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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 – 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. 

Note

All unpowered boats (canoes, kayaks, stand-up paddleboards, rowboats, etc) launching or retrieving at PFBC access areas and DCNR state parks or forests must have a current boat registration (issued by any state), or PFBC Use Permit, or DCNR Launch or Mooring Permit.  For more information, visit http://fishandboat.com/registration.htm.

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Fishing and Boating Report – August 20, 2014
Western Bradford & Sullivan Counties

Anglers using large black and orange colored spinners were eliciting musky strikes on the North Branch of the Susquehanna River.  If you are targeting these fish, just remember they are called the ‘fish of one thousand’ casts for a reason!  Use patience and cover likely water thoroughly.  Also, with the recent rain in the region the river is running perfect for paddlers!  Make sure to enjoy the mild weather and nice flows with a day on the water.

Southern Luzerne & Southern Columbia Counties

Fishing on the Susquehanna River continues to be good, with anglers reporting catches of smallmouth bass, walleye and muskie.  Most fish are still being taken on the old standby’s-soft plastics and lipless crankbaits.  Anglers targeting catfish on the river have also been doing well.

Lily Lake continues to produce bass in nice numbers, as well as trout and panfish.  Though, most anglers targeting trout are finding them in deeper water.

Activity on the local trout streams has been slow; those finding success are doing so by fishing the evening hatches. Stealth and presentation is paramount this time of year! Make sure to wear dark clothing and make sure your hat brim is also a dark color.  Wearing white or another bright color can be the difference between a great or poor day on the water.

As people start to shift focus to preparing for the upcoming hunting seasons, let’s not forget the abundant opportunities for some of the year’s finest fishing during the fall months.  Both Lily Lake and Lake Irena are scheduled to receive fall stockings of trout, and the DHALO section of the Nescopeck Creek is one of the most scenic stretches of the creek.  What better way to spend a crisp fall afternoon, that by being on the stream?

Susquehanna County

It’s that time of year when the Susquehanna River is low and launching boats can be difficult for the public and Conservation Officers alike. In some cases it may be easier if the boat trailer is positioned slightly off the ramp to allow more water under the boat. Please be respectful of the boat launches and don’t make a mess for others and don’t overestimate the capabilities of yourself or your equipment.

As the water cools in the fall boaters are encouraged to wear their PFD, as even an experienced boater can capsize their boat.

Southern Wallenpaupack District

Lake Wallenpaupack has provided anglers with plenty of action the past week.  Anglers are having good success fishing for walleyes using jigs and spinners with nightcrawlers.

All unpowered boats (canoes, kayaks, stand-up paddleboards, rowboats, etc) launching or retrieving at PFBC access areas and DCNR state parks or forests must have a current boat registration (issued by any state), or PFBC Use Permit, or DCNR Launch or Mooring Permit.  For more information, visit http://fishandboat.com/registration.htm.

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Fishing and Boating Report – August 13, 2014
Western Bradford & Sullivan Counties

The fishing has been great in the region for the past few weeks.  The North Branch of the Susquehanna River has been consistently producing nice Smallmouth Bass.  The lure of choice for anglers targeting Smallmouth Bass has been jigs topped with a spinner blade.

Southern Wayne County

Fishing has been sporadic at best this past week.  Most anglers are catching many small panfish but were unable to locate larger fish.  Now is the time of year for serious anglers to be fishing for larger fish during the evening or early morning.  Sacrificing a few hours of sleep can mean the difference between not catching anything or the fish of a lifetime.

Boaters on Lake Wallenpaupack should be aware lake levels have dropped and objects that were submerged are now visible, but still pose a navigation hazard.

Wyoming County

The Susquehanna River was slightly muddy over the weekend, apparently from heavier rain than we have had in this area.  Smallmouth Bass fishing was good, although on Saturday it seemed most anglers were catching smaller sized fish.  The river is in great condition right now, but is forecast to rise about one foot with the rain forecasted today.

Area lakes have been productive as well.  Anglers who don’t mind fishing in heavy weeds have been catching Largemouth Bass at Stevens Lake.  Trout anglers fishing at night continue to do well at Lake Winola.

All unpowered boats (canoes, kayaks, stand-up paddleboards, rowboats, etc) launching or retrieving at PFBC access areas and DCNR state parks or forests must have a current boat registration (issued by any state), or PFBC Use Permit, or DCNR Launch or Mooring Permit.  For more information, visit http://fishandboat.com/registration.htm.

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