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#2117895 - Fri Feb 04 2011 03:40 PM Yough River Fishing
Lanco_Fisherman Offline
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Registered: Mon Apr 23 2007
Posts: 483
Loc: lancaster county, pa
I was just wondering where along the yough river i could fish between smithton and Ohiopyle in the winter. I need a spot that i can do some good bank fishing. Im out at college with no good boots and my friends dont have any either. So I need a good spot that we can just stand on the side and be somewhat productive. Any help is much apprieciated. Thanks
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#2118072 - Fri Feb 04 2011 05:46 PM Re: Yough River Fishing [Re: Lanco_Fisherman]
308Havoc Offline
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Registered: Sun Oct 26 2008
Posts: 1334
Loc: Fayette PA / Wash. D.C.
haha. you picked a very large section of river.

you can pretty much fish the entire river from end to end from the bank.

i grew up 100 yards from the yough, pulled numerous 5-10 lbs trout out of it and i personally wouldnt waste my time fishing it in the winter for trout. not saying you wont catch any, but.....eehh!
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#2119219 - Sat Feb 05 2011 02:35 PM Re: Yough River Fishing [Re: 308Havoc]
Lanco_Fisherman Offline
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Registered: Mon Apr 23 2007
Posts: 483
Loc: lancaster county, pa
haha yeah im out at school at cal u of pa. Im from lancaster so im not really familiar with area. I picked such a large section of river because its all with in an hour from me. I just have a need to fish haha.
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#2120278 - Sun Feb 06 2011 10:47 AM Re: Yough River Fishing [Re: Lanco_Fisherman]
greenhead Offline
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Registered: Sun Jul 03 2005
Posts: 531
Loc: SWPA
You can start in Smithon which starts stocking in March. They sell buttons to raise money for the stockings which aren't mandatory to fish but appreciated. They have a website check it out. They dump a lot and some nice fish. Above Ohiopyle is difficult but can be very rewarding with some large fish. The Yough confluence stocks this week and it can be a very productive area. Check it out and good luck !
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#2121836 - Mon Feb 07 2011 02:21 PM Re: Yough River Fishing [Re: greenhead]
beck_trt Offline
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Registered: Fri Dec 14 2007
Posts: 1775
Loc: Washington County, PA
Take a drive to Ohiopyle and start walking. There are plenty of trout in every stretch of the river and most areas can be fished from shore!
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#2122929 - Tue Feb 08 2011 09:08 AM Re: Yough River Fishing [Re: beck_trt]
PaTrophyHunter Offline
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Registered: Sat Aug 07 2004
Posts: 892
Loc: Armstrong County
I fished the yough for the first time last year sometime towards the end of June or early July. I got some good info from fellow fisherman here and was able to find some good fishing. A couple buddies and me parked at Ramcat and biked back in a few miles. We waited for a day that the river was flowing on the low end and it was still very difficult to wade. Personally, I wouldn't go near that river in the winter time or when the levels were anything but on the low end, unless I was drift fishing I guess. I did find that the deep runs hold some very nice fish. I had a blast fishing the river and I am planning on returning again this summer.
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#2125149 - Wed Feb 09 2011 12:51 PM Re: Yough River Fishing [Re: PaTrophyHunter]
trappingscout Offline
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Registered: Wed Dec 17 2008
Posts: 13
Loc: wpa
There is a spot about 100yds down from the Smithton Bridge. I think they call it Smithton Beach. The local club used to stock it there. If they still do, there are probably a couple holdovers. It's a big hole just below a huge submerged rock only 6 or 8ft off the bank. On the other end you can park at Ramcat bike trail parking lot. It's about a mile or so below confluence bridge. The road across from the campground will take you right to it. You can walk the bike trail down and go over the bank at a bunch of different places. Some of the spots even have steps built down to them. Lots of big browns in this section. It's slow fishing this time of year, but you usually have the whole river to yourself.


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#2125720 - Wed Feb 09 2011 06:37 PM Re: Yough River Fishing [Re: trappingscout]
flyway Offline
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Registered: Fri Dec 15 2006
Posts: 904
Loc: PA
First mile below the dam is easy to wade at flows of 700 or less from the dam. The best fishing is furthur downstream but February is not a good time to scout it. Pa USGS

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