Sept 22 NW PA Fishing Report

The official arrival of fall in NW Pennsylvania actually coincides nicely with initial cooling of area waters. The cooling temperatures launches improved fish feeding activity for most species. As the water temperature drops out of the 70s and falls through the 60s and 50s to the mid-40s over the 2-1/2 months, some of the best...

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August 17 issue of NW PA Fishing Report

It’s been a hot, dry summer in NW PA. The bite during the latter part of summer has been tough for most anglers, although there have been some shining moments. Lake Erie offshore fishing for walleye has been a banner year; many charter boats were filling boat limits in just a couple hours. The smallmouth...

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Late Summer Hot Bites in NW PA

Dog Days and Hot Bites by Darl Black    “They ain’t biting ‘cause it’s the Dog Days of Summer” is an old excuse that really does not hold water – especially if your fishing destination is northwestern Pennsylvania.   The folks at Pennsylvania’s Great Lake Region (PGLR) track the best summer bites throughout their area....

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July 15, 2002 NW PA Fishing Report

Summer fishing is in full swing. Summer means a shift to deeper water for some species. A little more work may be required to locate and entice fish to bite. But there is still plenty of opportunities in NW Pennsylvania during the summer, including offshore trolling on Lake Erie for walleyes, river and stream fishing...

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June 22, 2002 NW PA Fishing Report

Summer has arrived, and with it more heat. However, there is still some good shallow water action on inland lakes for perhaps another week or so. Also, scattered walleye schools are recovering from the big blow on Erie this past weekend, and anglers should locate them quickly. Still, lots of catching coming up for summer...

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June 8, 2002 NW PA Fishing Report

Weather this week in NW PA is most pleasant – not too hot, not too cold, not too windy. And many desired species are still in shallow water on inland lakes. It’s the perfect time to go fishing! On Lake Erie, local ‘eyes are moving to deeper water; western basin fish have not yet arrived....

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May 25 issue of NW PA Fishing Report

I’ve cannot recall the day-to-day temperature change as dramatically during May. No spring showers. Instead, intense rain and wind storms Water temperature in lakes and rivers have been on yo-yo string. Much disruption for bedding bass; hopefully all is not lost. Although it looks like warm temperatures for the Memorial Day weekend, the risks of...

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May 11 issue of NW PA Fishing Report

Fishing for the widest variety of fish in relatively shallow water doesn’t get any better in northwest Pennsylvania than the month of May. Currently there is action aplenty on smallmouth bass, largemouth bass, northern pike, muskellunge, crappies, yellow perch, stream trout, inland walleye, Erie shoreline walleye and white bass. Any day, hybrid stripers will kick...

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April 27, 2022 NW PA Fishing Report

There is warmer weather about, but it doesn’t want to stick around. Three days of 80 degrees now followed by snow flurries tomorrow. That’s the up and down spring we’ve been enjoying. Fortunately, the fish are eating during those warmer days and just before a new cold front hit. Check out the Fishing Report for...

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April 13 issue NW PA Fishing Report

It’s been a wet, windy, cold start to spring. But it looks the weather will be improving some over the next week. Plenty of opportunities to fish in NW PA including crappie, walleye (Pymatuning only), yellow perch and inland trout. Musky, bluegill and bass about to kick in. And due to the prolonged cold, steelhead...

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