August 2, 2008

Fishing Report

Keystone Lake in Armstrong County gave up a 44-inch musky this week and a 35-inch musky last week, according to Pam Warr of Keystone Bait and Tackle in Shelocta. A few nice bass and walleyes have also shown up, too.

An angler fishing Blue Spruce Lake in Indiana County this past week reeled in a 7-pound, 2-ounce largemouth bass.

The fishing has generally been pretty good at Lake Arthur, too, said Ron Anderson of Appalachian Trails in Prospect. Anglers drifting nightcrawlers have brought in walleyes up to 27 1/2 inches long, and another drifting minnows caught a crappie that weighed in excess of 2 pounds. Bass have been providing lots of action, too, though no large fish have been caught.

Fishermen using soft plastic baits on the Yough River between Whitsett and Cedar Creek were getting lots of smallmouth bass, some up to 16 inches, and white bass early this week.

At Lake Erie, anglers fishing in 62 to 64 feet of water north and northwest of Walnut Creek have been getting good numbers of perch.

Bass and panfish have been providing lots of action in Presque Isle Bay.

Nightcrawlers fished below Kingston Dam on Loyalhanna Creek have been the key to picking up rock bass and a few trout, said Rich Kacsuta of Loyalhanna Fishing Post in Ligonier. An angler tossing a silver spinner also caught and released a 3-pound brown trout in Loyalhanna's delayed harvest section.

Topwater lures have been the bait for catching smallmouth bass in the Ohio River, said Wayne Lykens of Island Firearms of Neville Island. A few average walleyes and catfish are also being caught.

At Conneaut Lake, the United Way Bass Tournament held last Friday resulted in 156 largemouth and smallmouth bass being caught. The largest fish weighed 3.9 pounds. Northern pike have been hitting, too, along with bluegills and bowfins.

Ken Schoemer of Elizabeth is poised to win the catfish contest at Shadlure Bait and Tackle in West Elizabeth with a 29- pound flathead. Anglers fishing the river with fatheads and shiners have also been getting smallmouth bass and the occasional walleye and sauger.

At Upper and Lower Twin Lakes, anglers have been getting largemouth bass on minnows, shiners and nightcrawlers, said Martha Martino of Jimmy's Sports Shop in South Greensburg.

The walleye fishing has slowed at Lake Wilhelm, but good- sized largemouth bass have been providing some action. The musky fishing has been decent, too.

Dave Slima of New Brighton was fishing the Beaver River below New Brighton Dam with a jig tipped with a bluegill-colored tail when he caught a 41-pound flathead catfish, according to Bob Bernhardy of Shooter's Place in Bridgewater.

Brady's Run Lake has been giving up a few largemouth bass for those using rubber worms.

At Yough Dam, high water has slowed the fishing, but anglers using hard baits have caught a few walleyes, bass and panfish, said Scott Gates of S&S Bait and Tackle in Chalk Hill.

The Yough River at the outflow below the dam has been giving up trout to those using nightcrawlers.

Originally published by The Tribune-Review.

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