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

April 26, 2017
Upcoming Programs
The Pennsylvania Fish & Boat Commission is providing a FREE Fly Fishing Introduction Program on Saturday, May 20 from 9a.m. to 1p.m. at Lackawanna State Park.  Preregistration is required!  For more information and to preregister please visit:
Beltzville State Park will be hosting a Basic Boating Course on May 22nd and May 24th. The course will be held from 6:00 pm to 10:00 pm each night. There is no charge for the course. All participants must pre-register and must attend both sessions. A Boating Safety Education Certificate is required of all operators of personal watercraft (PWCs) or anyone born on or after January 1, 1982 who operate a motorboat of more than 25 horsepower. Persons interested in attending the course should call Beltzville State Park at 610-377-0045. Please remember that class space is limited and fill quickly.
Reminders and Legal Notices
Those interested in assisting the Commission with our trout stocking program need to check our website for dates, times and meeting locations.  Also, remember to dress for the weather.  Wear sturdy footwear and only do what you feel is safe for you to do while at a stocking.  Helping stock is great way to have fun and give back to the resource.
The trout stocking list is organized by county and can be found at:
Remember: From November 1st through April 30th there is mandatory wear for life jackets from on boats less than 16 feet in length and all canoes and kayaks. Wearing your life jacket is the best way to prevent a boating fatality and we recommend you wear one all year, not just during the mandatory wear period.
Carbon County 
Anglers fishing the Stocked Trout waters in the district on the Regular Opening Day of Trout reported success catching trout using a variety of lures, minnow, night crawler including soft baits.  In – season trout stockings are now underway and have recently occurred on the Aquashicola Creek, Buckwa Creek (Monroe County), Princess Run (Monroe County), Nesquehoning Creek, Mauch Chunk Creek and the Lehigh Canal. Mauch Chunk Creek was also recently stocked by the local Sportsmen’s Club during the weekend.  A number of anglers are still reporting seeing or catching trout left over from the pre-season trout stockings on some of the other Stocked Trout waters in the district. 
Anglers fishing the Lehigh River near the rafting launch at the Carbon County parking lot in Jim Thorpe are reporting doing well catching trout.  Most of the trout are being caught on spinners, stick baits, or tube type baits.  The Mahoning Creek is scheduled to receive an in-season trout stocking on May 1st.  Persons who are interested in assisting with this stocking can meet the stocking truck at Normal Square, Rt. 443, Lehighton at 11:30 am. 
Boat anglers at Mauch Chunk Lake have been reporting good success catching pickerel and bass (catch & release only).  Crappie action appeared to be good near the area of boat launch A.
Boating activity is now increasing on Beltzville Lake as the warmer weather is arriving.  A few anglers reported some bass action near the area of the power lines and preachers camp area of the lake.
Southern Luzerne & Southern Columbia Counties
With another Opening Day of Trout Season in the books, anglers are having little trouble finding fish.  Those waters that have not received in season plantings of fish, are scheduled to receive them in the immediate future.  Anglers seem to be having success, with anything from canned corn to the most delicately tied flies, as well as everything in between.
Those who fish the Susquehanna River will be glad to hear that the water levels are beginning to return to fishable levels.  The gates at Union Access had to be closed due to safety concerns because of flooding.  But, as of this writing it is again open and usable.
There have been no significant reports of crappies being caught in the area yet.  However, with the onset of spring, and rising water temperatures, look for them to begin spawning in the very near future.
So, whatever you fish for and wherever you choose to do it-get on the water and enjoy the vast fishing opportunities the Commonwealth has to offer. 
Lackwanna County
This past week Merli Sarnoski, DeSandis Pond and the Roaring Brook received an in-season trout stocking. Anglers were catching trout even before the truck arrived at Merli.
Orange paste bait seems to be doing the trick at DeSandis this Past week.
Anglers need to be patient at the Roaring Brook as several days of rain have caused the water to be high. Fisherman are catching their limits in Bunker Hill and Scranton, it's just taking a little work.
The bluegill and crappie fishing slowed down in late week because of the cooler temperatures and several days of rain. We'll need a few days of warm temperatures for the fishing to improve.
Fishing at the reservoirs open to public fishing has been slow as well.
Western Bradford & Sullivan County
Following the recent stocking at Hunters Lake the sportsmen and women were out in full force. Anglers using power bait reported great success. Catch and release anglers were having outstanding success "jigging" with a trout magnet.

April 19, 2017
Monroe County
The nice weather brought trout anglers in the masses this year. Anglers report very good catches using just about any type bait. Spinners seemed to work in the faster flowing water.
Northern Wayne County
Trout season has arrived. The streams in Northern Wayne County, Northern Susquehanna County and Eastern Bradford County are at fantastic levels. The in-season adult trout stocking is in full swing replenishing the trout populations. The early season hatches are on track for the fly fishing anglers.
For the non- trout anglers looking for crappie try Prompton Dam in Wayne County and Dunn Pond and Stillwater Dam in Susquehanna County.
Western Bradford and Sullivan County
Anglers out over the weekend reported great water conditions and weather to match.  Bait preferences seemed to be wax worms, meal worms and minnows across all of the stocked trout waters.  Fish activity was good with many folks catching their limit, some catching many more (catch & release of course.)
Luzerne County

Jake Bobersky age 12, from Benton caught this nice 19 inch brown trout in the Berwick area during the Statewide Trout Opener. Jake was fishing with his sister Janessa, age 8, when he caught the fish.

April 12, 2017
Carbon County
Mentored Youth Trout anglers were faced with high and fast moving waters during the Saturday, April 8th Mentored Youth Trout Day on those stocked trout waters governed by the Regular Opening Day season.  Although the conditions were less than favorable, a few had reported some success catching trout on the Buckwa and Aquashicola Creeks.  Most stocked trout streams are now returning to normal flow conditions and hopefully will provide for better conditions on the Regular Opening Day of Trout season on April 15th
Anglers fishing the Mahoning Creek and the Lizard Creek, which are part of the Regional Opening Day of Trout season, have been reporting better success catching trout since the Regional Opening Day as these streams were flowing very high during the Regional Opening Day weekend.  Most trout are being caught using paste bait, live minnow or spinners. 
The Lehigh River, from Glen Onoko State Park to the Carbon County Parking Lot in Jim Thorpe, will receive a pre-season trout stocking for the Regular Opening Day of Trout season on April 15th.  Anglers are reminded that this section of the river is closed to all fishing until April 15th at 8 am.
Anglers are reminded that most fishing access areas to the stocked trout waters in the district are on private property.  Through the cooperation of the landowners is what allows these waters to be stocked and open to public fishing.  Anglers are encourage to respect the rights of the landowners and refrain from littering, building fires, blocking gates, walk in only areas, etc.   
Anglers are reminded that the bass season will close on April 14.  During the period from April 15th through June 16TH is No Harvest – Catch & Release Only.
On April 17th, the Aquashicola Creek, Buckwa Creek (Monroe County) and the Princess Run (Monroe County) will receive an in – season trout stocking.  Persons wishing to assist with the stocking should meet the stocking truck at the Aquashicola Post Office at 11:30 am.
Northern Columbia, Northern Luzerne and Wyoming Counties
Anglers fishing in the Special Regulation areas along Bowman's Creek, South Branch Tunkhannock and Harveys Creeks have been reporting success with dark colored streamers.  Everything from black wooly buggers to purple streamers with flash have been bringing trout to hand.  A few trout have been fooled by nymphs but not near as many as have been taken with larger offerings.  With water this cold you must put something in front of a fish that appears large enough to make it worth the effort for the trout.  Anglers are reminded that when fishing these areas they cannot have any bait in possession.  
Most area waters have already been stocked for the first day and many folks were out enjoying the warmer weather this week and checking out their favorite holes to see what they can expect to encounter on the trout opener.  If you plan to spend time in a boat less than 16 feet long fishing from now until the end of April you are reminded that PFD wear is required for everyone onboard and at all times when you are on the water.  Another common mistake seen is a group of anglers keeping their catch on the same stringer or in the same bucket.  This is not legal; you must be able to positively identify the catch that you've kept.  Separate stringers and buckets or mouth clips if kept in a common live well are a must.
While most streams were running high for the Mentored Youth Trout Day on April 8th, this didn’t stop anglers from going out and finding trout that were willing to bite.  Hunter Warner at Wrigthts Creek, mentored by his dad, was able catch some really nice Brown Trout.  Great Job!

Lackawanna County
The district saw increased participation in the Mentored Youth Trout Day over previous years. Water temperatures started out cold and the air temperature was below freezing in many locations. As the day progressed temperatures rose to the lower 50's and the fish cooperated. Many youth anglers caught fish in the teener league and little holes in the Roaring Brook. Plenty of fish were caught in DeSandis Pond and Lake Wilson as well. Some brook trout were caught at the main boat launch at Lackawanna Lake.
River and stream levels were quite high this past weekend. Warmer temperatures and a rain free week will improve conditions for the opening day.

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