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New to the Pittsburgh area and looking for fellow bassmen...

I shore and tube fish now but would definatley throw in for gas and such on a boat trip. But also just looking for tips, advice, best places to go local and far etc... Have been to lake arthur and keystone as well as the rivers obviously. Especially would like to find places that i or my wife and i can camp and fish. Thanks

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And yes I see the that I was a victim of autocorrect in this post heading... Gotta love technology

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i know quite a bit of good creeks and rivers to fish where you'll get into nice fish. i'll message you on here

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I'm in the area. By far the best fishing all year is Lake Erie, but that's a 2-hour drive. If you're looking to get out on a boat, there's a great boat rental there called Port Erie Sports. They rent 14' aluminums w/ 9.9s for about $100 a day. Larger boats as well, but that's the best choice econimically speaking. Gotta be careful on the main lake, and even Presque Isle Bay kicks up, but it's doable in that 14'. You can also shore fish PIB most of the year and find some bass, I've caught plenty of 3#+ LM and SM from shore, there are many spots to hit. The North Pier is probably your best bet now, especially for deeper waterThere are plenty of camp grounds in the area, I can PM you some sites if you like. I personally stay in cabins and hotels for multi-day trips. Just got back from a week stay in the general area.

Closer to Pittsburgh - I'm still searching for "great" bass fishing. The 3 rivers can definitely offer some nice days in the spring and fall for smallies, but average fish is about 12" for me. Rarely break 2 1/4 pounds - but I'm typically shore fishing and pretty limited. I have had a few nicer bass and read a few times about a few trophies in sping. I typically fish the Allegheny north of the city. And it sounds like the further north you go, the better the fishing can be - less people, boats, bigger smallies getting about 1 hour north. Used to fish the Mon on the South Side 10-15 years ago and had some great days - 30+ smallies a day from shore. But access is limited now to my former spots thanks to development along 2nd Ave.

Some other options to consider (I've never had a great day on Lake Arthur): Cross Creek Lake about 1 hour away (boat rentals nearby), Conneaught and Edinboro Lakes, Sugar Lake is tiny but I've caught some nice bass there - need a boat I think.

Honestly, anywhere but the rivers and creeks I don't bother with if I don't have a boat. I'm sure there are some smaller community lakes that can yield a lot of fishing on a good day from shore, but I don't have much experience. North Park for example.

Lake Arthur I read a lot about, people wade and fish at night. I've shore fished it at night a few times. Lots of stripers or wipers, not many LM for me.

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upper allegheny is packed with great SM. im talking around Tidiuote. 2.5/3 hrs from PGH. I'd say anywhere above east brady on the allgheney would be decent smallie fishing. Lake Arthur (which i've never personally fished for bass) has a lot from what i hear from other guys. I would fish it if i had a boat, i got a canoe but on a windy day your done on that lake. Big Catfish in there plus muskys and some SM.

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Send me a pm let me know where you live, I am around the PIT Airport.

Mike

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