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

April 18, 2018 

The Pennsylvania Fish & Boat Commission is providing a free Women’s Fly Fishing Introduction Program on Saturday, May 5 from 10am to 2:30pm at Frances Slocum State Park in Luzerne County. Preregistration is required! For more information and to pre-register please visit:

Beltzville State Park will be hosting a Basic Boating Course on May 21st and 23rd from 6pm to 10 pm.  Participants must attend both days to complete course. There is no charge for the course, but all participants must pre-register.  Persons interested in taking the course should contact Beltzville State Park at 610-377-0045.  The boating safety certificate is required of all operators of a personal watercraft (PWCs) or anyone born on or after January 1, 1982 who operate a motorboat of more than 25 horsepower.
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.
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:
Carbon County
Although the weather for the Regular Opening Day of Trout season was nearly perfect, anglers were reporting difficulty catching trout.  The district’s stocked trout waters were flowing low and clear which may have contributed to the lower catch rates.  Most of the streams received moderate to light fishing pressure.  Anglers using night crawler, paste baits and minnow had reported better success catching trout. 
Many anglers have been reporting seeing a good number of trout still held over from the Regular Opening Day of the trout season.  The in-season trout stockings are now underway in the district with the Aquashicola Creek, Buckwa Creek (Monroe County), Princess Run (Monroe County), and the Lizard Creek being recently stocked.  Although these streams have been recently stocked, the fishing pressure is light due to the cold weather, and the streams flowing higher than normal. 
Anglers fishing the Lehigh River, near the Lehigh Gorge and downriver in the Jim Thorpe area, had reported good success catching trout during the weekend of the Regular Opening Day of Trout season.  Most successful anglers were using stick baits or spinner.  The Lehigh River had recently received a trout stocking by a local sportsmen’s club. 
Anglers are reminded that the harvest of bass is closed from April 14th through June 15th and is currently catch & release only.  Anglers are encouraged to consult the PA Fishing Summary regarding the guidelines on catch & release.
Columbia County
Janessa Bobersky, pictured below, from Benton caught this nice rainbow trout while fishing in a waterway outside of Berwick.

Trevor Dietz, pictured below, from Benton caught these rainbow and brown trout on worms.  He fished a waterway in Columbia County after heavy rains.  

Susquehanna County
If you catch your limit of fish at “Johnson’s hole” along the East Branch of the Tunkhannock, you can thank Sydney Seman. 

Sydney, age 11, and her mom Renee Seman of Lenoxville caught up to the stocking truck on the last stop of the day and assisted with the trout planting.  Sydney was looking forward to stocking but got out of school late and thought she had missed her opportunity until she spotted the big white truck traveling towards “Johnson Hole”.  After assisting she said, “This is the best day of my life.” 
Students from Susquehanna High School braved the cold, wet weather to help stock Starrucca on April 16th 

From left to right are: Rhiannon Potter, Emily Sheldon, Lizzy Stewart, Maddi Baker, Kyliegh Jones, Jakub Tomczyk, Jacob Downton, Payton Cowperthwait and Aaron Herbert. 


April 11, 2018


Landen Firestone, Waymart, caught this 20” Rainbow Trout while his buddy Jacob McCormick, South Canaan landed this 22” Golden Rainbow Trout.  They were fishing on the mentored youth day at the base of Prompton Dam with Landon’s father Ron and Joe Mican.

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