Pennsylvania Fishing Reports

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…

Pennsylvania Outdoor News Fishing Report – January 6th, 2017

The following reports reflect open-water angling. Frigid weather had just moved into the state as the reports were being compiled and most lakes had only skim ice. In anticipation of hard-water angling, anglers are advised to exercise extreme caution when venturing onto frozen surfaces. For additional information, visit www.fishandboat.com This same site also includes the Pennsylvania Fish & Boat Commission’s…

Pennsylvania Outdoor News Fishing Report – December 16th, 2016

The Pennsylvania Fish & Boat Commission is performing winter trout stockings at select fisheries across the state. For a schedule, visit www.fishandboat.com. Boaters are reminded that they are required to wear life jackets when in vessels of 16 feet or less and in all canoes and kayaks from now through April. NORTHWEST REGION Presque Isle Bay (Erie County) —Reports on…

Pennsylvania Outdoor News Fishing Report – November 18th, 2016

Trout stockings continued this month at select waters across the state. For a schedule, visit www.fishandboat.com Anglers fishing streams with natural reproduction of brown and brook trout are urged to avoid disturbing spawning beds. Boaters are reminded that from Nov. 1 through April 30, they are required to wear life jackets in vessels less than 16 feet in length and…

Pennsylvania Outdoor News Fishing Report – September 23rd, 2016

Pennsylvania Fish & Boat Commission fall trout stockings soon will get underway at select fisheries statewide. For a schedule, visit www.fishand boat.com NORTHWEST REGION Lake Erie (Erie County) — Lake water was still very warm as of Sept. 10, and tributaries were low and clear. A few pre-dawn anglers were catching the occasional steelhead at the lake shore, and walleye…

Pennsylvania Outdoor News Fishing Report – July 29th, 2016

Boaters are reminded that operators of personal watercraft, regardless of age, need to have a boating safety education certificate in their possession, and that those boaters born after Jan. 1, 1982, must possess a boating safety education certificate to operate a boat with a motor greater than 25 horsepower. A complete list of boating regulation can be found at http://fishandboat.com/bookboat.htm…

Pennsylvania Outdoor News Fishing Report – July 1, 2016

The year’s second Fish for Free Day is slated for July 4. The event allows folks to fish without having to purchase a Pennsylvania Fish & Boat Commission license, and is directed, in particular, to prospective new anglers. The commission also is sponsoring fishing festivals around the state this summer that include instructional opportunities for newcomers to the sport. For…

South Central Pennsylvania Fishing Report – June 3rd, 2016

Little Juniata River (Huntingdon County) — As of May 21, TCO Fly Shop reported great color and heavy sulphur hatches in 50-degree water temperatures. Nymphing was consistent during daytime hours. The surface bite was typically in the evening. Besides sulphurs (14-16), blue-winged olives (18-22), tan caddis (14-16) and midges (20-24) were hatching. Susquehanna River — Koinonia Guide Service reported May…

Northeast Pennsylvania Fishing Report – June 3rd, 2016

Susquehanna River (Luzerne, Columbia counties) — Rainfall caused high, muddy conditions in mid-May and made for light angling pressure and few reports on smallmouth bass and walleyes. The confluences with creeks offered a little clearer water.   Lake Wallenpaupack (Pike County) — Striped bass and brown trout were hitting mid-May for anglers slow-trolling live bait in deep water.  Belmont Lake…

Southwest Pennsylvania Fishing Report – June 3rd, 2016

Allegheny River (Allegheny County) — Walleyes were reported around the mouth of Deer Creek, although many fish were sub-legal. Soft plastics and live bait were productive. Deer Creek (Allegheny County) —Numbers of trout were released on a variety of presentations, from live bait to artificials, in recent weeks.  Lake Wilma (Greene County) — Trout were reported on spinners and garlic-scented…