Fishing Report

Ohio Outdoor News Fishing Report — March 17, 2017

Central Region Buckeye Lake (Fairfield, Licking, Perry counties) – Anglers fishing near the north shore ramp have been catching saugeyes, but nothing of size to report. Expect the channel catfish bite to pick up with fish in the 4-pound range or better. Use cut shad for the best bite. Thornport, Lieb’s Island, and Fairfield Beach will all be good places…

New York Outdoor News Fishing Report — March 10, 2017

(Fishing update: It wasn’t a great hard-water season for the ice fishing fraternity, and it’s highly unlikely you’ll find safe ice anywhere in the state at this stage of the game – certainly, given the changing conditions March typically brings, we wouldn’t feel comfortable pointing you toward any hard-water possibilities. So we’re in that in-between season now, with small-game hunting…

Wisconsin Outdoor News Fishing Report — March 10, 2017

ASHLAND AREA Chequamegon Bay ice conditions are deteriorating rapidly; check with the local bait shops before going out. Angler’s All, (715) 682-5754. River Rock, (715) 682-3232. CUMBERLAND AREA Most shorelines and main lake ice was still holding up well last week. ATVs or walking continue to be safe means of travel, but with vehicles no longer recommended, fishing pressure has…

Ohio Outdoor News Fishing Report — March 3, 2017

Central Region Buckeye Lake (Fairfield, Licking, and Perry counties) – Expect the early spring crappie bite to turn on soon, particularly in the Thornport area. Fish for them six inches deep with 1⁄64- to 1⁄80-ounce jigs suspended under a bobber. Anglers might also try the north shore ramp, Fairfield Beach, or Seller’s Point for saugeyes. Some saugeyes have been caught…

New York Outdoor News Fishing Report — Feb. 24, 2017

Western New York (The regional fishing hotline can be heard at (716) 855-FISH.) Niagara Fishing Report: A great way gauge the fishing is to follow the results of area fishing contests. For example, the Niagara River Anglers Association held its annual Roger Tobey Memorial Steelhead Contest on the lower river and in Lake Ontario tributaries earlier this month during some…

Illinois Outdoor News Fishing Report — Feb. 24, 2017

The fishing and hunting report is compiled using reports from conservation officers, hunting guides and fishing guides. North Lake Michigan: The browns and cohos are starting to get active on the lakefront from the boats. Fish the warm-water discharges with jigs and twisters tipped with a piece of squid or crankbaits like a J-9 in chart/white or orange/gold. Trolling small…

Ohio Outdoor News Fishing Report — Feb. 17, 2017

Central Region Deer Creek Lake (Madison, Fayette, Pickaway counties) – Saugeye is about the only game in town for anglers on Deer Creek at this time of year. Most catches have been in the 14-19-inch range coming on twister tails and jig heads. Some are tipping the set with minnows. Experienced anglers on Deer Creek are targeting the dam area….

Pennsylvania Outdoor News Fishing Report — Feb. 17, 2017

The Pennsylvania Fish & Boat Commission has begun its seasonal trout stockings in streams and lakes across the commonwealth. For a schedule, visit www.fishandboat.com. Boaters are reminded that mandatory cold-weather life-jacket regulations remain in effect through April 30, requiring boaters to wear life jackets when in a vessels under 16 feet in length and in all canoes and kayaks. NORTHWEST…

Pennsylvania Outdoor News Fishing Report — Feb. 3, 2017

Wildly veering temperatures and rainfall wreaked havoc with ice, making many lakes unfishable in recent weeks, as hard surfaces deteriorated and water levels rose. Winter trout stockings have been performed on select fisheries around the state. For a schedule, visit www.fishandboat.com. Anglers are reminded that basic boating classes are now being scheduled around the state. For more, visit www.fishandboat.com NORTHWEST…

Ohio Outdoor News Fishing Report — Feb. 3, 2017

Editor’s note: Much of the state experienced milder than normal temperatures for the second week of January, resulting in most if not all of the state’s lakes opening back up to open water. This fishing report reflects those conditions, where temperatures in the 40s and 50s were the norm across the state. Central Region Buckeye Lake (Fairfield, Licking, Perry counties)…

Michigan Outdoor News Fishing Report — Feb. 3, 2017

Lake St. Clair Ice fishing on Lake St. Clair has come to an abrupt halt with rain and warm temperatures wreaking havoc on ice conditions. A few anglers were walking out at the Metropark and in Anchor Bay but that was ill-advised. Lakeside Fishing Shops, (586) 777-7003. Irish Hills Area Unseasonably warm temperatures and rain have deteriorated ice conditions across…