Bass season underway

Bass season began in Pennsylvania on Saturday, and anglers are expected to be out in large numbers on the state’s most popular lakes and streams.

“Bass are one of the top two most popular sportfish targeted by anglers,” said state Fish and Boat Commission Executive Director John Arway. “And the commonwealth has plenty of fantastic spots for anglers, including Presque Isle Bay and Pymatuning Reservoir, which were recently ranked 28th and 71st, respectively, on BassMaster Magazine’s list of Top 100 Bass Lakes.”

The start of bass season also falls on Father’s Day weekend, and Arway expects this to have an impact on participation as well.

“I can’t think of a better way for grandfathers and fathers to spend their weekend than outside fishing with their sons, daughters and grandkids,” he said.

The commission reminds anglers that “catch and immediate release” no harvest regulations apply to smallmouth and largemouth bass on the lower sections of the Susquehanna River (below Sunbury) and Juniata River (below Port Royal) and into the rivers’ tributaries to points one-half river-mile upstream from the confluence. For more information about the smallmouth bass issue in the Susquehanna River, visit