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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 – February 3, 2016
Carbon County

A number of ice anglers were observed or reported catching perch between thirteen to fourteen inches at Mauch Chunk Lake off boat launch B during the weekend.  Anglers have also been landing many sub legal bass and pickerel.  Most fish were caught using live minnow or jigs tipped with wax worms. 

Anglers also reported catching a few pickerel and panfish through the ice at Beltzville Lake off the Preachers Camp access area of the lake. 

Both Mauch Chunk Lake and Beltzville Lake still have open areas of water.  Ice conditions are not monitored on most Commonwealth Waters including Mauch Chunk Lake and Beltzville Lake.  Before venturing out onto the ice, it is important to take safety precautions to reduce the risk of falling through the ice. Anglers fishing the Pohopoco Creek downstream of the outlet of Beltzville Lake reported catching a few trout, but the overall catch rate was slow.  Fishing activity on most of the other waters in the district has been very light to no activity occurring in recent weeks.   

Lackawanna County

This past weekend there were plenty of ice fishermen out. Anglers had plenty of success using tip ups and live bait. There were reports of anglers catching large numbers of bass and pickerel through the ice. It was a great weekend for ice fishing. Anglers targeting panfish had success as well. Forecasted rain and warmer weather this week may begin to deteriorate some ice. Anglers all reminded to check ice conditions before venturing out.

Northern Wayne

Unseasonably warm weather has kept the ice thickness in the district at considerably less than normal.  Some lakes and ponds still have open water.  Hard-water anglers should proceed with caution and wear a personal floatation device while venturing on the ice.

The Bluegill fishing at White Oak Pond has declined.  However, the anglers are catching pickerel and bass in droves.  The perch, crappie, bass and especially pickerel are hitting like crazy.  If you get out make sure to try a medium shiner on a tip-up.

Southern Luzerne & Southern Columbia County

With shelf ice along much of the shoreline fishing pressure has been light on the Susquehanna River this month.  However, we finally have fishable ice on most of the impoundments in the district.  Anglers were catching trout through the ice at Lily Lake and some anglers were doing well with panfish at Francis E. Walter Reservoir, as well as Penn Lake over the last week of January.  Unfortunately, with warmer than usual temperatures, and rain in the forecast this week, it is unknown just how much ice will be left.  Anglers are advised to use extreme caution, ICE CONDITIONS ARE NOT MONITORED BY THE FISH AND BOAT COMMISSION.  It is the responsibility of each angler, to ensure his or her safety on the ice.

Fishing on the local trout streams has been non-existent; there are still plenty of holdover trout in the local creeks, as well as the Delayed Harvest Artificial Lures only section of the Nescopeck Creek.

With stocking season right around the corner, anglers are encouraged to get out and experience a stocking if you have never participated.  To those who are regulars at such an event, thank you in advance and I look forward to seeing all of the familiar faces once again.  Schedules will be posted on the web site in the near future.  Stocking schedules can be found at: http://fishandboat.com/stocking

Reminder: The PFBC does not monitor ice thickness.  Ice thickness and conditions can vary greatly across the lake. Use caution as you head out onto the ice. A life jacket and a set of ice awls can be extremely important if you fall though the ice. Remember SAFETY FIRST: http://fishandboat.com/safety.htm

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Fishing and Boating Report – January 27, 2016
Lackawanna County

Anglers are now fishing hard water as ice has developed on many of the county’s lakes and ponds.

At Lackawanna Lake anglers are catching bluegills and some Largemouth Bass in the main portion of the lake. Some anglers have also ventured out in the Bullhead Bay Area. Jigging has been the most productive method of fishing. Some nice sized crappies have been landed as well.  Please remember that ice fishing is not allowed on the PA American Water Company reservoirs.

Northern Columbia and Luzerne Counties

We are finally starting to see fishable ice in the district starting with the smaller and northernmost lakes and ponds.  Remember to monitor ice thickness at regular intervals as you venture out on the ice for the first time.  Safety on the ice is extremely important; wear a PFD or float coat, carry ice awls and use an ice staff.  Decent catches of smaller panfish have been reported on Frances Slocum.  Harveys Lake is still mostly open water and as more ice is developed please be aware of the effect structure and ice eaters can have on ice near the boathouses.

An important reminder:  Lake Jean is under Catch and Release Regulation for ALL SPECIES until further notice.  No fish shall be kept, killed or possessed on this waterway.  Right now we are figuring on these regulations being in place for the next four years to allow the fish to repopulate the lake without the influence of consumptive fishing.

Reminder: The PFBC does not monitor ice thickness.  Ice thickness and conditions can vary greatly across the lake. Use caution as you head out onto the ice. A life jacket and a set of ice awls can be extremely important if you fall though the ice. Remember SAFETY FIRST: http://fishandboat.com/safety.htm

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Fishing and Boating Report – January 20, 2016
Northern Susquehanna & Eastern Bradford Counties

Anglers in Susquehanna County have been having luck catching Chain Pickerel through the ice with live bait. Anglers need to be cautious heading out on the ice as the ice thickness has been fluctuating with warm temperatures and rain.

Northern Wayne County

The ice has finally arrived!  Hardwater anglers are doing well at White Oak Pond.  Jigs tipped with wax worms are doing the trick for panfish and perch.  Largemouth Bass and pickerel seem to prefer shiners on tip ups.

Reminder: The PFBC does not monitor ice thickness.  Ice thickness and conditions can vary greatly across the lake. Use caution as you head out onto the ice. A life jacket and a set of ice awls can be extremely important if you fall though the ice. Remember SAFETY FIRST: http://fishandboat.com/safety.htm

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