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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 – April 27, 2016
Lackawanna County

Anglers at Lackawanna Lake under the Route 407 bridge have been doing well.  Successful anglers have found trout, Bluegills and crappies willing to bite while using fathead minnows and paste baits. 

The fishing has been a little slower at the PA American Water Company reservoirs Elmhurst, Curtis, Maple Lake, and Griffin Pond.

Boating traffic was pretty heavy over the weekend at Lackawanna Lake.  Many people were enjoying the weather fishing from boats, kayaks and canoes.

Wyoming County

Now is a good time for anglers in the area.  In-season trout stockings have begun and there are still trout to be caught from the pre-season as well.  Lake Winola is fishing well for trout and bass anglers are find success there as well.  The Susquehanna River is in good shape.  Anglers are having success everywhere on the river right now. 

Boaters are again reminded, of the mandatory PFD wear period is in effect through April 30th.  This applies to anyone in a boat less than 16 feet, and ALL canoes and kayaks.

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Fishing and Boating Report – April 20, 2016
Carbon County

The arrival of the warm weather on the Regular Opening Day of Trout season brought out many anglers to the Stocked Trout Waters in the district.  A number of anglers were observed or reported catching their limit.  The streams were flowing at normal levels and gained color which made for better conditions to catch trout.  Most trout were caught on paste baits, spinners, live minnow and night crawlers.  Although most of the Stocked Trout Waters in the district received medium to heavy pressure on the opening day, anglers were still reporting seeing and catching their limit of trout on Sunday.  Anglers fishing the Lehigh River from Lehighton down river to Bowmanstown have reported catching trout during the weekend. A few anglers were also observed catching some nice size crappie in the Lehigh Canal near Weissport and Lock 7 during the weekend.

Anglers are reminded that most stocking & fishing access areas along the Stocked Trout Waters in the District have occurred as a result of the landowner agreeing to allow access.  Anglers are encouraged to respect the rights of the landowner and refrain from starting open fires, littering, blocking gates or access to the landowner’s property.    

The in-season trout stockings in the district have begun as of April 18th.  On April 21st, the Nesquehoning Creek, Mauch Chunk Creek, and the Lehigh Canal will receive an in-season trout stocking.  Persons interested in assisting with the stocking can meet the stocking truck at 12:15 pm along the dirt pull off at the intersection of Stock St. (RT 54) & Park Ave., Nesquehoning
  
Anglers fishing both Beltzville Lake and Mauch Chunk Lake have reported some good bass action (Catch & Immediate Release Only).  Striped Bass action at Beltzville Lake appeared to be good near the Trachsville area of the lake during the evenings.  One angler was observed with a 32 inch striped bass.
 Boat anglers and boaters are reminded that although the regulatory buoys such as Slow No Wake, Water Ski Zone are not in place at Beltzville Lake, the regulations pertaining to those areas are still in effect and enforced. A map of the lake is posted at each boat launch indicating the regulated areas. 

Boaters are reminded to check all the necessary safety equipment on their boats before venturing out onto the water such wearable personal floatation devices ( required for each person, must be of the appropriate size, mandatory wear period is in effect through April 30th.  This applies to anyone in a boat less than 16 feet, and canoes and kayaks), throwable flotation device (if required) fire extinguisher (if required), sound producing device and navigation lights.  Also, make sure the boat is properly registered (propelled by electric motor, gas).  Non-powered watercraft such as canoes, kayaks, rowboats using Fish & Boat Commission lakes, access areas including PA State Parks lakes must display either a valid PFBC Launch Permit, or valid boat registration or PA State Parks Launch Permit or Mooring Permit.
    
A Basic Boating Education Course is being offered at Beltzville State Park on April 25th, and April 27th, from 6pm – 10pm each night.  There is no charge for the course, but all participants must pre-register, and attend both sessions.  Persons interested in attending the course should contact the Park Office at 610-377-0045 to pre-register.

Lackawanna County

Many anglers throughout the district had a fantastic opening day of trout season and caught many stocked trout on minnows, paste baits, spinner baits, and worms. Some hot spots have been Roaring Brook, South Branch Tunkhannock, and Lackawanna Lake. This week DeSandis Pond, Roaring Brook (Scranton and Dunmore), Aylesworth Reservoir and Merli-Sarnowski County Park Lake will be stocked. Also, with rising water temperatures anglers have been catching good numbers of crappies but the best has yet to come and we are anticipating the bite to increase as the water temperatures rise. Remember we are still within the cold weather time frame and it is mandatory to wear PFDs (Lifejackets) when operating all canoes, kayaks, and boats under 16 feet. Stay safe and good luck!   

Northern Pike & Southern Wayne Counties

Anglers have been enjoying the nice weather here in the northeast. The bass have been biting on Lake Wallenpaupack and Shohola along with crappie and bluegills. Boaters are reminded to the PFD requirements until April 30th. Trout season is in full swing with many anglers having great success 

Western Bradford & Sullivan Counties

This opening weekend was a success in the district.  Trout were fairly cooperative with a majority of anglers reporting success with minnows or mealworms.  Anglers fishing from boats are reminded of mandatory PFD usage and are encouraged to consult their boating handbook or www.fishandboat.com.

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Fishing and Boating Report – April 13, 2016
Carbon County

On April 16th at 8 am, the Regular Opening Day for Trout will begin on the Stocked Trout Waters in the district.  Due to some recent rain events, most streams are now flowing at normal levels and gained some color, which is great news for anglers.  Anglers are reminded that most stocking & fishing access areas along the Stocked Trout Waters in the District have occurred as a result of the landowner agreeing to allow access.  Anglers are encouraged to respect the rights of the landowner and refrain from starting open fires, littering, blocking gates or access to the landowner’s property.

Although the April 2nd was the Regional Opening Day for Trout on the Lizard Creek and Mahoning Creek a number of anglers are still seeing and catching trout.  Most fish are being caught on spinners, live minnow and paste baits.
 
On April 18th, the Aquashicola Creek, Buckwa Creek (Monroe County) and the Princess Creek (Monroe County) will receive an in-season trout stocking.   Persons interested in assisting with the stocking should meet the stocking truck at the Aquashicola Post Office at 12:00 pm.  On April 19th, the Lizard Creek will receive an in-season trout stocking.  Persons interested in assisting with this stocking should meet the stocking truck at the rear of the Andreas Post Office at 11:30 pm.

A Basic Boating Education Course is being offered at Beltzville State Park on April 25th, and April 27th, from 6pm – 10pm each night.  There is no charge for the course, but all participants must pre-register, and attend both sessions.  Persons interested in attending the course should contact the Park Office at 610-377-0045 to pre-register.

Northern Columbia and Luzerne Counties

Recent rains have brought levels up and provided much needed water to the aquifers.  Water levels and conditions should be close to perfect for fishing on area streams for Opening Day of trout this Saturday April 16th.  Water temperatures, they have been in the 38 - 42 degree range over the past week in waters throughout the district.  Stonefly hatches have been expectedly prolific during most of the stockings and quite recently caddis have been seen hatching on Fishing Creek.

Good luck this year and hope you all stay safe!  Remember to pick up all your trash before you leave and to pick up after those less considerate.  A little courtesy goes a long way to keeping waters open to fishing!  Remember, it's all about the kids; they are the future of our sport.

Before you take that boat out check the following:

  • Is your registration current (remember that your registration expires April 1st of the year displayed on your validation sticker)
  • What is the condition of your PFD's and extinguishers?
  • Don't forget, on boats less than 16' and on all canoes and kayaks EVERYONE must wear a properly sized and serviceable PFD at all times on the water until May 1st!
  • Is the plug in?  Don't be that guy.

Lackawanna County

It appears that old man winter is still among us and anglers out for the Mentored Youth Fishing Day experienced snow, wind, and high flow conditions making the fishing difficult and the catches of many anglers were not as expected due to the winter like conditions. Anglers who did have some luck caught fish using paste bait, salmon eggs, and spinners.

The week of April 11th, the Fish and Boat Commission will be stocking Aylesworth Reservoir and Merli Sarnowski Park Lake in preparation for the opening day of trout season. Details of the stocking can be found on the Fish and Boat Commission website at fishandboat.com/stocking or the Fish and Boat Commission App.

It appears that stream and weather conditions are going to cooperate for the many anglers that are anticipating the 8:00 am start on Saturday for the Opening Day of Trout Season.  Good luck! 

Southern Wayne and Pike Counties

Fluctuations in water levels and temperatures have created less than desirable fishing conditions in the region.

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