Little to no fishing activity has been occurring on approved trout waters in the district. A number of the streams are ice covered. A few anglers fishing the Pohopoco Creek downstream of the outlet of Beltzville Lake have reported catching trout.
During the weekend, ice anglers at Mauch Chunk Lake were observed catching perch measuring between 13” – 14”. Pickerel action was also good with a few observed being caught measuring from 22” – 23.” Ice anglers also reported catching bass, but most were below the minimum size of 15.” Panfish action was slow at the lake. Live minnow, wax worms and butter worms appeared to be the best choice of baits. Most fishing action was occurring off boat launch B.
Ice fishing action was a little slower at Beltzville Lake. Ice anglers reported catching a few bass, pickerel including panfish in the upper reaches of Preachers Camp access area.
Both ice anglers and non–ice anglers alike are reminded that ice conditions on most Commonwealth waters are not monitored. Before venturing out onto the ice, drill or spud a sample hole and measure the ice as you move out from the shore. Stay alert for differences in ice thickness and appearances as you move. Never go out on the ice that’s less than four inches. Avoid areas where there are feeder streams and springs including dark, honeycombed or porous ice. Wear a life jacket or carry a personal flotation Type IV seat cushion including rope in case of an emergency. Always take a partner and let others know exactly where you are going and when you will return. Know how to dress for cold weather. Wear insulated waterproof boots, ice cleats, and a pair of thick wool or non-cotton socks including waterproof gloves. Wear handheld ice picks or spiked devices in the event of breaking through the ice, and you’re able to pull yourself out.
The recent cold snap has created some good ice conditions across the county. At Lackawanna Lake the panfish have been biting all week. Anglers have been doing well in the area of the swimming pool. Some of the private ponds above the state park have been producing some nice perch and largemouth bass. Early ice seems to always produce the best fishing opportunities.
N. Susquehanna / E. Bradford Counties
Many anglers are taking advantage of the hard water in Susquehanna County resulting in some nice fish. Most anglers have been using wax worms or minnows. An interesting trend has been that most anglers either have a Senior Lifetime License or a Multi-Year License. The convenience of not having to run out to get a new license, when the year changes, is good reason for someone to consider that Multi-Year License.
Ice fishermen have been active since the lakes have frozen. There have been ice anglers on virtually every public lake in the area, as well as many fishing smaller farm ponds and semi-private lakes. The most fish being caught are in the ponds in Southwest Susquehanna County. Successful anglers have been catching perch on minnows and wax worms.
Western Bradford & Sullivan County
Ice anglers fishing the North Branch of the Susquehanna River are having great success targeting walleye using minnows. Ice anglers on ponds and other impoundments are producing steady panfish with mealworms and wax worms on small jigs.
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