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Map highlighting counties in the Northeast RegionREGION COUNTIES -- Bradford, Carbon, Columbia, Lackawanna, Luzerne, Monroe, Pike, Sullivan, Susquehanna, Wayne, Wyoming (County Guide)

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.

Fishing and Boating Report – September 10, 2014
Southern Pike and Southern Wayne Counties

Fishing activity has been very slow this past week. Anglers have not been finding much success throughout the district.  Anglers should watch the weather closely and make sure to get out and fish if we see rain.  Fish the streams as they are rising, this will put the fish that are currently not active on the feed and should provide excellent fishing opportunities.

Luzerne County

Local streams are very low and the fishing has been very slow.  Local wild trout streams, including Arnolds Creek and Huntingdon Creek, have had little to no pressure but they have not been rewarding the few anglers fishing.  While the weather has been cool, the predicted rain has continually not happened.  Our streams need to start seeing some precipitation or it could make for a long and slow fall for fishing.

Monroe County

While the fishing has been very good so far during the summer, it seems that the arrival of September has slowed the fishing considerably.  Private community lakes are not producing at the moment, but as the weather continues to cool we should see more bass action.  Fall may be the best time to target large bass and the current weather predictions are showing an early fall, so anglers should not have to wait long for the fishing to pick back up and we expect to see catch rates to go up within the next couple of weeks or so.

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Fishing and Boating Report – September 3, 2014
Western Bradford & Sullivan County

North Branch of the Susquehanna River: Anglers were reporting good Smallmouth Bass catches, despite very low flows.  Anglers looking for Smallmouth should target gravel bottom areas and use minnows or imitations.

Lackawanna County

If you weren’t out fishing this past weekend, you missed some great fishing opportunities.  The Largemouth Bass and panfish were really biting at Maple Lake, Lackawanna Lake and many other private and public lakes and ponds.  Artificial lures, red worms and live minnows were all working well.  Even trout anglers reported catching great trout in some of the tributaries to the Lackawanna River.  As water temperatures being to cool the fishing will only get better, so don’t put those rods away.

Southern Luzerne & Southern Columbia Counties

Anglers fishing the Susquehanna River this week were having much success, especially in the Nesbitt Park and Breslau pools.  Most action was coming by trolling small crayfish crankbaits in 3 to 4 feet of water.  By doing so, anglers were able to trigger strikes from walleye as well as Smallmouth Bass.

With the annual drawdown of Francis E. Walter Reservoir underway, anglers were finding schools of crappie and yellow perch congregating near the rock piles.  Most success was found using fathead minnows.

Most action at Lily Lake is occurring during the evening hours for bass and panfish, and there has been little to no activity on the local trout streams.

Monroe County

Despite sunny then cloudy weather this past Labor Day Weekend, anglers and boaters made the most of it. In the private development lakes, shoreline anglers definitely outnumbered the boaters. Successful anglers were using live minnows and were catching numerous fish using them.

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Fishing and Boating Report – August 27, 2014
Carbon County

Lehigh River:  Anglers have been enjoying great fishing this past week.  Smallmouth Bass were very active and anglers were able to land many of good size.  Anglers using artificial lures are having the best success.

Western Bradford & Sullivan County

Largemouth Bass
Mr. J.P. Harbst of Sayre, PA has had good luck fishing at the State Game Lands Pond in Athens Township his last couple trips.  He has landed some great Chain Pickerel and Largemouth Bass using a chartreuse crankbaits and rubber worms.

Southern Wallenpaupack District

Fishing activity in the area has slowed down dramatically due to recent heavy rains.  After a couple days of nice weather make sure to get out and fish!  These fish will be looking to feed as water temperatures, flows and clarity even out.

Streams have been flowing at a high rate, due to the heavy rains, into Lake Wallenpaupack.  Boaters should be cautious as these streams have been pushing debris into the lake.

Monroe County

Anglers have been reporting very good catch numbers of Largemouth Bass in the twelve inch range using live bait. Make sure you get out and enjoy the fantastic fishing!

Pike County

Delaware River: The Smallmouth Bass fishing has been amazing the past week.  Anglers using rubber worms have been landing many quality fish throughout the day and evening.  Anglers using night crawlers and chicken livers have had great success targeting catfish. 

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