|Northern Columbia and Northern Luzerne Counties
Anglers have been having some luck at Moon Lake in the evening and early morning. Anglers from the shore have been catching small panfish but those getting out in boats are bringing Largemouth Bass and pickerel to the net. Fishermen at Harveys Lake are finding it tough to get the fish to bite. Try to avoid weekends and mid-day for your best chances here. As things slow down and cool down here expect the fishing activity to pick up. For now, get out to depths between 20 and 40 feet and bounce a fathead about a foot off the bottom to try to elicit a strike from a hungry Brown Trout or Smallmouth Bass. Anglers at Frances Slocum have been finding luck off of the pier at the main launch within the park interior. Toss out your offering on the bottom and your patience should be rewarded.
Southern Columbia and Southern Luzerne Counties
Water levels have been pretty low on the Susquehanna River, and fishing pressure has been relatively light. However, those who have been fishing are reporting some success in the deeper holes, and at the confluence of the tributaries. Soft plastics and crankbaits seem to be the best bets.
Both Lily Lake and Francis E. Walter Reservoir are still giving up some nice crappies. Trout have been caught in the deeper sections. Francis E. Walter is being drawn down to winter levels, so boat launching is a challenge from the power boat launch. With the low water levels there, fish are schooling. So, where you find one, you are likely to find several.
Fishing on the local trout streams has been practically non-existent. Those hoping for some luck should try the DHALO Section of Nescopeck Creek. Please note, the creel limit in the DHALO Section is zero fish in possession and bait is strictly prohibited, including mere possession of bait in that area. There are no exceptions for anyone fishing the DHALO Section with regards to this regulation.
Anglers are reminded that Lily Lake is scheduled to receive its fall planting of trout on October 7th. The stocking at Lake Irena has been postponed from October 6th, to October 11th.
With fall right around the corner, fishing should pick up, especially on the Lehigh River, as fish begin to feed heavily in preparation for winter.
As we head into the fall, please remember the cold water period. Flotation Devices are required to be worn, beginning November 1st, by anyone in a boat less than 16 feet, and ALL canoes and kayaks, regardless of length.
Don’t forget to stop by the booth at the Bloomsburg Fair; Agency staff will be on hand to answer any questions you may have.
Trevor Dietz from Benton recently had some panfish action while fishing at the Riverlands, Luzerne County. This nice Bluegill was caught on artificial bait.
Generally, fishing activity appears to be slow in the area as the hot summer conditions and a lack of rainfall have kept water temperatures high. Most anglers have found the fish slow to bite lately but as the temperature cools and we get more rain that should change. Try fishing deeper than normal and in shaded areas to find cooler spots for the fish. Anglers should make sure to fish in the mornings and evenings when the sun is not directly overhead for the best chance of success.