April 21 NW PA Fish Report

April is a time of weather extremes and those cold extremes can shut down shallow water springtime fish species. Fishing success can be impressive during warming trends, only to go into a downward spiral with the next cold front. Pymatuning Lake, Shenango Lake and Allegheny River have seen hot bites go up and down the...

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March 17 NW PA Fish Report

The ice is gone! We can fish open water! However, with a slightly early than normal ice out, it seems some of the expected ice-out bites are a little slow. I think by this weekend – First Day of Spring – or the latest early next week, angler should be experiencing better bites. Nonetheless, this...

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Feb 12 NW PA Fish Report

With less than six weeks until the first day of spring, Ice Fishing in NW PA is finally I full swing. And looking at the long-range forecast, it appears they will be ice fishing right through mid-March. Steelhead streams are frozen, and both the Allegheny River and French Creek are chunked up with ice. Ice...

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Jan 22 NW PA Fish Report

Mid-winter in NW Pennsylvania. Over last couple weeks, only a couple small lakes had sufficient ice for ice fishing activities. But with extended cold spell upon us, sometime in the next week the ice should be of sufficient thickness to support hardwater group fishing activities on more for lakes. However, the extended cold will freeze...

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Dec 14 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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Oct 21 issue of NW PA Fishing

Fall is in full swing. Leaves are falling from the trees, water temperature is dropping into the 50s and the fish are biting. The weather forecast calls for rain all next week, so we will even have steelhead moving up the Erie tributaries in good numbers. Get off the sofa and Go Fish before it...

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October 7th issue of NW PA Fishing Report

With the arrival of October to NW PA and a cool down on area waters, big fish are on the fall feed. Which means a Fall Frenzy Fishing for anglers, regardless which species interests you the most. Erie steelhead are stuck in low in the tributaries waiting on rain to bring the stream level up....

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August 19, 2020 NW PA Fishing Report

There was a time that August was referred to as the Dog Days of fishing because anglers struggled to catch anything other than catfish. But if you check out this issue of the NW PA Fishing Report, you will discover that anglers who work a little harder at this time of year will be rewarded….

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August 5, 2020 NW PA Fishing Report

With the arrival of late summer, most fish species are set up in patterns that will last for several weeks until the water temperature begins to very gradually cool off. It’s the time year you’ve got to fish a little harder because there is an abundance of prey for the predators. Early and late in…

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July 1, 2020 NW PA Fishing Report

Summer fishing patterns are in full swing as we go into the July 4th Holiday weekend. Stripers, walleyes, bass, catfish -it’s all happening. Check out which waters currently are providing the best opportunities for particular species. Don’t want to fish among the holiday weekend crowds? Check out the Gamma Tip page for suggestions on some...

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