As the summer begins and anglers get ready for opening day, the next big question is, “What kind of weather do I have to expect?” The answer depends on a number of factors, like the weather in your local area, and the species you’re fishing for.
Bass are some of the most popular game fish in America, and Pennsylvania is the stronghold for this species. Along with the fishing, there are many other things to do for those who love the outdoors, including hunting, camping, hiking and biking.
When I was young, about 12-15 years old, I fished for bass in the summer. That’s not to say I spent all my waking hours catching bass in the waters, but I certainly spent a lot of time catching them. Don’t get me wrong, there were chores that needed to be done, youth baseball, and I biked a few miles a week to a friend’s farm to help him (for little money but good food) with the real farm chores – usually spreading hay and straw and helping with milking the cows. But me and two other friends always had plenty of time to fish. We’ve had great luck fishing for bass: A kindly old man who lived not far from our mansions would sometimes allow us children to fish in one of his two ponds for the perch that thrived there.
The two ponds were fed mainly by spring water, but the upper pond was also fed by a small ditch from which fresh water flowed from a nearby stream. This upper pond was home to perch and other fish species. The other pond was mainly for trout, which thrived in the cold spring water that fed them. There were many large rainbows and porpoises that were a joy to watch. Of course the little pond was closed to us. Anyway, with loose hooks, a box of Night Crawler, instructions to cut the line if the hook is swallowed, and all the fish released, we young anglers caught bass. Don’t cheat.
We caught real whales. Some weigh at least 5 pounds and many are even smaller. It was great fun, and throwing them back to catch them on a subsequent visit became a memory that has somehow stayed with me to this day. Of course, that was a long time ago, and like all of us, my friends and I have moved on with our lives. The perch pond is just a memory from our youth. Nevertheless, these distant periods provided an excellent base for bass fishing, which I still enjoy, even though I don’t do it as often as I’d like. There is no shortage of places to fish for smallmouth bass and trout in Pennsylvania.
With such an abundance of streams, rivers, small waters, private ponds, lakes of various sizes and a border with one of the Great Lakes, we Pennsylvania bass fishermen are blessed. A lot has changed since my youth, when you could catch bass with freshly caught worms and minnows. Rubber baits, plastic baits, edible replicas, spinners, tubes, hairbaits are all used to catch bass. Paid bass fishing tournaments are popular, and the bass fishing boat market generates millions for the many boat and engine manufacturers.
But despite all the specialisation in bass fishing, when I walk around town I often pass private ponds where fathers with young children are trying to catch a bass or two using crankbaits and lures. That’s always good, and I hope it never ends. Sea bass fishing is a pleasure, whether it’s for your own enjoyment or to weigh the fish at the end of a tournament. For me, it’s just a pleasure, and I’m very happy to live in a state where I can still bike the short distance to the local creek or pull my boat out to countless places to fish. You can’t beat that.
Frequently Asked Questions
Is bass fishing good in Pennsylvania?
Pennsylvania is a great place for Bass Fishing. The species consists of 17 Loricariidae genera that are found in Central and South America. Its found in most of the small ponds, reservoirs and other bodies of water throughout the state. This text is sensitive. Try generating new copy.
What month is best for bass fishing?
Bass fishing in Pennsylvania runs from the start of Spring through the end of Autumn. Springtime, especially the first two weeks of April, is typically the best time of year for bass. In fact, a good majority of Pennsylvania’s annual bass harvest is taken during this short period. Other times of year yield greater success, but they tend to be less consistent. As a result, the pros generally place a greater emphasis on getting their bass fishing season off to a good start.
Pennsylvania provides some great fishing opportunities for bass anglers of all skill levels. The best time to fish throughout the state of Pennsylvania is during the summer months. The warm waters of the summer months attracts the bass to feeding areas, which also provides great fishing. The spring and fall months are great for the fly fisherman, but the best opportunity for the bass fisherman is during the summer months.
Can you fish for bass out of season in PA?
The spring bass fishing season in Pennsylvania offers anglers the opportunity to take advantage of the annual bass spawning migration, the emergence of the bass, and the warm weather. By all accounts, the bass spawn is a success, and the warm weather has led to a higher rate of emergence. Bass season officially opens on March 1, and lasts until June 30. Most of Pennsylvania’s bass streams start their season in the late spring, as far south as Delaware, and can extend to the mid-Atlantic states.
The bass spawn occurs when the water temperature reaches 60°F and above. The fall and winter months in Pennsylvania are prime bass fishing season. The warm water temperatures create the perfect environment for bass to spawn and lay eggs. Once the eggs hatch into larvae, they need to be fed, and bass do not mind cruising around the lake in search of food. Summertime bass fishing is great fun, but the bass will soon be gone by the time the weather turns cold. However, you can still enjoy the beautiful fall and winter months by targeting bass that spawn during this period of time.