2019 Fishing Reports

April 10th NW PA Fishing Report

The bite is on! Recent upshot in daytime as well as nighttime temperatures has finally brought sustained warmth to area waters. Walleye, yellow perch, crappies, smallmouth bass, hybrid stripers, northern pike and trout are among the most active. Discover which area waters have the hot bite for your favorite species. Plus check out the highlights of recent Fish Commission biologist surveys on select NW waters. And get a crappie tip from professional angler Dave Lefebre. It’s all in this issue of NW PA Fishing Report.

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March 13th NW PA Fishing Report

As winter wanes, anglers anxiously look forward to the start of the open water season. In the meantime, ice fishing equipment is being cleaned and stored until next winter, while fresh Gamma Line is being spool on reels in anticipation of soon to be open water. It will not be long before ice-out crappies are biting in mud bays on inland lakes and spawning perch cover the shallow flats at Presque Isle Bay. Get ready!

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February 20th NW PA Fishing Report

It’s the February mix (or mess) in NW PA fishing scene: steelhead here and there, some walleye catches in flowing water, perch and crappies on the ice. With a warmer than normal winter splatted with streaks of extreme cold, ice fishing has been “iffy” all month but hardwater fanatics find places to fish. But some anglers are hoping a very warm weekend coming up will wipe out the ice so they can boats ready – they remember that’s what the Groundhog said. But I think loss of ice on lakes is premature, although creeks and rivers will likely open. Feels like the countdown to the First Day of Spring is picking up speed.

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January 30th NW PA Fishing Report

With severe cold temps moving into the region this past week, ice fishing season as arrived in NW PA. Most area lakes now have “safe” ice. Several major ice fishing tournaments will be held through February. The Allegheny River, French Creek and the Erie tributaries streams are frozen up. For now, ice fishing is the only game in town.

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