Local anglers have enjoyed some fine fishing in recent days, though sometimes not of the kind expected.
Take the case of Henri Claudon of Allison Park.
He’s a self-described “musky hunter” who was fishing the Allegheny River in the Harmarville area “on a hunch I had because of the weather.” He was fishing with an artificial bait.
He caught not a musky, but a 40-inch paddlefish. He didn’t get its weight, but it stretched more than 40 inches, he said.
Henri Claudon with his paddlefish.
His is the second paddlefish to turn up in the last week or so. An angler named Matthew Wolfe was fishing for flatheads with cutbait on the Monongahela when he accidentally caught a paddlefish, too.
Matthew Wolfe and his Monongahela River paddlefish.
A couple of other anglers did well on bass.
Ray Chu of Export was fishing Donegal Lake on Saturday, opening day of bass season across the state. He was on shore, tossing a nightcrawler.
The result was a 20 ¾-inch, 5-pound, 6-ounce largemouth.
This largemouth bass came from Donegal Lake, caught by Ray Chu of Export.
At Yough Dam, meanwhile, Tony Luciow of Herminie was fishing a 1/16-ounce jig tipped with a medium-sized minnow when he caught a smallmouth bass that went 18 inches and weighed about 3.5 pounds. He released it to be caught again.
This is a look at Tony Luciow’s Yough Dam smallmouth bass.