Pennsylvania Fishing Reports

Pennsylvania Outdoor News Fishing & Hunting Report – June 21, 2019

Note: The catch-and-immediate-release of bass season ended June 15. NORTHWEST REGION Lake Erie — FishErie.com reported June 7 that limits of walleyes were starting to come on trolling spoons and shallow-diving plugs in 20 to 45 feet. Lake trout were hitting on plugs off the mountain. Smallmouth bass were reported off Northeast Marina during calm conditions, with drop-shot rigs effective. …

Pennsylvania Outdoor News Fishing & Hunting Report – June 7, 2019

Anglers are reminded that bass are in the catch-and-immediate release season through June 14.  The Pennsylvania Fish & Boat Commission is offering a variety of free fishing and boating events in coming months. For more, visit www.fishandboat.com. NORTHWEST REGION Lake Erie — Smallmouth bass were reported in recent weeks. Lake trout were biting in anywhere from 65 to 112 feet…

Pennsylvania Outdoor News Fishing & Hunting Report – May 24, 2019

The Pennsylvania Fish & Boat Commission continued in-season trout stockings in recent weeks.   Fish for Free days are slated for May 26 and July 4, offering anglers an opportunity to fish statewide without a license.  The closed season on walleyes ended May 5.   Bass remain in catch-and-immediate-release mode until June 15.  For more, visit www.fishandboat.com. NORTHWEST REGION Lake…

Pennsylvania Outdoor News Fishing & Hunting Report – May 10, 2019

The Pennsylvania Fish & Boat Commission continued in-season trout stockings in recent weeks.  For a schedule, visit www.fishandboat.com.  Anglers are reminded that walleyes come back into season May 4, and bass are in catch-and-immediate-release season through June 14. NORTHWEST REGION Presque Isle Bay (Erie County) — Northern pike were hitting in Misery Bay, and perch were reported off the north…

Pennsylvania Outdoor News Fishing & Hunting Report – April 26, 2019

The Pennsylvania Fish & Boat Commission continued its in-season stocking of trout across the state in recent weeks.  For a schedule, visit www.fishandboat.com.   Anglers are reminded that the catch-and-immediate-release of bass is in effect from April 13 through June 14, and walleyes are out of season from now until May 4.  NORTHWEST REGION Presque Isle Bay (Erie County) —…

Pennsylvania Outdoor News Fishing & Hunting Report – April 12, 2019

Mild weather, with a little rainfall, brought out anglers for the opening day of trout season in the southeast region March 30.  The season opens for the rest of the state April 13. The Pennsylvania Fish & Boat Commission is stocking trout across the state. For a schedule, visit www.fishandboat.com.  Anglers are reminded that from April 15 through June 14,…

Pennsylvania Outdoor News Fishing & Hunting Report – March 29, 2019

Trout are being stocked statewide by the Fish & Boat Commission in anticipation of opening day, in the southeast March 30 and in the rest of state April 13.  NORTHEAST REGION Lake Erie tributaries  — FishErie.com reported March 17 that steelheading was productive on the west side creeks with jigs and egg sacks effective.  Presque Isle Bay (Erie County) —…

Pennsylvania Outdoor News Fishing & Hunting Report – March 15, 2019

Anglers are reminded that all stocked trout waters, except special regulation sections and those open to year-round fishing, are closed from March 1 until 8 a.m. on opening day of trout season, which is March 30 (regional) and April 13 (statewide).  For a stocking schedule, visit www.fishandboat.com.  Anglers are also reminded that walleye season is closed from March 15 to…

Pennsylvania Outdoor News Fishing & Hunting Report – March 1, 2019

Anglers are reminded that all Stocked Trout Waters (except special regulation stretches) will be closed to fishing from March 1 until opening day, which is March 30 in the southeastern counties and April 13 in the remainder of Pennsylvania.   For more, including a stocking schedule, visit the Pennsylvania Fish & Boat Commission at www.fishand boat.com.  NORTHWEST REGION Lake Erie…

Pennsylvania Outdoor News Fishing & Hunting Report – Feb. 15, 2019

The polar vortex at the end of January locked up rivers and hastened ice formation on lakes in much of Pennsylvania, only to be followed by unseasonably mild weather.  Anglers are urged to exercise extreme caution when venturing onto frozen surfaces. For ice-fishing safety tips, visit www.fishandboat.com.  NORTHWEST REGION Presque Isle Bay (Erie County) — As of Feb. 1, perch…

Pennsylvania Outdoor News Fishing & Hunting Report – Feb. 1, 2019

Unseasonable temperatures in much of the state delayed ice-fishing as of mid- January, when cold, snowy weather moved in. Some anglers were fishing from boats as conditions allowed.  Ice anglers are advised to exercise extreme caution. For ice-fishing safety tips, visit www.fishandboat.com  NORTHWEST REGION Presque Isle Bay (Erie County) — As of Jan. 18, FishErie reported that anglers were catching…

Pennsylvania Outdoor News Fishing & Hunting Report – Jan. 4, 2019

As of Dec. 20, a spate of mild temperatures and rainfall was melting ice on lakes in some parts of the state where hard water begun to form.  The Pennsylvania Fish & Boat Commission completed its winter trout stockings in early December. For a schedule, visit www.fishandboat.com  NORTHWEST REGION Presque Isle Bay (Erie County) — As of Dec. 17, skim…

Pennsylvania Outdoor News Fishing and Hunting Report – Dec. 21, 2018

Pennsylvania Fish & Boat Commission tout stockings were in progress at select fisheries in recent weeks.  For a schedule, visit www.fishandboat.com  NORTHWEST REGION Lake Erie — Lake trout were reported on spoons off the mountain when conditions allowed through early December. Anglers are advised that docks are out at Northeast Marina and Shades Beach.  Lake Erie tributaries — Steelhead and…

Pennsylvania Outdoor News Fishing Report – Nov. 9, 2018

Boaters are reminded that anyone in a kayak, canoe, or vessel less than 16 feet long on Pennsylvania waters is required to wear a personal flotation device from Nov. 1 to April 30. Fall trout stockings were conducted in recent weeks at select fisheries across the commonwealth.  For a schedule, visit www.fishandboat.com. Anglers fishing wild trout streams are reminded that…

Pennsylvania Outdoor News Fishing Report – Oct. 12, 2018

Anglers are reminded that fall trout stockings are underway on select fisheries across the state.  For a schedule, visit www.fishandboat.com  NORTHWEST REGION Lake Erie — This past summer’s hot walleye bite continued through late September with catches coming on crawler harnesses and spoons in melon, copper, and purple-black colors in various depths from 50 to 78 feet. Anglers were also…

Pennsylvania Outdoor News Fishing Report – Aug. 31, 2018

NORTHWEST REGION Lake Erie — Banner catches of walleyes continued in recent weeks. The walleye bite is still going on. Limits in mid-August were reported in 60 to 64 feet, although some anglers were doing well shallower and deeper. All manner of presentations were effective, including spoons, harnesses, crankbaits, and stickbaits, with bright colors working on sunny days and darker…

Pennsylvania Outdoor News Fishing Report – Aug. 3, 2018

NORTHWEST REGION Lake Erie — The walleye bite remained outstanding through mid-July in various depths to 40 feet or deeper. Stickbaits off mini boards and dipsy divers were effective, as were single- or double-bladed crawler harnesses. Some anglers were drift-fishing for walleyes. Some yellow perch were reported but the bite this summer has been disappointing overall. Kahle Lake (Clarion County)…