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…

Stocking of fish to drop amid DNR struggles

If all goes well, biologists and technicians will release between 11 million and 12 million fish into the state’s lakes and rivers this year – a significant decline from the 20.9 million stocked in 2016 and light years from the 79.5 million fish stocked 15 years ago in 2002.

Wisconsin Outdoor News Fishing Report — Feb. 24, 2017

ASHLAND AREA Call for an update on the ice before heading out. Anglers have been fishing the bay and catching a variety of fish, including splake, browns and tons of smelt by the lighthouse. Take an ice bar and check your way. There have been some nice lake trout and whitefish being caught on the Ashland side of the bay….

Minnesota Outdoor News Fishing Report — Feb. 24, 2017

Great Eight LAKE MILLE LACS         East – Anglers continue to catch more big walleyes than small fish on the edges and tops of the mud flats. Perch are being caught in most bays in less than 12 feet, but better numbers of jumbos continue to come from the deep basin areas in 30 feet or more. You’ll…

Steelie stocks shifting

Ohio Division of Wildlife has had to use its “Plan B” for the agency’s steelhead fisheries program in 2015 and 2016, and might again in 2017 if Michigan’s Little Manistee strain of steelhead trout remain uncooperative.

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 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…

Michigan Outdoor News Fishing Report — Feb. 17, 2017

Lake St. Clair Perch fishing has been pretty good on Lake St. Clair although ice conditions are questionable. Be sure to use a spud and check the ice as you go. Perch were hitting off 11 Mile Road in front of the library. There more rain and warm temperatures were in the forecast. Lakeside Fishing Shops, (586) 777-7003. Irish Hills…

Minnesota Outdoor News Fishing Report — Feb. 17, 2017

LAKE MILLE LACS East – Walleye action has been a bit more sporadic, but the number of big fish being caught remains strong. During the day, 25 feet or deeper has been best, and there has been some exceptional evening action in less than 12 feet. Look for perch in the bays over 10 to 15 feet, but pods of jumbos…