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

  


January 10, 2018 
 
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.
 
Reminder: The PFBC does not monitor ice thickness.  Ice thickness and conditions can vary greatly across the lake. Use caution as you head out onto the ice. A life jacket and a set of ice awls can be extremely important if you fall though the ice. Remember SAFETY FIRST: http://www.fishandboat.com/Boat/WaterandIceSafety
 
2018 Pennsylvania Fishing Licenses are being sold now.  Get your one, three, five or ten-year fishing license now or purchase a voucher as a gift for someone at www.gonefishingpa.com
Carbon County
 
Despite the recent brutal temperatures over the weekend, Ice anglers fishing Mauch Chunk Lake near the vicinity of Boat Launch B were observed catching bass, pickerel and perch.  One angler reported catching a 15-inch Largemouth Bass and perch measuring between 13 to 14 inches.  Most bass and pickerel were caught by using a tip-ups baited with minnows while the perch were caught while jigging a jig head tipped with waxworms or minnows.  Beltzville Lake still had open sections of waters at the Pine Run boat launch and near the dam breast.
 
As with most waterways, the ice conditions are not monitored at Mauch Chunk Lake and Beltzville Lake.  Before venturing out on to the ice make sure to check the ice conditions.  The ice may not be the same thickness all over.  Avoid dark, honeycombed or porous ice areas and areas with multiple pressure cracks, brush, logs or docks.  Always take a partner along and let others know where you are going and when you will return. Know how to dress for the cold and wear a personal flotation vest or have a throwable personal flotation device (seat cushion) in case of an emergency.  It is also a good practice to carry a set of ice awls to pull yourself up onto the ice in the event you fall through.
 
Little to no fishing activity is occurring on the Lehigh River or the other streams in the district as most streams including the Lehigh River are iced over in most places. 
 
Anglers are reminded that the Pohopoco Creek from the outlet of Beltzville Lake downstream approximately 2.90 miles to the cable across from the creek at the Hideaway Hunting & Fishing Club is designated as a Class A Wild Trout Water and is a No Harvest-Catch and Immediate Release of Trout Only during the extended trout season.   
 
As we are now in the 2018 fishing season, please be sure (anglers 16 years of age or older) to have your valid 2018 PA Fishing License and trout /salmon permit (if required).
 
Northern Pike and Southern Wayne Counties
 
COLD is the reason for the season.  The ice has come early this year due to the extreme cold weather.  Most ponds and lakes in the region have six or more inches of good ice. Anglers are catching lots of perch and pickerel Lake Wallenpaupack using mostly live bait.  Lake Greeley has been doing well for bluegills and at Shohola Lake the bass and pickerel are doing well.  Just be careful and always check your ice conditions before venturing out.  With the extreme cold weather conditions it is recommended to dress in layers and protect your face and hands from getting frost bitten.  Have fun but be safe and be smart.
 
Pike, Wayne & Monroe Counties
 
The recent cold snap has improved ice conditions in but put a damper on fishing activities.

January 3, 2018 
 
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.
 
Reminder: The PFBC does not monitor ice thickness.  Ice thickness and conditions can vary greatly across the lake. Use caution as you head out onto the ice. A life jacket and a set of ice awls can be extremely important if you fall though the ice. Remember SAFETY FIRST: http://www.fishandboat.com/Boat/WaterandIceSafety
 
2018 Pennsylvania Fishing Licenses are being sold now.  Get your one, three, five or ten-year fishing license now or purchase a voucher as a gift for someone at www.gonefishingpa.com
 
 

 

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