May issue of NW PA Fishing Report 5-13-24

It continues to be a wet, stormy, overcast spring for the most part with only scattered days of warmth and sun. Normal fishing patterns have been upset somewhat this spring, but hopefully going into the second week of May, the weather and water conditions will normalize somewhat. Right now the hot bites are crappies, smallmouth...

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April issue of NW PA Fishing Report 4-12-24

It’s been a wild ride here in NW PA for the last six weeks with wide swings in the weather. At times, fishing has been very good for this early in the year, but then a dramatic change occurs with either sudden major drop in temperature or heavy, prolonged rainfall that floods area stream, lakes...

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Feb 16th issue of NW PA Fishing Report

Another record-setting winter for overall warm temperatures in NW PA. Ice cover came on late as result of a short extreme cold snap in early January. But safe ice lasted only about one week. The result of the late January thaw flushed the steelhead creeks, opened the Allegheny and melted all ice on lakes. Anglers...

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May 3 NW PA Fishing Report

From premature summer-like temperature the start of April that rocketed water temperatures upward to an unusually cold, wet, cloudy extended low by the end of April that caused a dramatic drop in water temperatures, this miserable weather has kept many anglers in dry quarters. Yet those who ventured out found some exciting fishing success from...

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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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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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March 23 issue NW PA Fishing Report

The ice is all gone! Crappies, perch and bluegills are biting in the shallows. Pymatuning walleyes are up next. The early river smallmouth is on. Some aggressive steelheads still in tributaries. All is good. Go Fish! "Download Report"

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Jan 26 issue NW PA Fishing Report

Serious winter weather has arrived in NW Pennsylvania. For the ice addicts who have been biting their fingernails waiting for hardwater – it’s here! Allegheny River, French Creek, Erie tributaries are locked up with ice and pretty much out of play until a winter thaw. There is fishable ice on some section of practically every...

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Dec 21 issue NW PA Fishing Report

Across NW PA, fishing has slowed down – except for action in the steelhead streams. Strong agreement that this is one of the best returns of steelhead in some years. If winter weather does hit too hard, tributaries should remain open for several more weeks. On inland rivers and lakes, fewer anglers are out right...

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Nov 24 issue NW PA Fishing Report

The great fall bite is on the downslide in NW PA as water temperatures dip into the mid-40s. Many species slow down once water temp reaches about 40 degrees. Still a variety of opportunities for several species this Holiday weekend. Check out the special Thanksgiving Fishing Forecast in this issue. "Download Report"

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