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Fishing Forecast and Other News from the PA Fish & Boat Commission

Fishing Forecast

Recent nights in the 40s and 50s this week across much of Pennsylvania have cooled river and stream water temperatures. Except for the western and northcentral counties where drought watch conditions are in effect, normal flows and dropping water temperatures will turn on the bite! Lake water temperatures react more slowly to changes in air temperatures, and summer conditions and fish locations will hold for now. Best bets are river and streams for Smallmouth Bass on crankbaits, surface lures, and paddle tail grubs. Channel and Flathead Catfish bite on live Bluegills, large shiners, and cut bait after dark should continue to be strong. Wild and holdover trout fishing will pick up in larger streams and small rivers where water temperatures are at or below 65 degrees F.