Fishing report: Cross Creek Lake offering plenty of bass, crappie
• Anglers fishing Cross Creek Lake are reeling in solid amounts of largemouth bass and crappie. Fishermen are doing well using live minnows and soft plastics to catch crappie that are measuring in at about 15 inches in length. Since the water temperature is cooling down, it would be a good idea to troll in the shallow areas for the crappie, specifically.
• Canonsburg Lake received a trout stocking in the last week as anglers ramp up for trout fishing season. Due to recent storms, the water will not be very clear and as a result, scented baits and live baits will provide the best results.
• In the coming days, anglers visiting Keystone Lake should anticipate seeing plenty of action as it has just received its stocking of trout. Large amounts of brook trout and rainbow trout are swimming the lake’s waters.
• Mammoth Lake is another location that has recently received a stocking, this one being brown trout only.
• In Beaver County, the Ohio River is offering up flathead catfish to fishermen. While the fluctuating water levels are making catches a little more challenging, some anglers are reporting catfish catches that are weighing in over 30 pounds.
• The colder the weather gets, the more the catfish bite is heating up at Lake Arthur. Anglers are doing well with channel catfish using chicken livers as bait. In addition to the catfish, fishermen are picking up walleye around the Route 422 roadbed that is underwater.
• Tionesta Lake is offering up plenty of muskellunge catches to anglers trolling along the shoreline near the dam, and near the Lackey Flats Camping Area.
• The Allegheny River in Clarion County is harboring smallmouth bass, with anglers catching them throughout the river’s run. Fishermen are also doing well with walleye and the occasional northern pike in the area of the river that stretches from Parker to Emlenton. The mouths of the Clarion River and Redbank Creek are spots to check out for any angler that is in search of muskellunge, as well.
• Redbank Creek is providing fishermen with opportunities to catch trout and smallmouth bass, with a hot spot for both fish being the dam in New Bethlehem. According to reports, smallmouth bass and walleye are swimming the waters from below the dam, downstream to the creek’s confluence with the Allegheny River.
• Anglers are finding a variety of fish at Piney Dam and the Upper Clarion River, including smallmouth bass, walleye and yellow perch. The trio of fish are being spotted mostly from the Toby Bridge up to Blyson Run, and fishermen are also snagging the occasional trout at the mouth of Blyson Run.
• Lower Clarion River is hosting smallmouth bass and walleye, with anglers finding success all throughout the river. According to reports, some anglers are catching trout at the mouth of Beaver Creek.
Kevin Lohman is a freelance writer.