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!
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.