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Yough River, Westmoreland County, 8/21/10

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Fished the river on Saturday from 5 to 8 pm on a certain stretch between Dawson and Smithton. Weather was warm, humid and overcast -- perfect for smallmouth fishing. Water temped at 77 F. Caught about 12 fish ranging from 4 to 14 inches. All on top with chartrusse and white poppers. Most of the better fish were not caught in the main current but rather in splits near islands and grass beds. I would fish sections of the main river without a pass, then hit a certain stretch between islands for example and do well. Water clarity was very good. The best I've seen on the days I've been able to get out this year. Saw a ton of small bass... a good sign of things to come I hope. And the highlight of the trip... a muskie of about 40 inches with a fish -- looked like a sucker -- sideways in its muzzle. It swam about 8 feet from me. Startled the crap out of me. Very cool.

Posted on: 2010/8/22 21:42
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Re: Yough River, Westmoreland County, 8/21/10

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It is incredible the number of small bass that are around this year. I pulled into a huge back-eddy the other day and saw no less than 20 bass swimming around in there between 1 to four inches in a space no larger than a bath tub.

I'm going to need gps coordinates on the musky.

Glad to hear you had a good time.

Posted on: 2010/8/23 10:27


Re: Yough River, Westmoreland County, 8/21/10

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YoughRiverGuide wrote:

I'm going to need gps coordinates on the musky.


Can't give coordinates... but it was 500 yards up from the big, deep pool in the the river across from the big maple tree on the bank.

Posted on: 2010/8/23 10:57
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Re: Yough River, Westmoreland County, 8/21/10

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Sorry I missed fishing with you.

I was out for a couple hours Suday evening up closer to Confluence. Hooked and lost one bass on a popper and landed an 11 inch bass on a black zonker.

Posted on: 2010/8/23 13:38
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Re: Yough River, Westmoreland County, 8/21/10
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YoughRiverGuide wrote:

I'm going to need gps coordinates on the musky.


I would say follow the fingerlings....

I have seen musky lingering around the mouth of the Casselman out by the big boulder.

Posted on: 2010/8/23 13:43
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Re: Yough River, Westmoreland County, 8/21/10

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No muskie, but I caught two pike right below that boulder back in the day. I heard there are quite a few throughout Laurel Hill as well...

Posted on: 2010/8/23 16:08


Re: Yough River, Westmoreland County, 8/21/10
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Neat report. Although bassin has been rather poor for me this year, I too have seen just huge numbers of YOY bass just about everywhere I've been fishing.

Posted on: 2010/8/23 19:01






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