Pennsylvania Fishing Reports

Pennsylvania Outdoor News Fishing Report – May 11, 2018

Anglers are reminded that walleye season opened May 5, while catch-and-immediate-release of bass is in effect through June 15.  The Pennsylvania Fish & Boat Commission continued to perform in-season trout stockings in recent weeks. For a schedule, visit www.fishandboat.com.  Lake Erie, Presque Isle Bay, tributaries (Erie County) — Perch were hitting in the deeper waters of the bay in late…

Pennsylvania Outdoor News Fishing Report – April 27, 2018

The Pennsylvania Fish & Boat Commission is performing in-season stockings. For a schedule, visit www.fishandboat.com.  Boaters are reminded that they are required to wear a life jacket when in a boat up to 16 feet long and in all canoes and kayaks through April 30.  Walleyes are out of season through May 5, and bass regulations mandate catch-and-immediate-release through June…

Pennsylvania Outdoor News Fishing Report – March 2, 2018

Anglers are reminded that, with the exception of Keystone Select Trout Waters Program/Delayed Harvest Artificial Lures Only sections, stocked trout streams close to fishing on March 1. Some lakes are open to trout-fishing yearround. For more, visit www.fishandboat.com. The statewide opening day of trout season is slated for April 14, while the regional opening day in several southeastern counties is…

Pennsylvania Outdoor News Fishing Report – Feb. 16, 2018

While ice angling continued on some fisheries around the state, as of Feb. 1 veering temperatures, wind, rain and snow made many lakes unfishable, with large areas of open water or open water around the shorelines. Closer to this issue’s deadline, however, conditions stabilized. Anglers are advised to exercise extreme caution when venturing onto frozen surfaces. NORTHWEST REGION Lake Erie…

Pennsylvania Outdoor News Fishing Report – Feb. 2, 2018

Wildly veering weather wreaked havoc with fisheries, putting them through freeze-thaw cycles through mid-January, when near-record cold gave way to air temperatures near 50. Anglers are advised to exercise extreme caution when venturing onto frozen surfaces and to practice safety measures, such as those that can be found at www.fishandboat.com NORTHWEST REGION Presque Isle Bay (Erie County) —Poor Richard’s Bait…

Pennsylvania Outdoor News Fishing Report – Jan. 19, 2018

Near-record breaking cold with sub-zero wind-chill factors dominated Pennsylvania at the beginning of 2018, and 5-plus feet of snow blanketed Erie in late December. With severe weather advisories issued in many counties through at least Jan. 6, ice-fishing pressure varied among fisheries across the state. Ice anglers are advised to exercise extreme caution when venturing onto frozen surfaces. NORTHWEST REGION…

Pennsylvania Outdoor News Fishing Report – Dec. 22, 2017

Rifle deer season in early December made for scant fishing activity throughout the state. In anticipation of ice fishing season, trout stockings by the Pennsylvania Fish & Boat Commission were slated for recent weeks at a limited number of fisheries across the state. For a schedule, visit www.fishandboat.com. Boaters are reminded that now until April 30, anyone on a boat…

Pennsylvania Outdoor News Fishing Report – Nov. 24, 2017

The mandatory cold weather life jacket regulation is now in effect through April 30, requiring boaters in canoes, kayak, paddleboards, and all watercraft less than 16 feet long to wear a PFD. For more, visit www.fishandboat.com. Anglers are advised that, with native brook trout now spawning, they should tread carefully when fishing wild trout streams to avoid disturbing redds (nests)….

Pennsylvania Outdoor News Fishing Report – Oct. 27, 2017

Fall trout stockings continued this month, although some were postponed during spates of unseasonably warm weather. For a schedule, visit www.fishandboat.com. Anglers are urged to take extra care on wild trout streams to avoid disturbing brook and brown trout redds. Boaters are reminded that the mandatory cold weather PFD requirement takes effect Nov. 1 and continues through April 30. Boaters…

Pennsylvania Outdoor News Fishing Report – Oct. 13, 2017

Anglers are urged to exercise care when wading streams containing wild brown and native brook trout because they have begun their annual spawning ritual. Anglers should avoid stepping on redds (nests) or stressing spawning trout by fishing over them. Streams and lakes are being stocked at this time of year. For a schedule, visit www.fishandboat.com NORTHEAST REGION Lake Erie — The…