Private community lakes had a lot of small boating traffic this past holiday weekend. No life jackets seemed to be the thing most forgotten in the rush to enjoy the boat or kayak. Remember: One wearable and properly sized life jacket is required for each person on board. Also, children under the age of 13 must be wearing their life jacket at all time while underway.
Fishing conditions in the county are as one would expect in the early summer. Trout stream temperatures have risen to a level where any remaining trout have become lethargic. Fishing in the Susquehanna River has been good with reports of anglers catching Smallmouth Bass, walleye and catfish. Area lakes and ponds have been fishing well for bass and panfish anglers.
Northern Susquehanna & Eastern Bradford Counties
Now is a great time to get out after some panfish. Anglers have been doing well with worms and bobbers at several lakes in Susquehanna County. Sometimes this may be the only thing they'll hit; this just goes to show sometimes you don't really "need" all that fancy gear.
Kayaking and canoeing have really taken off in the last couple of years. Boaters are reminded to check to make sure their launch permits are current and always read posted signs! Launch permits are accepted on all PFBC and DCNR properties in the Commonwealth. While a boat registration may be a better option for folks planning to do some traveling in other states.
Northern Columbia and Luzerne Counties
With warmer weather on the horizon many anglers are getting ready for warm water fishing action. Some may not be ready to let go of trout fishing quite yet though, for these folks I would recommend getting out to area Approved trout Waters that have recently been restocked. Some great places to try are Pine Creek and Harveys Creek in Luzerne County and Briar Creek Lake in Columbia. These three waters have recently been well stocked with trout as we wind the season down.
Some advice for boaters: Change your lower unit oil = cheap insurance for your lower unit. Remove your prop and check for fishing line, charge and check you batteries, inspect your fire extinguisher and thoroughly inspect your PFD’S! Let’s make this a safe boating season!
Southern Luzerne and Southern Columbia Counties
With the stocking season behind us, the local waterways are providing more than ample opportunities for trout anglers and fishing pressure has been light. With the warmer weather, it is best to fish early or late in the day. Most anglers are finding success with anything from wax worms to power bait to artificials.
Anglers on the Susquehanna River are having success with walleye, especially below the Bloomsburg launch. Musky activity has also been good between West Nanticoke and Mocanaqua.
Lily Lake continues to offer excellent fishing for trout, bass and pickerel, as well as panfish.
With the pleasure boat season fast approaching boaters are reminded to review the boating regulations found in the Boating Handbook, as well as local regulations on the waters you boat.
As always, boating and alcohol do not mix, and there is a zero tolerance for BUI in the district.