South West

Southwest Ohio Fishing Report – March 11th, 2016e

Paint Creek Lake (Highland County) — The campground area of Paint Creek Lake is giving up good numbers of crappies, according to angler reports. Successful anglers are suspending minnows by a bobber in five to eight feet of water. Black and chartreuse jigs tipped with a minnow are also working well. The absolute best bite, however, is coming on chartreuse jigs…

Southwest Pennsylvania Fishing Report – March 11th, 2016

Glendale Lake (Cambria County) — A 43-inch muskellunge was taken through the ice on a sucker in late February.  Other anglers were catching yellow perch, northern pike and some larger chain pickerel. Lake Rowena (Cambria County) — Trout were reported in recent weeks. Duman Lake (Cambria County) — Trout and large pickerel were reported at this 21-acre impoundment in recent…

Southwest Ohio Fishing Report – February 26th, 2016e

‚ÄčKiser Lake (Champaign County) – Before the weekend warm-up the last weekend in January, Kiser Lake was giving up good numbers of panfish through five to six inches of ice. All bets are off now, though, as temperatures in the 50s likely deteriorated much of the good ice. In case the ice comes back on, the successful setup has been a jig and minnow combination, jigged…

Southwest Pennsylvania Fishing Report – February 26th, 2016

North Park Lake (Allegheny County) — Shore anglers caught numbers of trout before frigid weather changed conditions around Feb. 9.  Laurel Hill Creek (Somerset County) — Anglers were catching trout on minnows before the stream iced over earlier this month. Youghiogheny River (Somerset County) —The tailrace was yielding numbers of trout as conditions allowed in early February. Keystone, Indian, Twin…

Southwest Ohio Fishing Report – February 12th, 2016

Kiser Lake (Champaign County) — Before the weekend warm up the last weekend in January, Kiser Lake was giving up good numbers of panfish through five to six inches of ice. All bets are off now, though, as temperatures in the 50s likely deteriorated much of the good ice. In case the ice comes back on, the successful setup has been a jig and minnow combination,…

Southwest Pennsylvania Fishing Report – February 12th, 2016

Brady’s Run Lake (Beaver County) — Ice anglers were catching trout on paste bait. Panfish, mostly small bluegills, were biting on jigs tipped with waxworms. Highpoint Lake (Somerset County) — Ice anglers caught northern pike, chain pickerel, largemouth bass, and yellow perch on this mountaintop fishery through late January.  Quemahoning Reservoir (Somerset County) — Northern pike were hitting smelt during…

Southwest Pennsylvania Fishing Report – January 29th, 2016

Allegheny River (Allegheny County) — Frigid weather in mid-January put the kibosh on fishing, although flow was normal. Monongahela River (Washington, Greene counties) — White bass were reported at the Point Marion lock chamber during the spate of mild weather that ended in mid-January. A good walleye bite also was reported at various locks and dams. Trout anglers reported success…

Southwest Ohio Fishing Report – January 15th, 2016

Grand Lake St. Marys (Mercer and Auglaize counties) – Successful anglers are catching bluegills and crappies with some regularity. The popular setup has been the tried and true jig and minnow or just a minnow on a hook. Also try waxworms under a bobber. Most of the crappies have been running larger, in the 9½- to 11-inch range. Bluegills are similarly large for this lake. The key,…

Southwest Ohio Fishing Report – January 1st, 2016

Great Miami River (Miami, Montgomery, and Warren counties) – Smallmouth bass fishing can be excellent as the water cools and river conditions remain clear and stable. Look for areas with water deeper than four feet around bridge pilings, submerged logs, and undercut banks. Try drifting a live nightcrawler or minnow fished under a bobber. Plastic crayfish or crankbaits in crawdad patterns are also effective.  Rocky Fork Lake…

Southwest Pennsylvania Fishing Report – January 1st, 2016

Monongahela River/Ten Mile Creek (Greene, Washington counties) — Walleyes and saugers were hitting near the locks and dams as of Dec. 16. Gizzard shad were reportedly swarming in Ten Mile Creek, a Mon River tributary, and muskies were feeding between Ten Mile Park and the confluence with the Mon River. Stonycreek River (Somerset County) — Trout up to 17 inches…

Southwest Ohio Fishing Report – December 18th, 2015

Great Miami River (Miami, Montgomery, and Warren counties) – Smallmouth bass fishing can be excellent as the water cools and river conditions remain clear and stable. Look for areas with water deeper than four feet around bridge pilings, submerged logs, and undercut banks. Try drifting a live nightcrawler or minnow fished under a bobber. Plastic crayfish or crankbaits in crawdad patterns are also effective. Rocky Fork Lake…

Southwest Pennsylvania Fishing Report – December 18th, 2015

Ohio, Beaver rivers — Nice-sized walleyes were reported in recent weeks, particularly below the New Brighton and Montgomery dams, with shiners productive for many anglers.  Glendale Lake (Cambria County) — Yellow perch were reported in recent weeks at this 1,635-acre impoundment in Prince Gallitzin State Park. Colver Reservoir (Cambria County) — Nice bluegills were reported in recent weeks. Lake Rowena,…

Southwest Ohio Fishing Report – December 4th, 2015

East Fork (Clermont County) – Crappies are being caught by anglers using waxworms, tube jigs, or medium- to large-sized minnows tipped on white or chartreuse jigs. Look for good crappie fishing off points and back into the cove areas, as well as up and into Poplar and Clover creeks. Bluegills are hitting on waxworms and red worms. Keep the bait under a bobber around…

Southwest Pennsylvania Fishing Report – December 4th, 2015

Allegheny River (Allegheny County) — Anglers were catching walleyes in the Harmar pool in recent weeks, but sizes were generally small to average. Monongahela River — Walleyes, largemouth bass, and hybrid striped bass were reported near the locks and dams in recent weeks. Muskies also were reported around heavy cover in three to five feet of water. Twin Lakes (Westmoreland…

Southwest Ohio Fishing Report – November 20th, 2015

East Fork (Clermont County) – Crappies are being caught by anglers using waxworms, tube jigs, or medium- to large-sized minnows tipped on chartreuse jigs. Channel catfish are being caught by anglers fishing tight line at night using nightcrawlers, large minnows, or chicken liver as bait. Bluegills are hitting on waxworms or red worms. Keep the bait under a bobber and…

Southwest Pennsylvania Fishing Report – November 20th, 2015

Raccoon Lake (Beaver County) — Nice catches of trout were reported on minnows and pastebaits. Monongahela River (Greene, Washington counties) — Largemouth bass, white bass and hybrid striped bass were feeding at the locks and dams in recent weeks, and walleyes were hitting larger jigs and small live bait in the same areas. Muskies were reported near heavy cover in…

Southwest Ohio Fishing Report – November 6th, 2015

Rocky Fork Lake (Highland County) – Saugeyes are being taken near the islands and along main lake points. Try trolling silver-colored crankbaits where the lure occasionally bumps the bottom. Largemouth bass can be found along rocky shorelines and near fallen trees. Cast jigs, rubber worms, and crankbaits for bass.  Great Miami River (Miami, Montgomery, and Warren counties) – Smallmouth bass fishing is excellent as the water cools…

Southwest Pennsylvania Fishing Report – November 6th, 2015

Raccoon Lake (Beaver County) — Anglers were catching recently stocked trout through late October, with minnows, pastebaits, and pink salmon eggs under bobbers productive.  Ohio River — Nice-size channel catfish were reported around Bridgewater. Monongahela River (Greene, Washington counties) — Scented baits were taking catfish in the eddies and pools near tributaries in recent weeks. Anglers were catching bass on…

Southwest Ohio Fishing Report – October 23rd, 2015

Grand Lake St. Marys (Mercer County) – For channel catfish, use chicken livers and nightcrawlers fished on the bottom for best results. For crappies, it is a little early but shoreline cover offers the best locations to catch them. Use minnows beneath a bobber fished at depths of three to six feet. For bluegills, use red worms and waxworms. Indian Wildlife Area Ponds (Brown County) – This…

Southwest Pennsylvania Fishing Report – October 23rd, 2015

Glendale Lake (Cambria County) — Bass and pickerel were reported by anglers casting and trolling spinners and spinnerbaits. Wilmore Dam (Cambria County) — Anglers casting and trolling spinners and spinnerbaits were catching bass and the occasional crappie in recent weeks. Colver Reservoir (Cambria County) — Nice-size yellow perch and bluegills were reported in recent weeks. Hinkston Run Reservoir. (Cambria County)…

Southwest Ohio Fishing Report – October 9th, 2015

Acton Lake (Preble County) – Channel catfish are biting on creek chubs or nightcrawlers fished along the bottom or between eight to 19 feet deep during the late evening or early morning hours. Bluegills are being caught by anglers using waxworms or nightcrawlers. Bluegill fishing is bountiful along the banks. Saugeyes are active in this lake and are currently being caught by anglers using nightcrawlers, bass minnows, or jigs. Fish the bait…

Southwest Pennsylvania Fishing Report – October 9th, 2015

Deer Lakes (Allegheny County) — Some anglers were catching panfish, but bluegills were running small.  Allegheny River — Catfish were hitting at night around Harmar and Cheswick. One angler lost two sizeable muskies on large shiners just before dark in late September. Conemaugh River Lake (Westmoreland, Indiana counties) — Nice catches of yellow perch and carp were reported around the Livermore and Altmans Run access areas. NorthCENTRAL Region Cowanesque Reservoir (Tioga County) — Water was…

Southwest Ohio Fishing Report – September 25th, 2015

Grand Lake St. Marys (12,680 acres; Auglaize and Mercer counties) – Crappie fishing is heating up. Anglers report success in brushy structure just off the bottom. Popular bait at the moment is a triple-tip grub, motor oil color, tipped with a waxworm. Acton Lake (590 acres; Butler and Preble counties) – Channel catfish are biting on creek chubs or nightcrawlers fished along the bottom or between eight and 19 feet deep during the…

Southwest Pennsylvania Fishing Report – September 25th, 2015

Monongahela River (Greene, Washington counties) — Catfish action was heating up in the late evening hours at most tributaries along the river as of Sept. 9. Largemouth bass were reported near locks and dams and other structures. Some anglers were catching muskies in the early morning and late afternoon to dusk hours, either trolling or casting from shore.  Ohio, Beaver…