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PA Allegheny River, Hemlock Road - Fishing

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Lat: 41.842968
Lng: -79.015388

Marker owner: dnorris

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Marker Description: Allegheny River might be the best winter trout stream in the state and certainly one of the best in the eastern U.S., depending on your viewpoint.

For 8.75 miles from the outflow of the Allegheny Reservoir downstream to the confluence of Conewango Creek is a Miscellaneous Special Regulations area. From 8 a.m. on the opening day of the regular trout season through Labor Day, the minimum size for trout is 14 inches and the daily limit is two (combined species). From Sept. 2 until 8 a.m. of the opening day of the trout season of the following year, no trout may be killed or kept in possession. These regulations, and the food-rich river, have produced a superb trophy trout fishery.

Trout in the Allegheny River are about evenly mixed between browns and rainbows with the odd brook trout now and then. Either browns or rainbows sometimes exceed 10 pounds. Although you cannot expect as many hits during February as during spring or fall, this is an excellent time to find the bigger trout. Bring a camera to prove your prowess because all fish must be released.

Water discharging from the lower gates of the dam moderate the stream temperature and keep it a few degrees warmer. Perhaps "less cold" is a better description. As a result, the river does not freeze. Only during the most severe and prolonged frigid spells does shore ice become a problem, although rocks above the water line can be icy.

Some of the biggest trout are caught in the turbulent discharge from the dam. Other hotspots are along Dixon Island, the first large island about three fourths of a mile below the dam, and just above the upriver bridge at Warren. Riffles around the islands hold most of the trout, but the deep pools often give up the biggest trout.

The river can usually be floated from the Big Bend Recreation Area off state Route 59 to Point Park in Warren. Route 59 follows the river from U.S. Route 6 at Warren to the dam, providing access at several other places, although it is separated from the river by a steep, high bank. Check river conditions first, though, and do not attempt it in extremely cold weather. Phone (814) 726-0164 for water conditions and a fishing report.

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