Somerset County) – Sublegal northern pike,
an occasional walleye and some panfish are reported, mostly in
shallow water.

Jones Mill Run/Laurel Hill Creek (Somerset County) – Both were
stocked recently and have been fishing well in good conditions in
recent weeks.

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