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REGION COUNTIES -- Bradford, Carbon, Columbia, Lackawanna, Luzerne, Monroe, Pike, Sullivan, Susquehanna, Wayne, Wyoming (County Guide)


June 21, 2017
The Pennsylvania Fish & Boat Commission is providing a free Family Fishing Festival on Sunday, June 25 from 1p.m. to 5p.m. at Frances Slocum State Park in Luzerne County.  Preregistration is required!  For more information and to preregister please visit:
Wyoming, Northern Columbia and Luzerne Counties
Bass fishing has been steady at Harveys Lake with most of the Smallmouth Bass action near dropoffs, rock piles and weed edges.  Boating traffic has been very light most days and even on the weekends meaning more space and peace for fishermen.  
Panfishing at Lake Winola has been hit and miss with most action centered around boathouses and weed and lily pad edges.  Fish the shallows between 3 and 6 feet deep with a bobber or try a popper cast from a fly rod.  Trout fishing in most area creeks has been slowing as water temperatures have been rising but getting out early or late in the day will increase your success.  Watch for incoming weather and fish during times when changes are in the air.  
The Susquehanna River has been running high and is expected to keep rising as water falling in New York State continues to make its way into the Commonwealth.  Watch for the water to begin to fall after the crest on the 22nd at around 6.6 feet in Wilkes Barre.  When this happens the water should start to clear with just the right level of stain to bring on the bite for b​ass and walleye.  Until then fish the slack waters at night for big cats.  Make sure you get out the scent to bring them in through the murky waters.
Monroe County
Private community lake small boating action was definitely on the rise this past weekend. People forget that the water is still extremely cold despite the sunny weather and warm air. There are many boats check with children under 13 years old not wearing and just no life jackets on board. Please take a minute to make sure that you have a USCG approved life jacket on board for each person.
June 14, 2017
Eastern Bradford County
Walleye, smallmouth bass, rock bass and channel cats are active.  Chicken liver at night is working for the catfish.
Northern Wayne County
Trout are still abundant in most trout streams.  Fly fishermen are doing well early in the morning and later in the afternoon.  Crappie and bluegill are hitting small jigs and worms at Prompton Dam.  Large pickerel are being taken at Long Pond on large crank baits.
Northern Susquehanna County
Walleye and smallmouth bass are active on the Susquehanna River near Great Bend.
Southern Wayne County and Pike County
The recent warming of water temperatures have crappie, sunfish and pickerel cooperating nicely with anglers.

Reports compiled by Allan Schreffler (, Regional Education Specialist, using information provided by Waterways Conservation Officers, Area Fisheries Managers and other PFBC staff.