August 25 NW PA Fishing Report

Late summer has turned into an unseasonable heat wave. Stormy weather has upset the walleye fishing on Erie in the short run, but it should come back in a few days. Only a few anglers feel like going out on the water during mid-day. The only species that seem to be digging this weather are...

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August 11, 2021 NW PA Fishing Report

Dog Days of Summer are limiting success for many anglers. It’s a time to choose carefully where you decide to fish and what you decide to go after. Check out this issue of NW PA Fishing Report for some guidance on where the fish are being caught. "Download Report"

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July 28 NW PA Fishing Report

The Lake Erie walleye bite is exceptionally good right now with lots of eating-size fish; this should continue through August. Inland bodies of water are receding except for a couple flood control impoundments. In addition to the Erie walleye bite, the hottest inland lake this summer is Shenango Lake – still high with only one...

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June 30 NW PA Fish Report

Summer is here and fish are transitioning to summer foraging areas. Depending on the species you desire, that are a variety of angling options. Some of the hot bites right now are offshore walleye on Lake Erie, smallmouth bass in Lake Erie, smallmouth bite in rivers/creeks, walleye at Pymatuning, crappies at Shenango Lake and catfish...

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June 16 NW PA Fish Report

Summer officially arrives this weekend. Too often inexperienced anglers think the good fishing is over with arrival of summer. Not so. Many gamefish and panfish species are still feeding relatively shallow in NW PA, with anglers still making remarkable catches. And don’t give up when real summer heat forces many species deeper – just follow...

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May 5 NW PA Fish Report

Unseasonable spring weather continues. As a result, fishing success continues its roller coaster ride. There are some very good bites happening right now – including smallmouth bass in Presque Isle Bay and Lake Erie and hybrid stripers at Shenango Lake. But crappies are up and down from day to day. Walleye bite at Pymatuning in...

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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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April 7 NW PA Fish Report

The spring bite is full on in NW PA. It’s been a roller coaster ride with the weather the last couple weeks, but hopefully the last of the snow is behind us, and water temperatures can climb upward. Just about every species is active at this point so there is something biting to interest everyone...

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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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