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Reports compiled by Allan Schreffler (, Regional Education Specialist, using information provided by Waterways Conservation Officers, Area Fisheries Managers and other PFBC staff.

Fishing and Boating Report – July 20, 2016
Northern Pike and Southern Wayne Counties

Large and Smallmouth Bass are being caught in the early mornings or at night throughout the district. The hot temperatures and resultant warmer water has made fishing very slow during the mid-morning to afternoon times.  Striped Bass and Brown Trout fishing has slowed down with anglers finding them in deeper waters.

Panfish anglers have been holding their own in most of the other water of the district.

Boating is in full swing and as the summer progresses please be safe and mindful of the increase traffic of our lakes and rivers. WEAR your PFD’s and enjoy your time in our beautiful state.

Lackawanna County

Recent warm temperatures have caused anglers to shift their tactics. Fishing has been better during the early morning hours and the pre-dark hours of the day.  Some nice Largemouth Bass have landed over the past week at Griffin Pond.  Panfish have been biting since spring at Lackawanna Lake; especially under the Rt 407 bridge and near the swimming pool area of the lake.  Small panfish were biting at Elmhurst Reservoir in the area of the parking lot near the former bridge. Pinhead minnows were catching fish at nearly every cast.

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Fishing and Boating Report – July 13, 2016
Southern Pike & Wayne Counties

Anglers in the area have been having limited fishing success.  Fishing activity has been sporadic, although sunfish are still cooperating in the smaller impoundments.

Wyoming County

Susquehanna River water levels are low but anglers are reporting some success with Smallmouth Bass and Catfish. 

Anglers have been having success on area lakes.  The best strategy has been fishing in the early morning or evening hours, during the hotter weather we’ve been having.  Shady areas are the best targets, such as around tree lined shorelines or docks.  Also some lakes appear to be getting more aquatic plant growth than usual due to the hot dry conditions.

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Fishing and Boating Report – July 6, 2016
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.  

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