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Southwest Pennsylvania Fishing Report – July 20th, 2012

Allegheny River

Nice catches of catfish were reported in recent weeks. The annual mayfly hatch near Point State Park prompted one angler to land a channel cat on a fly in the downtown area waters. Saugers up to 15 inches were reported.

Monongahela River

A nice channel cat was released on a chunk of chicken breast near the Pittsburgh Steelers’ practice barge on the Southside. Freshwater drum also were reported.
Lower Conemaugh River, and upper Kiskiminetas River (Westmore­land, Indiana, Cambria counties) — Smallmouth bass were reported, but many were sublegal-size. The lower Conemaugh was producing nice yields of sunfish.

Loyalhanna Lake (Westmoreland County) 

A 6-pound largemouth bass was released in recent weeks. Channel catfish up to 30-plus inches also were reported. Most channel cats were under 24 inches. An 18-pound tiger muskie was released in late June.

Crooked Creek Lake (Armstrong County)

Anglers were catching catfish in recent weeks, along with small bass, although one angler caught a 4-plus pound largemouth. Small crappies were reported, but the bite had slowed.

Glendale Lake (Cambria County)

Nice catches of bass were reported in recent weeks.

Beaverdam Reservoir (Cambria County)

A good bass bite was reported in recent weeks.

Wilmore Dam (Cambria County)

Anglers were still catching crappies in the evenings in late June.

Colver Reservoir (Cambria County)

Perch were reported in recent weeks.

Highpoint Lake (Somerset County)

Yields of bass, mostly largemouths, up to 5 and 7 pounds were reported in recent weeks, along with some perch, crappies, bluegills, and northern pike.

Youghiogheny River Lake (Fayette County)

The walleye bite slowed in late June, but bass and catfish were hitting. The outflow of the dam was slated for a trout stocking June 29. Cold-water releases from the dam keep the tailrace viable for trout fishing even in warm weather, although the extreme heat of early July made targeting trout inadvisable.

Casselman River (Pennsylvania, Maryland)

This Youghiogheny River tributary was producing nice catches of smallmouth bass from Boynton to Markleton.

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