Good walleye fishing attracts southwest anglers – Southwest Region Report
Some of the best walleye fishing in years was reported in mid-May.
Anglers caught smallmouth bass, freshwater drum and hybrid striped bass in the higher water levels brought on by rainfall in mid-May.
North Park Lake (Allegheny County)
This recently restored impoundment was yielding nice catches of trout through mid-May.
Yellow Creek Lake (Indiana County)
A few walleyes were reported near the South Boat Launch and the spillway. Catfish were being released all over the lake, with a 20-pounder reported in recent weeks. A 36-inch muskie was reported last week. A few nice bass and northern pike continue to be reported. The crappie fishing has been hit or miss.
Lower Conemaugh River (Indiana County)
Big bluegills were hitting in recent weeks.
Keystone Lake (Armstrong County)
A few walleyes and some nice bass were hitting through mid-May. Reefer’s Cove was producing a few muskies. Nice-size crappies were reported.
Allegheny River (Armstrong County)
Greg Hess, of Sarver, landed a 42-inch, 18-plus pound muskie on a crawler at midnight on May 6 in Freeport above a lock. High water levels made for tough fishing for walleye anglers in mid-May.
Crooked Creek Lake (Armstrong County)
Walleyes were hitting in the outflow in recent weeks.
Glendale Lake (Cambria County)
Pickerel and bluegills were reported in recent weeks.
Wilmore Dam (Cambria County)
Nice catches of crappies were reported in recent weeks.
Colver Reservoir (Cambria County)
Perch were reported in recent weeks.
Lake Rowena, Duman Dam (Cambria County)
Trout anglers were making nice catches in recent weeks.
Jacobs Creek (Fayette County)
The good trout bite continued through mid-May.
Green Lick Dam (Fayette County)
Action picked up on this 101-acre dam, with bluegills and crappies hitting jigs tipped with wax worms, maggots or minnows or small crawlers. Numbers of largemouth bass were hitting on a variety of artificials. No walleyes were reported.
Youghiogheny River (Fayette County)
The tailrace was slated for a May 24 trout stocking, in anticipation of the Memorial Day weekend.
Donegal Lake, Twin Lakes No. 1 and No. 2 (Westmoreland County) — Anglers continued to catch trout, with daybreak and dusk the best times to fish.
Mammoth Lake (Westmoreland County)
Trout were active on spinners in recent weeks. Crappies were hitting on live minnows.
Loyalhanna Creek (Westmoreland County)
Trout activity slowed in rising water temperatures, although nice numbers and sizes were reported in this stocked creek. One rainbow landed May 4 was almost 25 inches.
High Point Lake (Somerset County)
Largemouth bass and a few smallmouths, northern pike, chain pickerel and crappies were reported in recent weeks.