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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December 15th issue of the NW PA Fishing Report

The weather remains unusually mild for mid-December in NW PA. Water is chilled, but no sign of ice, and very little rain or snow in forecast. Lots of steelhead in the Erie tributaries, but the flow is low and clear making strikes few and far between for most. Perch catches are decent in Presque Isle...

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October 15 issue of NW PA Fishing Report

It feels like fall in Northwest PA, and the fish know it. So far in October, it has been an absolute awesome smallmouth bite on the Allegheny River, French Creek, Shenango Lake/Shenango River and other inland lakes. Up Lake Erie way, steelhead are staged at creek mouths and slightly upstream waiting on a good rainfall...

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June 3 NW PA Fishing Report

It’s more like mid-July than the first of June here in NW PA. Could be a rough summer on anglers and on fish if we don’t get a cool down and some rain. On the plus side, walleyes are feeding up at Pymatuning and bluegills are on beds. Some nice stripers came from Shenango during...

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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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April 6 NW PA Fishing Report

Spring is finally breaking through in NW PA. Everything is happening…early spring walleye bite in full swing at Pymatuning, crappies and perch hitting in the shallows of many lakes, smallmouth bass and largemouth bass are putting on the feedbag on inland lakes, muskies are on the prowl as they prepare for spawning, and stocked trout...

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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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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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