Thursday, October 27, 2016

Canonsburg Lake

Canonsburg Lake is providing anglers with trout and panfish on a regular basis. A number of baits are working, but scented baits are reported to work the best. Fishermen also report catching bass on plastic lures. At night, the channel catfish have been coming out at the lake, with a few weighing 10-plus pounds.

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Allegheny River

Anglers fishing the Allegheny River in Clarion County are reporting active populations of walleye, smallmouth bass and musky. The walleye and smallmouth bass generally are swimming around the mouth of the Clarion River and near the Parker Islands. Fishermen are finding the musky near the mouth of Redbank Creek, as well as the mouth of the Clarion River.

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Labyrinth Canyon

Stripers are where you find them. Deep schools were reported in the back of Rock Creek from 60-90 feet. They were caught on silver spoons, both plain and hammered varieties. These fish were still below the oxygen depletion zone.
There are shallower striper schools roaming and looking for shad. This week it seemed that my graph showed no fish traces for extended periods of time and then would light up with fish traces in isolated locations.  Surprisingly, one of the best spots was near Lone Rock in Wahweap Bay. This spot has not been great all year and then the fish suddenly appear.  We will see how long they stay before moving on.
Other good locations were in Labyrinth Canyon about 3 turns in from the main channel.  Padre Canyon and Kane Creek were much less productive this week than last. Trolling near Neskahi Canyon in the San Juan was another bright spot for big stripers. There are still stripers roaming in the shallow water on the Great Bend.

Thursday, October 06, 2016

Ohio River

The Ohio River in Western Allegheny County is giving up walleye and smallmouth bass, with minnows and swimbaits generating the best results as bait. Catfish also also being caught with dough bait and nightcrawlers.

Monday, October 03, 2016

Gobies very bad

 Native to the Black and Caspian Sea regions, came to the Great Lakes in ship ballast water. First found here in the St. Clair River in 1990, quickly spread throughout Great Lakes. (Saginaw Bay has lots of them, and they’re found in the Shiawassee and Flint rivers, among others.)
Gobies can grow to seven inches and more, but most are smaller. They scarf up eggs and young of native fish, hog prime habitat, spawn several times per season, and live in poor quality water and well as clearer smallmouth spots. They even prey heavily on zebra mussels, invasives that arrived a few years before them,
Besides smallmouth bass, biologists say, gobies provide food for nearshore Great Lakes species such as walleyes, yellow perch and brown trout, plus deepwater lake trout.

Thursday, September 29, 2016

Cold water fishing

Many species of fish, including walleyes, crappies, sunfish, perch and bass gather into larger schools in the fall. Even muskies and big pike may be concentrated into areas with the most food or the best forage options.
This means there will be a few spots in the lakes that have a lot of fish, while many other spots in the lakes may have almost no fish. If you are not catching fish if the fall, there is a good chance you are fishing in the wrong spots.