Hunting & Fishing


District Fishing Report: 5.22.15

Sunday is the first of two free fishing days in the state. Adult residents and non-residents can fish without a license on state waterways.

1 day ago


 This smallmouth bass with a malignant tumor was caught by an angler in the Susquehanna River.

New research into puzzling smallmouth mortality on Susquehanna River

Two independent laboratory tests confirmed that a bulbous lump on the lip of an smallmouth bass was a cancerous tumor.

6 days ago


Wildlife: Summer reading for nature lovers

A hot sun, beach chair and a book. It doesn’t get much better. Consider these new or nearly new titles.

6 days ago


 Brothers Logan Karavlan, 7, and Ronan Karavlan, 5, of McCandless caught this 13-inch rainbow trout at North Park Lake on April 11, Mentored Youth Trout Day.

Outdoors Notebook: Fishing license fees drop, sales increase

The state Fish and Boat Commission’s big gamble paid off, but it’s unclear what the cards hold for the agency’s future.

6 days ago


District Fishing Report: 5.15.15

A roundup of what’s biting on regional waterways.

1 week ago


 On his first fishing trip April 28, Bentley Poorman, 2, of North Strabane caught a 12-inch rainbow trout with an assist from his dad, Adam Poorman.

Outdoors notebook: Winter mortality low for Pa. deer, not so elsewhere

Harsh winter’s impact on white-tailed deer has led wildlife management in several northern states to consider deep cuts in hunting permits.

1 week ago


 Pennsylvania has more turkey hunters than any other state. Josh Joswiak of West Deer took his spring gobbler May 2 in Fawn.

State study explores maximizing the turkey harvest

Regulating the fall hunt impacts population

1 week ago


District Fishing Report: 5.8.15

A roundup of what’s biting on regional waterways.

2 weeks ago


 Research into stocked trout residency led to changes in management practices. Above, Jacob Currie, 13, of Plum caught this 14-inch brown trout at Bull Creek in Allegheny County.

Some trout travel after pre-season stocking

After pre-season stocking, many trout travel to better waters.

2 weeks ago


 By Gianna Zickgraf, 8, of Fair Oaks -- On Sun., April 19, my best friend Frank took me fishing under the bridge at Big Sewickley Creek in Economy. I started with my Dora the Explorer rod but decided to try my spincast rod and corn rather than worms. As I threw it in I got a bite. Frank told me to lift up my rod so I did — then I saw the rainbow trout. I thought it was just a stick but it was a trout. I pulled it in and it was flopping on the ground. Then Frank cut the hook out of Flippy’s mouth (that’s what I named him). Flippy was bleeding. Frank threw him back in the water with some string in his mouth and tied it to a rock. Then I got two more trout. I named them Ariel and Flounder. I gave the trout to my Nunnie and Nannu for them to eat.

Outdoors notebook: Air gun use up amid ammo shortage

Pennsylvania bans the use of air-powered guns for hunting, but their use in legal target shooting is increasing.

2 weeks ago


District Fishing Report: 5.1.15

A roundup of what’s biting on regional waterways.

3 weeks ago


District Fishing Report: 4.23.15

A roundup of what’s biting on regional waterways.

4 weeks ago



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