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


FEBRUARY 23, 2017
Anglers are reminded that Approved 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
 
Carbon County
 
As the warmer weather recently arrived, a number of anglers took advantage of the weather to fish the Lehigh River at the Bowmanstown Pool and the Glen Onoko access area. Anglers at the Bowmanstown Pool reported better success catching trout. Most of the other Stocked trout waters in the district have been receiving little to no fishing pressure in recent weeks.
 
Anglers are reminded that the Pohopoco Creek at the outlet of the Beltzville Lake downstream approximately 2.90 miles to the Hideaway Hunting & Fishing Club is designated as both a Class A Wild Trout Water& Stocked Trout Water. This stream section of the Pohopoco Creek which is governed by the Class A Wild Trout & Stocked Trout Waters regulations and located within the Regular Opening Day of Trout Season is closed to fishing from March 1st to 8 am on the Regular Opening Day of Trout season. The Extended Season from September 05, 2017 through February 28, 2018 is a No Harvest Catch & Release period only. Anglers should consult the 2017 PA Fishing Summary for further information on the listing and regulations pertaining to streams designated as both Class A Wild Trout Streams and Stocked Trout Waters.
 
On March 2, the pre-season trout stockings will begin in the district with the Pohopoco Creek receiving a trout stocking. This section being stocked is the Class A Wild Trout Water & Stocked Trout Water section and will be closed to any fishing from March 1st to the Regular Opening Day of Trout season at 8 am. Persons wishing to assist with this stocking should meet the stocking truck at the Army Corps of Engineer’s Building, Beltzville State Park at 12:00 pm.
 
On March 8, the Mahoning Creek will receive a pre-season trout stocking. Persons interested in assisting with this stocking should meet the stocking truck at Normal Square, Rt. 443, Lehighton at 11:30.
 
Northern Columbia, Northern and Wyoming County
 
Ice fishing is all but done on area waters with the current warm weather.  Some lakes in the northern portion of the region still have ice but if you are going to try to get out on the ice make sure you bring a friend along with a throw rope and ice awls.  Wearing a PFD on the ice is a great idea now more than ever.  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
 
The Susquehanna River has been running a little high the last few weeks and fishing has been predictably slow in most areas.  Now is a great time to take a look at the stocking schedules for your favorite streams so you can plan to come on out and assist with the stockings this spring.  This will also give you a sneak peek at what to expect when the opener for Trout Season rolls around.  While you're there, why not check out some waters you aren't already familiar with and plan to come along on a stocking.  There is no better way to learn new trout water and see where you can access it for future trips!
 
February 15, 2017
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
 
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.
 
2017 Trout Stocking Schedule is here!  Visit: http://fbweb.pa.gov/stocking/TroutStockingDetails_GIS.aspx
 
Lackawanna County
Last week’s rain and warmer than usual weather have caused several area lakes and ponds to have deteriorated shorelines and many locations have unsafe ice conditions. The blanket of snow, which fell this past weekend, won’t help matters. The deteriorating conditions caused personnel at Lackawanna State Park Lake to cancel this past Sunday’s scheduled ice fishing tournament. Prior to the deteriorating conditions, anglers were doing well catching blue gills, nice sized crappie and bass through the ice. Jigging with wax worms seem to work best for the panfish while utilizing live minnows and tip ups are best suited for bass fishing. Remember there is NO ice fishing allowed at any of the PA American Water Company Reservoirs.
 
Southern Wayne and Pike Counties
Recent fluctuations in temperatures have degraded ice in the region causing fishing activity to wane. Anglers should use caution when venturing out onto frozen lakes and ponds and avoid fishing on unfamiliar bodies of water.

February 8, 2017

 
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
 
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.
 
2017 Trout Stocking Schedule is here!  Visit: http://fbweb.pa.gov/stocking/TroutStockingDetails_GIS.aspx
 
Western Bradford & Sullivan County
Despite Punxsutawney Phil’s prognostication of six more weeks of winter, the North Branch of the Susquehanna River is open and anglers that are brave enough to hit the water by boat are having good luck catching walleye, musky and even catching the occasional carp.
 
Northern Wayne County
The ice fishing activity varies throughout the district.  There is less pressure in the south due to questionable conditions.  In the northern portion there is a lot of activity.  Perch are hitting at Belmont Lake.  The successful anglers are jigging with wax worms or meal worms.  An occasional perch, pickerel, bass and walleye are falling prey to fat heads and small to medium shiners.  Pickerel are hitting at Duck Harbor Pond on tip ups.  Crappie have been active at Long Pond.
 
 

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.