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

Fishing and Boating Report – April 15, 2015
Carbon County

During the Statewide Mentored Youth Trout Day, both mentors and their mentored youths were successful catching trout on most of the approved trout waters in the district.  Paste baits, live minnow, night crawlers were the baits of choice.  Most streams received light to medium fishing pressure.
Anglers are reminded that although the Regular Opening Day of Trout season begins on April 18th at 8:00AM, the bass season will be closed through June 12.

Anglers are reminded that most fishing access areas to approved trout waters in the district are on private property.  Anglers should refrain from blocking driveways, gates, littering, building or tending open fires.  Please respect the rights of the landowners.  By respecting the rights of the landowners it will help ensure access to the streams for stocking and fishing in the future.

Boaters are reminded that during the period from November 1st to April 30th life jackets are required to be worn while on a boat less than 16’ in length and on all canoes and kayaks.  Before venturing out onto the water, boaters are reminded to check all of the necessary safety equipment on the boat such as wearable personal flotation devices including that the personal flotation devices are in serviceable condition meaning no rips or tears, zippers in working order including the straps and snap closures, type IV throwable flotation device ( required on boats 16’ or more in length except canoes and kayaks)  and a USCG Approved fire extinguisher ( if required) is in serviceable condition. 

In addition, please make sure the motorboat registration is current.  Non powered boats such as canoes and kayaks, etc. must have either a current Launch Permit from the Pa. Fish & Boat Commission or DCNR or a non-powered boat registration to access Pa. Fish & Boat Commission or DCNR lakes and launch areas.      

Pike and Wayne County

The ice has finally melted and the northeast is coming alive again.  Anglers are getting their boats ready and the opening day of trout is only a few days away.  Youth Mentor participants got to take advantage of fishing for trout last weekend with some success even though the waters were still running high.  Boaters are reminded that PFD’s are required by law to be worn until the end of April, so if you plan on using a boat on the opening day of trout “Wear It”.

Lackawanna County

Trout stocking is nearly complete in Lackawanna County in anticipation for the opening day of trout season.  The Lackawanna River is scheduled to be stocked this Friday. Water levels in the Lackawanna River are elevated. The water levels in most streams in the county are still elevated as of Tuesday, April 14th.

The shorelines have opened up at Curtis & Elmhurst ReservoirsMaple Lake is still not fishable as of Sunday, April 12th.

The mentored youth program was a huge success as many young anglers participated across the county.  Many limits were taken and a nice golden rainbow was landed in the South Branch Tunkhannock.

Tyler Ganz, age 5 of Montdale, was fishing with his Uncle, Jared Ganz, when he caught and released this Golden Rainbow in the South Branch Tunkhannock on the Mentored Youth Trout Day

Aidan Busacco, of Gouldsboro, was super excited to get out for the mentored youth day. Aidan was fishing the Roaring Brook in Scranton when he caught this nice trout with his Dad, Sam.

Wyoming County

Fishing opportunities will increase in the county this weekend with the opening of trout season.  As of now, there is still a significant amount of ice on Lake Winola and Oxbow Lake.  Hopefully by the opening day the ice will have melted.  Streams are a little high right now, but the weather forecast over the next few days looks good and streams should be in good shape by Saturday.  All of the pre-season stocking is finished. 

The Susquehanna River remains high and fast, but there were catfish anglers having some luck from the shoreline at Whites Ferry over the weekend.  Some of the lakes and ponds are clear of ice and there are opportunities for panfishing.

Monroe County

Approved Trout Waters saw light action this past weekend on the Mentored Youth Trout Day.  The anglers that did participate enjoyed the lack of angler competition and ability for the children to learn about fishing.

Susquehanna Couny

Golden Rainbow
Richard Diffendorf JR. (right) and mentor Chris Tinder (left) were successful on Snake Creek during Mentored Youth Trout Day

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Fishing and Boating Report – April 8, 2015
Lackawanna County

The following bodies of water are stocked or will be stocked for the mentored youth fishing day: Lackawanna Lake, South Branch Tunkhannock, Roaring Brook and DeSantis Pond.   With the cold water temperatures make sure you try a variety of baits and use a slower retrieval. 

Anglers venturing out in boats are required to wear a Coast Guard approved personal flotation device (PFD or life jacket) until April 30th while underway or at anchor on boats less than 16 feet in length or any canoe or kayak.   Also, remember to check your boats registration as they expire on the 31st of March.  Most boat registrations can be renewed on line.

Stocking crew
These dedicated sportsmen braved the rainy weather and muddy conditions to help WCO Walt Buckman stock the South Branch Tunkhannock. Left to Right: Glenn Mikolaczyk, Marty Dunay, Steve Leuthe, Jeff Dippel, Tony Kubilus, Chris Miller, “Fritz” Robertson, Ed Fortuna and fish culturist Morgan Wood.

Carbon County

Cold and windy weather conditions including higher stream levels on the Regional Opening Day of trout season on both the Mahoning Creek and the Lizard Creek resulted in anglers reporting catching less trout.  However, on the second day of the season anglers reported catching more trout as the weather became nicer and the stream levels returned to normal levels.  A number of anglers were successful catching golden trout with some measuring between 20 – 23 inches.  Paste baits, live minnow, wax worms and night crawlers appeared to work very well. 

 Although the Mahoning Creek and the Lizard Creek received heavy angler pressure during the weekend of the Regional Opening Day of trout season, anglers are still reporting seeing and catching a good number of trout.  Anglers are reminded that all other Approved Trout Waters are closed to fishing until April 18th at 8 am.  Please consult the 2015 PA Fishing Summary for a listing of the Approved Trout Waters.

On Saturday, April 11th at 8 am the statewide Mentored Youth Day will occur.  Youth anglers, under 16 years of age, can join a mentor (adult) angler who has a current 2015 PA fishing license and trout permit to fish the approved trout waters in the state.  As a reminder, the participating mentored youth must possess either a valid Mentored Youth Permit which is free or the Voluntary Youth Fishing License.  For more information on the Mentored Youth Trout Days program please visit  Anglers are also reminded that all approved trout waters may not be stocked prior to April 11th Mentored Youth Trout Day.

On April 13th and April 15th a Basic Boating course will be held at Beltzville State Park.  The course will be held from 6pm to 10 pm each night.  There is no fee for the course.  All participants must pre-register and attend both sessions.  Persons interesting in attending the course should contact Beltzville State Park Office at 610-377-0045 to register.  The boating safety education certificate is required for all persons who operate a personal watercraft or anyone born on or after January 1, 1982 who will be operating a motorboat of more than 25 horsepower.    

Wayne and Pike County

The ice here in the north east is finished and it has become unsafe to fish on the hard water anymore. Hang up your ice auger and ice fishing equipment and dust off your regular gear in anticipation of the opening day of trout.  The season is fast approaching and a lot of the waters have already been stocked.  The Mentored Youth Day is on April 11th and the statewide opener is on April 18th.  Go have fun and enjoy time away from your stressful jobs and relax along a stream or lake. 

Sullivan County

The first day of trout season is almost upon us and it would be much more difficult to stock all the waterways without volunteers that come out to help.  Thank you to all the dedicated sportsmen that come out and help stock!

Ava and Aleah
Ava and Aleah Robinson on their first trout stocking on the Little Loyalsock Creek.  Thank you for your help!

Northern Wayne County

Ice fishing has held on in the region and most northern lakes were still frozen as of last weekend.  Upper Woods Pond was stocked on April 1st and still had 20” of ice. 

Erlich with Golden Rainbow Trout
Erlich Brandt, of Honesdale, came out to help stock Upper Woods Pond and then enjoyed some great ice fishing. He caught and released several very nice trout including this Golden Rainbow. Congratulations and thank you for the help!

With the warmer weather this past week ice anglers are reminded to be aware of changing conditions. It is recommended that any ice fishermen should wear a personal floatation device and carry ice awls.

Reports of bluegill, crappie, perch and bass continue at Prompton Dam and White Oak PondDuck Harbor Pond is providing some good perch fishing during mid-afternoon, in the vicinity of the boat launch.

The West Branch Delaware River is beginning to open and most of the main stem Delaware River is still frozen but changing rapidly.

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Fishing and Boating Report – April 1, 2015
Monroe County

With free water at the shorelines the region’s ice fishing is coming to an end.  Accessing the ice has become no longer safe and is not recommended. You may be risking your own life and that of the rescuers too.

S. Luzerne / S. Columbia Co.

Unfortunately for most of us the water conditions seem to be in a state of transition between safe ice and open water.  With the river still having ice jams and the frozen lakes pretty much unsafe for fishing there has been little to no activity within the district’s waterways.  Fear not, spring is upon us and trout stockings are in full swing.  Better days are on the horizon.

Those itching to get out of the house are encouraged to attend and assist in stocking of the local waterways.  Not only is this an excellent way to do some “pre-season scouting,” it gives you something to do until trout season arrives.

William and Gianna Galletti assisted with preseason stocking Lehigh River this year. Thank you for all your help!

Reminder:  Section 6 of the Lehigh River and FEW Reservoir are now listed as APPROVED TROUT WATERS OPEN TO YEAR ROUND FISHING.  Fishing is permitted on these waters but no trout may be creeled or in possession.  See the summary book, or visit the website for additional information.

Also, don’t forget the MENTORED YOUTH TROUT DAY, occurring on April 11th.  Licensed anglers mentoring a child with a voluntary youth license or mentored youth permit can fish their favorite trout water that day and harvest 2 trout.  See the website for additional information.

Anglers are reminded, that walleye season is now closed, and does not reopen until May 2nd.  The daily creel limit will be 6, with a minimum size of 15 inches.  Also bass fishing is catch and immediate release only beginning April 18th through June 12th.

Boaters are again reminded of the MANDATORY PFD WEAR requirements on boats less than 16 feet in length and ALL canoes and kayaks.

Carbon County

Although Beltzville Lake and Mauch Chunk Lake are still ice covered, ice along most of the shoreline areas has begun to erode making access very difficult.  Anglers and others who may venture out onto the ice are reminded that ice conditions are not monitored on most Commonwealth Waters.  Don’t try to extend ice fishing any longer than it is meant to be. The consequences of bad decisions are not worth it.  Remember safety first.

On Saturday, March 28, the Regional Mentored Youth Trout Day had occurred on the Mahoning Creek.  Although the colder weather was unbearable at times, a number of youth and their mentors were still able to creel some trout.  It appeared that paste baits and minnow worked best.

On Saturday, April 4th at 8 am, the beginning of the Regional Opening Day of trout season on the Mahoning Creek and the Lizard Creek will occur. 

As with most streams in the district, angler and stocking access is granted by permission from private landowners.  As always, anglers are reminded to respect the rights of the landowner and to refrain from building open fires, littering, and blocking access to the landowner’s property.  Respecting the rights of the property owners will help to ensure future access.

Anglers are reminded that although the Mahoning Creek and the Lizard Creek will be open for trout fishing on April 4th at 8 am under the Regional Opening Day trout season program, all other approved trout waters in the district are closed to fishing until April 18th at 8am.  Anglers should consult the 2015 PA Fishing Summary for a listing of the approved trout waters in the district.        

Fishing opportunities are fairly limited in the area right now. Approved trout waters are closed until the opening day of trout season.  There is still a lot of ice packed on the banks of the Susquehanna River, making access impossible.  With some luck and warmer temperatures over the next couple of days may clear the ice from the access at West Falls and provide an opportunity there.

Northern Wayne County

Ice fishing continues!  Most northern lakes are still frozen.  Upper Woods Pond was stocked on April 1st and still had 20” of ice.  Warmer weather is finally in the forecast and ice anglers are reminded to be aware of changing conditions. It is recommended that any ice fishermen should wear a personal floatation device and carry ice awls.

Reports of bluegill, crappie, perch and bass continue at Prompton Dam and White Oak PondDuck Harbor Pond is providing some good perch fishing during mid-afternoon near the boat launch.

The West Branch Delaware River is beginning to open but most of the main stem Delaware River is frozen.  Conditions on flowing waters are changing rapidly. 

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:

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