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


March 22, 2017
Upcoming Programs
Beltzville State Park will be hosting a Basic Boating Course on April 24th and April 26th. 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.
 
The Pennsylvania Fish & Boat Commission is providing a free Fly Fishing Introduction Program on Saturday, April 22 from 1p.m. to 5p.m. at Hillside Park in Lackawanna County.  Preregistration is required!  For more information and to preregister please visit: http://fbweb.pa.gov/calendar/Gridview.aspx?TN=family_fishing&DT=4/22/2017&ID=996A7472-A439-4253-9359-96F0EF0937AA&CAT=family_fishing&DAY=NODAY
 
Reminders and Legal Notices
 
Anglers are reminded that Stocked Trout waters are closed from March 1st until the Regional Opening Day of Trout or the Regular Opening Day of Trout season.  Anglers should consult the PA Fishing Summary booklet on the Trout waters that are included in the Regional Opening Day of Trout and the Regular Opening Day of Trout Season.
 
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: http://fbweb.pa.gov/stocking/TroutStockingDetails_GIS.aspx
 
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
Due to the recent snow storm, the preseason trout stockings for the Lizard Creek and the Aquashicola Creek have been rescheduled. The Lizard Creek will receive a preseason trout stocking on March 30th and the Aquashicola Creek will receive a preseason trout stocking on April 3. The Princess Creek (Monroe County) and the Buckwa Creek located in both Monroe and Carbon County is scheduled to receive a preseason trout stocking on March 29. Persons interested in assisting with this stocking should meet the stocking truck at the Kunkletown Post Office at 12 pm. Persons who wish to assist with any of the stockings are always encourage to consult the agency’s website as the stockings can change due to the weather or unforeseen circumstances.
 
Anglers are reminded that all Stocked Trout Waters including the Pohopoco Creek which is designated as both a Class A Wild Trout Stream and Stocked Trout Water ( appx. 2.90 miles from the outlet of Beltzville Lake downstream to the cable across the creek at the Hideaway Hunting & Fishing Club) and the Lehigh River (0.33 miles upriver from the Railroad Bridge in Glen Onoko, Lehigh Gorge State Park and downriver 3.1 miles to the confluence with Mauch Chunk Creek in Jim Thorpe) are closed to fishing. Anglers should consult the PA Fishing Summary booklet on the trout waters that are included in the Regional Opening Day of trout and the Regular Opening Day of trout season.
 
On Saturday, March 25th at 8am, the Mentored Youth Trout Day will take place within the 18 southeastern regional counties including the Mahoning Creek and the Lizard Creek in Carbon County which is part of the regional program. The Mahoning Creek had previously received a preseason trout stocking. However, the Lizard Creek will not receive a preseason trout stocking until after the scheduled Mentored Youth Trout Day on March 25th.
 
On Saturday, April 1st at 8am, the Regional Opening Day of trout season will begin on the Mahoning and Lizard Creeks.  These two are the only stocked trout waters in the district that are part of the Regional Opening Day of trout season.
 
On Saturday, April 8th at 8am, the Mentored Youth Trout Day will take place on those stocked trout waters which are part of the Regular Opening Day of trout season. Not all stocked trout waters in the district that are part of the Regular Opening Day of trout season will be stocked prior to this Mentored Youth Trout Day. For further information on the Mentored Youth Trout Days, please visit the agency’s website www.fishandboat.com/mentoredyouth:htm
 
On Saturday, April 15th at 8am will mark the beginning of the Regular Opening Day of trout season.
 
Lackawanna County
Last week’s snow storm that dumped over 25” of snow on Lackawanna County and recent below normal area temperatures have enabled many private and public lakes to freeze over. Access to these lakes and ponds are restricted because of the snow pack. The PA American Water Company reservoirs that are open to public fishing (Dunmore #1, Griffin Pond, Curtis & Elmhurst Reservoirs) all have a layer of ice and are not accessible due to the snow pack. None of the reservoirs are open to ice fishing.
 
Lackawanna Lake has a layer of ice as of Monday, March 20th. The ice is not safe enough for fishing! It received its preseason trout stocking on Tuesday, March 21st.
 
Merli Sarnowski Lake and Aylesworth Lake are ice covered as well. Both lakes are closed to fishing until the opening day of trout (April 15th) as they are trout stocked waters. Both will receive trout on April 4th.
 
Northern Wayne County
The fishing pressure is extremely low due to the weather conditions. Anglers experiencing with-drawl can come out and stock some trout.  Those interested need to make sure to check out the stocking list because recent severe weather conditions have created some changes.  See www.fishandboat.com for the current listings.
 
 
 
March 15, 2017
 
Upcoming Program
 
The Pennsylvania Fish & Boat Commission is providing a free Fly Fishing Introduction Program on Saturday, April 22 from 1p.m. to 5p.m. at Hillside Park in Lackawanna County.  Preregistration is required!  For more information and to preregister please visit: http://fbweb.pa.gov/calendar/Gridview.aspx?TN=family_fishing&DT=4/22/2017&ID=996A7472-A439-4253-9359-96F0EF0937AA&CAT=family_fishing&DAY=NODAY
 
Reminders and Legal Notices
 
Anglers are reminded that Stocked Trout waters are closed from March 1st until the Regional Opening Day of Trout or the Regular Opening Day of Trout season.  Anglers should consult the PA Fishing Summary booklet on the Trout waters that are included in the Regional Opening Day of Trout and the Regular Opening Day of Trout Season.
 
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: http://fbweb.pa.gov/stocking/TroutStockingDetails_GIS.aspx
 
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.
Western Bradford & Sullivan Counties
Due to unseasonably warm weather last week the ice is off at Hunters Lake and it has received its first stocking of the year.  Remember this is a Stocked Trout Water Open to Year-Round Fishing and different regulations apply.  No trout can be harvested until Opening Day.  Please consult the 2017 Summary Guide for more information.
Southern Luzerne & Southern Columbia Counties
With the ice fishing season a bust, most anglers are eagerly awaiting the warmer days of spring, and the chance for some long overdue fishing opportunities.  Enter Mother Nature; apparently she feels the need to impose her will upon us at least once more this year in the form of Winter Storm Stella.  We caution all those who anticipated assisting with pre-season plantings of trout in the local waterways-check the schedule on the website because there have been a few stockings that have been rescheduled. 
The stocking that was scheduled for the FEW Reservoir and Section 6 of the Lehigh River on April 13th, was moved to March 10th and has been successfully completed.  Roaring Creek stocking was moved to April 13th.  Beaver Run, Scotch Run and Lily Lake have also had changes made to the stocking dates.
That said, with section 6 of the Lehigh River being designated STOCKED TROUT WATERS OPEN TO YEAR ROUND FISHING, plenty of opportunity exists for those who can’t wait to wet a line.  That is, if you are willing to brave the elements.  Just remember, it is unlawful to creel or harvest trout from those waters prior to 8:00am on opening day.
Mentored Youth Trout Day will again be held the week prior to opening day.  See the website to verify the waters you wish to fish have been stocked, as well as other useful information.
All local waterways in the district, have been receiving little to no fishing or boating pressure recently.  This is due largely in part to the adverse weather conditions.  After all, it is March in Northeastern PA.     

March 08, 2017 

Remember: Stocked Trout waters are closed from March 1st until the Regional Opening Day of Trout or the Regular Opening Day of Trout season.  Anglers should consult the PA Fishing Summary booklet on the Trout waters that are included in the Regional Opening Day of Trout and the Regular Opening Day of Trout Season.
 
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: http://fbweb.pa.gov/stocking/TroutStockingDetails_GIS.aspx
 
Remember: From November 1st through April 30th there is mandatory wear for life jackets 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.
 
Southern Pike and Wayne Counties 
Unseasonably warm temperatures have all but ended ice fishing season within the region.  Anglers trying to take advantage of the nice weather this time of year need to remember that Stocked Trout Waters in the region are closed until the Regular Trout Opener at 8:00 a.m. on April 15th. 
 
Monroe County  
With “safe ice” all but gone, anglers are looking to the creeks…remember to check your 2017 summary to verify that it isn’t trout stocked water which is closed from March 1st until opening day April 15th. Two stocked waters open to year round fishing are Hidden Lake, a Stocked Trout Water Open to Year – Round Fishing, and the Delayed Harvest Artificial Lures Only Section portion of the McMichael’s Creek, from golf course bridge going upstream to the cable.                                    

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