December 16th issue NW PA Fishing Report

Open water fishing opportunities are about to disappear quickly given the weather forecast for coming ten days. Likely by Christmas, only the Allegheny River, French Creek, Shenango River, inland trout streams and Lake Erie tributaries will have open water. (Lake Eire, too, but no one will be going out.) It is possible anglers will be...

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Nov 18th NW PA Fishing Report Copy

With recent cold snap, water temperatures in NW PA have finally dropped into the upper 40s. Fishing for certain species will pick up for several weeks (until temp hits about 40) if you take the cold. Jigging style presentations for smallmouth bass, crappies, yellow perch, and walleyes in lakes and rivers, as well as lake...

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Nov 18th NW PA Fishing Report

With recent cold snap, water temperatures in NW PA have finally dropped into the upper 40s. Fishing for certain species will pick up for several weeks (until temp hits about 40) if you take the cold. Jigging style presentations for smallmouth bass, crappies, yellow perch, and walleyes in lakes and rivers, as well as lake...

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October 14 NW PA Fishing Report

The anticipated fall bite in NW PA took a nose-dive on many inland waters as the calendar turned a page to October. Lakes, streams and rivers were too low; sudden drop in water temperature due to early severe cold snap; full moon; overharvest – pick your excuse or create a new one. It’s been tough...

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Test Sample Article

Spotlight on Jim Gronaw by Darl Black Bank-bound and still catches crappies Outdoor writer Jim Gronaw is a name I recognized for many years from his numerous articles in freshwater fishing publications. We finally met in person about eight years ago at a Crappie Camp media event held in northwestern Pennsylvania. The first thing I…

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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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