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

June 20, 2018 


Wyoming County and Northern Luzerne County

Fishing pressure has been light around the district with the Susquehanna River being a sole exception.  Mostly catfish and smaller Smallmouth Bass have been reported in angler catches.  Some nice panfish are still being taken around Harveys Lake but you really need a boat to get out there and search for them around structure.  Small hair jigs and plain lead jigs tipped with a grub or piece of worm has been the ticket with some real nice Rock Bass showing up from time to time. 
A recent unscheduled stocking of surplus trout has added 5,000 trout to Harveys Lake and 3,000 trout to Harveys Creek.  Water temperatures are still slightly below average for this time of year but expect them to rise with warmer weather in the forecast.
Our biologists have recently completed a survey at Lake Jean in Rickett's Glen State Park.  It was featured on Pennsylvania Outdoor Life and gave great insight into the efforts our staff extends to understand and manage our fisheries resource.  The results of the survey were promising and look to see the Commission lift the Catch and Release regulations from Lake Jean sometime in 2020.
Boating safety is the key concern as we head into the warmer months of July and August.  Please remember to check your safety equipment and keep your boat's systems in good condition to avoid costly or dangerous situations.  Also, be cautious with alcohol use while out on the water.  Failing to do so could cost a lot of time and money if you are caught and even more concerning it could cost the health or life of someone on our Commonwealth's waters. 



June 13, 2018

Lackawanna County
The warm temperature has risen to 72 degrees in many of the area lakes and ponds which should translate to some good bass fishing this coming Saturday.  Lackawanna Lake has one of the best bass populations in northeastern Pennsylvania.  The PA American Water Company Reservoirs that are open to public fishing (Curtis, Elmhurst and Griffin Pond) have nice small mouth populations.
Anglers seeking pan fish are having plenty of luck.  Bluegills and crappies have been biting for the past month.
Anglers are still catching trout at Lackawanna Lake around the handicap pier, the south launch and around the swimming pool area of Lackawanna Lake.  The preferred method of fishing is using paste bait on the bottom.  Rainbow color seems to work best at Lackawanna Lake.
Northern Pike and Southern Wayne Counties
The stripers and walleye are biting at Lake Wallenpaupack on some types of live bait. The bluegills and perch are also biting. 
Crappies and pickerel are the fish of choice and are hitting well at Shohola Lake.  Small jigs and live bait seem to be working best
The shad run is almost over on the Delaware River, but the stripers should soon be making their way upstream.
The trout are still plentiful in the Lackawaxen River.  The river level is starting to level off which will make fishing a lot easier
Bluegills and pickerel are being caught Greeley lake.  They are hitting on just about any lure or bait. 
Boating season is in full swing here in the Northeast.  Be safe and make sure all your safety equipment is in good condition and onboard your boats.  Wearing PFD’s saves lives, of wear it.
Southern Luzerne & Columbia Counties
As the temperature seem to heat up, so has the fishing on the local impoundments.  Frances E Walter Reservoir has been on fire, giving up some great crappie and trout fishing.  The best action seems to be coming from the river and creek arms, rather than the main body of the reservoir.  The best baits for some nice trout, have been blue and silver crankbaits.  Meanwhile, the crappie have been taking small minnows and plastic grubs.
Lily Lake has been slow.  However, those anglers catching fish are doing so early and late in the day.  The weedy areas in the back seem to be your best bet for some exciting chain pickerel action.  With the best baits by far being anything top water.  Just look for the fish busting schools of baitfish towards evening and cast top water minnow imitator’s accordingly.
Briar Creek Lake is continuing to produce trout, as well as some nice carp and a few decent crappies.  The trout and carp seem to like the typical paste and dough baits, while the crappies have been hitting small grubs.
As for the trout waters, the Lehigh River seems to be getting the pressure, and it’s no wonder.  Trout are being caught throughout the river, on anything from dry flies during the hatches, to minnows and red worms. Anglers fishing the Susquehanna River have been catching walleye on 3 and 4-inch twister tail grubs. Also, don’t overlook Fishing Creek at Boone’s dam for some terrific walleye action.
Of course, the bluegills and sunfish are hitting at just about all of the smaller ponds and lakes. 
Anglers are reminded that bass season is Closed until June 16th.  All bass caught must be immediately released without harm. As the warmer weather arrives, boaters are again cautioned of the zero tolerance of Boating Under the Influence.

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