Trout-fishing conditions ideal, but water levels low – Southwest Region Report
Ohio River (Allegheny County)
The water below Neville Island back channel was producing nice releases of walleyes and smallmouth bass, with the morning hours productive. Anglers were catching catfish, including flatheads up to 20 pounds, on live bluegills, and carp, with some catches reported in the main channel at the Emsworth lock and off the Kilbuck access area, in recent weeks.
Flaugherty Run (Allegheny County)
Jeffrey Abbott, of Coraopolis, caught a 21½-inch rainbow trout on a live minnow opening day.
Crooked Creek Lake (Armstrong County)
The lake was yielding crappies, but few were keepers.
Loyalhanna Lake (Westmoreland County)
A 32-inch channel catfish was reported in mid-April, along with a few nice-size largemouth bass.
Lower Burrell Lake (Armstrong County)
Numbers of crappies were reported, but most were under 8 inches.
Allegheny River (Armstrong County)
Several walleyes were released in recent weeks.
Conemaugh River Lake (Armstrong County)
Nice numbers of sunfish were reported in recent weeks.
Colver Reservoir (Cambria County)
Nice catches of perch were reported.
Wilmore Dam (Cambria County)
Crappies were hit or miss in recent weeks.
Glendale Lake (Cambria County)
A decent crappie bite was reported in recent weeks. Try jigs and minnows.
Chest, Black Creek (Cambria County)
Rainbow and golden rainbow trout up to 22 inches were reported opening day.
Mill Creek (Westmoreland County)
Large golden rainbow trout up to 23 inches were reported opening day.
Laurel Hill Creek (Somerset County)
Tiffany Sherrick of Harrisburg caught a 19-inch brook trout in mid-April.