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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 – September 24, 2014
Fall is officially upon us and fall trout stockings are starting next week across the northeast.

This is great time of year to get out and enjoy trout fishing!  Pennsylvania’s fall foliage provides the perfect scenery to go out and enjoy the outdoors.  Trout fishing can be tougher this time of year due to low and clear water but the fish will be more aggressive as the weather cools and spawning takes place.  For those waterways that aren’t receiving a fresh planting of trout, there are still plenty of trout left!  This summer’s mild weather has helped preserve fish that were not caught at the beginning of the season and there has been almost no pressure on most trout waters since June.  Make sure to get out and catch some of these great fish!

Columbia County

Anglers have been catching some nice Smallmouth Bass on the Susquehanna River between the PFBC Bloomsburg Access and the mouth of Fishing Creek. Boaters should use caution as the water is low right now.

Wyoming County

The Susquehanna River is in good shape for fishing, however boaters should be aware that the water flow is low and be on the lookout for rocks or other underwater hazards.  Anglers have reported Smallmouth Bass being caught in good numbers.   

Lake Winola continues to fish well for bass and trout. Anglers are also catching bass at Lake Carey. 

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Fishing and Boating Report – September 17, 2014
Luzerne County

While the rain this past Saturday did not have a lasting effect on stream conditions in the county, it did bring fish out of their summer loll for a few great days.  The Brook Trout fishing on local streams really turned on as the rain brought some much needed flow and made the fish not quite as spooky when approaching the stream.  The key to fishing was finding a nice pool with plenty of structure and undercut banks and standing back as far as possible and covering the water with gentle casts. 

Brook Trout habitat

The above picture shows a nice pool of water with all the necessary features to hold a few Brook Trout.  With great habitat and the added water flow, the fish were ready to feed! This hole in particular gave up six brook trout with a few approaching 8 inches, but sometimes it’s not the biggest fish that catches the angler’s eye.

Brook Trout
This beautiful Brook Trout was fooled on a size 14 royal wulff and while the smallest fish caught, it’s spectacular dark coloration and defined speckles really made this the trophy of the day!

Northern Susquehanna & Eastern Bradford Counties

Hunters who are looking to hit the Susquehanna River for ducks and geese are reminded to check their boats for safety equipment. For some this may be the only time they go out or maybe they have a special boat just for hunting. If this is the case take a look at those PFD's and fire extinguishers as they may no longer be serviceable. Also, remember to keep safety first and make sure that shotgun is unloaded anytime the boat is underway!

Western Bradford & Sullivan County

Anglers and boaters on the North Branch Susquehanna River are reminded to be vigilant when operating boats on the river.  Always proceed with caution, even if you are familiar with the river, as the levels are VERY low and new hazards are present.

Anglers have been catching many nice bass this past week as well.  The Bass are striking top water and crankbaits are exceptionally well.

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Fishing and Boating Report – September 10, 2014
Southern Pike and Southern Wayne Counties

Fishing activity has been very slow this past week. Anglers have not been finding much success throughout the district.  Anglers should watch the weather closely and make sure to get out and fish if we see rain.  Fish the streams as they are rising, this will put the fish that are currently not active on the feed and should provide excellent fishing opportunities.

Luzerne County

Local streams are very low and the fishing has been very slow.  Local wild trout streams, including Arnolds Creek and Huntingdon Creek, have had little to no pressure but they have not been rewarding the few anglers fishing.  While the weather has been cool, the predicted rain has continually not happened.  Our streams need to start seeing some precipitation or it could make for a long and slow fall for fishing.

Monroe County

While the fishing has been very good so far during the summer, it seems that the arrival of September has slowed the fishing considerably.  Private community lakes are not producing at the moment, but as the weather continues to cool we should see more bass action.  Fall may be the best time to target large bass and the current weather predictions are showing an early fall, so anglers should not have to wait long for the fishing to pick back up and we expect to see catch rates to go up within the next couple of weeks or so.

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