South West

Good walleye fishing attracts southwest anglers – Southwest Region Report

Monongahela River Some of the best walleye fishing in years was reported in mid-May. Ohio River 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…

Leeches and crawlers starting to produce more walleyes – Southwest Report

MANKATO AREA Crappies and sunfish continue to be found shallow on Lake Washington, German Lake, and Jefferson Lake. Minnows, leeches, and Rapalas are producing walleyes on Washington in eight to 12 feet. On the Blue Earth and Minnesota rivers, catfish and walleyes are being caught in the deeper holes. The southeast corner of Lake Hanska is worth noting for walleyes…

Walleye fishing slows down on Lake Erie waters – Southwest Region

C. J. Brown Reservoir (Clark County) Walleye fishing continues to improve and anglers can still catch white bass, too. Early morning boat anglers fishing jigs tipped with a nightcrawler over the midlake humps and in the north end of the lake should begin to catch some nice walleyes. Remember, there is a 15-inch minimum size limit and daily bag of…

Recent rain (and snow) brought stream levels up – Southwest Report

Allegheny River (Allegheny County) Releases of nice-size smallmouth bass were reported. The water below Lock No. 3 yielded a 20-pound-plus flathead catfish and a 45-inch muskie, both of which were released. Little Conemaugh River, Howell’s Run, Chest Creek, Duman Dam, Lake Rowena (Cambria County) — Limits of trout were reported in recent weeks. Wilmore Dam, Glendale Lake (Cambria County) Nice…

Crappie, perch, walleyes all biting around Ohio – Southwest Region Report

East Fork Lake (Clermont County) Crappies can be caught using live minnows or jigs with plastic bodies. Anglers should concentrate on fishing in the shallow areas near stickups and brush piles. Anglers can also try following the wood lines back into the tributary creeks such as Poplar, Clover, Flat and Barns creeks. For spotted and largemouth bass, try using spinner…

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…

Unusual warm, dry weather leaves streams low – Southwest Region

Buffalo Creek (Armstrong County) Anglers were catching trout on Sucker Spawn, Glo-Bugs, Woolly Buggers, Hare’s Ear Nymphs and Trout Magnets in the delayed-harvest, artificial-lures-only section. Allegheny River (Armstrong County) Small walleyes and smallmouth bass were released at the locks and dams and mouths of tributaries. Green Lick Dam (Fayette County) Shore and boat anglers caught decent numbers of crappies around…

Warm, dry weather may cause low trout waters – Southwest Report

Keystone Lake (Armstrong County) Crappies and muskies were reported in early March amid light angling pressure. Brady’s Run Lake, Raccoon Lake (Beaver County) Limits of trout were reported on pastebaits and inline spinners in mid-March. Yellow Creek Lake (Indiana County) Warmer weather spurred boating and fishing. Categories: South West

Anglers make a quick transition from ice to open-water fishing – Southwest Report

FAIRMONT AREA The ice has been gone for more than a week in this area and although anglers have started fishing open water, success has been limited to a few crappies, perch, and bullheads. These shoreline bite should improve as the water continues to warm. Hall Lake Cabins Bait & Tackle                            (507) 235-5225 MANKATO AREA The lakes completely opened last…

Walleye season over; trout season is set to begin – Southwest Report

Duman Dam, Lake Rowena (Cambria County) These early season stocked lakes were producing limits of trout in the mild weather of early March. Glendale Lake (Cambria County) Yields of northern pike and panfish were reported in recent weeks, and water at this 1,625-acre impoundment at Prince Gallitzin State Park was at full pool. Twin Lakes (Westmoreland County) Trout catches were…