Fishing report: Panfish providing action at Acme Dam
• The panfish are biting at Acme Dam, with anglers enjoying reasonably low fishing pressure and plenty of action of late. The most popular catch is perch but fishermen are also reeling in crappies on artificial jigs. The best depth to troll for the crappie, according to reports, is in about 5 feet of water.
• Mammoth Lake is hitting for anglers who are fishing for trout. A recent fall stocking already occurred and the fishing pressure remains light, so visitors can expect to see some action.
• Loyahanna River is still yielding trout to anglers fishing its waters. Fishermen are doing well using live bait and stick baits. The hot spot appears to be above the 711 bridge.
• In Washington County, the Monongahela River is offering up good numbers of flathead catfish. Anglers are using live and cut bluegill and trout as bait and are seeing good resuls. Some fishermen are also reporting large walleye catches with the same baits. Shad and imitation shad are other promising options when it comes to bait for the walleye.
• In Allegheny County, the Monongahela is harboring a good deal of catfish to anglers trolling its waters. Some fishermen are having success with catching catfish using fresh shrimp as bait. Others are reporting a handful of walleye catches in the Monongahela around the city of Pittsburgh.
• Anglers at Cascade Quarry are enjoying the area’s recent trout stocking by reeling in a few of the fish while using rubber worms as bait. According to reports, white rubber worms and bright-colored pastebaits are providing the best results.
• The bass are still biting at Shenango Reservoir, with anglers finding plenty of white bass and hybrid striped bass. Fishermen are catching panfish, as well.
• At Quemahoning Reservoir, fishermen are catching their fill of northern pike, with a few of the catches measuring in at a hefty size. Anglers are also reeling in the occasional yellow perch.
• Cross Creek Lake is still one of the better fishing holes in the area. According to reports, anglers are catching crappie and largemouth bass in droves. The crappie are inhabiting the shallower spots in the lake and are nibbling at live bait, and the bass are being found throughout the lake’s waters.
Kevin Lohman is a freelance writer.