|Southern Luzerne & Southern Columbia Counties
The fishing activity has been heating up in the area over the past few weeks along with the temperatures.
There are still plenty of trout left, even though the pressure has been light.
Wax worms have been the most effective bait on the Lehigh River. Anglers have been catching Brown Trout on the upper stretches where the River enters Frances E Walter Reservoir. The Reservoir has also been giving up some very nice Crappies, and Yellow Perch.
Lily Lake has been producing some very nice Crappies and Rainbow Trout, although most fish are being caught in deeper water. Pickerel and Bass are being found in the shallow weeds towards the back of the lake.
The mighty Susquehanna has once again proven its worth, as anglers are catching everything from Catfish, to Walleye to Smallmouth Bass. Reports have also been good on the muskies, for those willing to throw the big plugs all day. Although, soft plastics, crankbaits and hellgrammites continue to dominate the marble eyes and smallies.
Boaters are again reminded of the wake regulations, as well as horsepower restrictions on Lily Lake. There are also horsepower restrictions in effect on Frances E Walter Reservoir. Please be aware of the regulations for particular waterways on which you are boating.
Boaters should consider attending a boating safety course, if they have not taken one previously. A Basic Boating Course will be held on September 10, 2016 at Nescopeck State Park. There is no cost for the class, but pre-registration is required.
Northern Luzerne & Northern Columbia Counties
The Susquehanna River has been producing a lot of Smallmouth Bass, although many have been undersized. Anglers have been catching bass on everything from buzz baits, stick baits to top-water plugs.
Briar Creek Lake has been giving up some nice Rainbow Trout to anglers casting spoons towards the area of the control tower by the dam.
Not much has been going on for fishermen at Harveys Lake. Anglers targeting bass are having mixed success with wacky and drop shot presentations.
The Commission has been stocking fingerling bass at Lake Jean (Ricketts Glen State Park) as our agency continues to monitor the lakes progress following last year's drawdown.