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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 – November 19, 2014
All anglers across the state need to be aware that bear and then deer rifle season are starting over the next two weeks and run until Saturday, December 13th.  Make sure to wear fluorescent orange while fishing, a hat and vest will do the trick, to make sure hunters can clearly see.  On Sundays wearing orange is not required as hunting is closed on Sundays. Good luck and be safe!

Northern Columbia and Luzerne Counties

Boaters are reminded of the Cold Water PFD Regulations.  You are required to wear your PFD AT ALL TIMES when afloat in all boats under 16 feet in length from November 1st until April 30th.  This applies to all canoes and kayaks regardless of length and even applies when the boat is at anchor.  Be sure to boat safely and come home at the end of your day on the Commonwealth's waters. 

There have been skims of ice on small area ponds.  Here's hoping for a long and safe ice fishing season.  Make sure you check your gear now so you are ready for first ice.

There are plenty of trout left from fall stockings in all streams and lakes that received trout in October.  This cold weather may put them down, but make sure to get out and enjoy some trout fishing as we get a few warm days here and there.

Lackawanna County

This week’s recent artic air blast has caused anglers to take a pause from fishing.  Fishing pressure during the past week has been extremely low.  Several area farm ponds now have a layer of thin ice.

Water levels continue to be very low in the Lackawanna River and in some of the PA American Water Company reservoirs (Elmhurst and Curtis Reservoirs) that are open to fishing.

Work continues to progress on the Elmhurst Dam project.  The construction should have little impact on the 2015 trout stocking program in the Roaring Brook below the dam.

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Fishing and Boating Report – November 12, 2014
Western Bradford & Sullivan County

Bass and walleye continue to be active on the North Branch of the Susquehanna River.  Anglers in the Ulster area are reporting good results with jigs and spinners that are purple.  Live bait fishermen are not having great success at this time.

Sothern Pike and Wayne Counties

Anglers in continue to have good success fishing for black bass, crappie and panfish in the smaller impoundments using a variety of natural and artificial baits.  For anglers seeking solitude and great fishing, now is the time to get out and enjoy a day on your favorite waterway!

Pike County

This year has been an exceptional year for many anglers in the area.  One angler in particular has been putting in the time to find some great fish and has had an awesome fall full of fishing.  Andrew Kudingo, from Milford, has been targeting black bass this fall and has found them more than willing to take a properly presented lure.  Andrew is shown below with his latest catches, one being a nice Largemouth Bass and the other being a ‘surprise’ Chain Pickerel.  Congratulations on the catches Andrew!

Largemouth Bass

Chain Pickerel

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Fishing and Boating Report – November 5, 2014
Northern Wayne County

The fishing pressure has slowed dramatically.  The few die-hard anglers are being rewarded with good catches of Smallmouth Bass, crappie and walleye at Duck Harbor Pond.  Anglers have found success going slow and deep with jigs or live bait.

Long Pond and Upper Woods Pond have received the fall stocking of trout.  Anglers have had success using paste baits.

Southern Luzerne & Southern Columbia Counties

With recent rainfalls and cooler temperatures fishing on the Susquehanna River is picking up as fish begin to feed heavily in preparation for winter.  Success for walleye and Smallmouth Bass is being found with lead head jigs tipped either with soft plastics or leeches and minnows.

Local trout streams are again producing for anglers.  Most streams have many nice holdover trout, particularly the Nescopeck Creek and Lehigh River near Devil’s Elbow.

Action at Lily Lake and Lake Irena continues with both of these waterways receiving fall stockings of trout last month.  Now is an excellent time to be on the water!

Boaters are reminded of the mandatory life jacket wear regulation in effect November 1st for all boats less than 16 feet in length, and all canoes and kayaks.

Western Bradford & Sullivan County

Smallmouth Bass are putting on their feed bags and striking aggressively.  This time of year is also a great time to hit the trout streams and find those trout that have held over and are just waiting for your bait to drift downstream.  Many anglers have left the streams to pursue hunting opportunities, so find your way out to the stream!

Lackawanna County

Fishing and boating pressure has really dropped off over the past couple of weeks.  The water levels at Elmhurst and Curtis Reservoirs is extremely low.  Some anglers have been catching some nice brown trout in the Lackawanna River in the Dickson City area. 

2015 fishing licenses go on sale starting on December 1st.  Make sure to get yours!

Northern Susquehanna & Eastern Bradford Counties

With the low water level at Comfort Lake, anglers have had easier access to shore line fishing. Anglers are reporting doing well using spoons to catch Yellow Perch and Chain Pickerel.

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