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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 – July 1, 2015
Northern Pike and Southern Wayne Counties

With all the rain and high water levels, fishing has been very slow across the region.  Panfish and pickerel seem to be the fish that are being caught on a regular basis.

Boating has been slow as a result of all the rain as well.  Boaters are reminded to make sure all of their safety equipment is onboard and in good condition.  With the 4th of July holiday approaching there is always time to have fun and relax but drinking alcohol and driving boats is still a bad mix.  Make sure to be safe!

Northern Columbia and Luzerne Counties

Area waterways have been pretty vacant lately.  Water levels in the Susquehanna River have been all over the place and clarity has been less than optimal as well.  This didn't stop several fishermen from picking up a couple of keeper smallmouth and walleye in the Falls to Appletree area though.  Soft plastics and surface lures have been the hot ticket lately.  Anglers participating in the rain-soaked tournament that launched out of Union Access sponsored by the Nanticoke Sportsmen picked up a few nice bass as well.  Everywhere else fishing has slowed way down.

Boaters are reminded that alcohol and operating a boat do not mix.  Patrols will increase along area waters as the summer heats up and our officers have one goal, to keep everyone safe on the water this summer season.

Wyoming County

With all of the recent rainfall, the Susquehanna River has been high and I’ve not seen many people around.  Until the pattern of frequent heavy rain changes expect poor fishing conditions in the river.  Area lakes are producing though.  Lake Winola, Ford’s Lake (Lackawanna County) and Stevens Lake have all had descent fishing.  At Stevens Lake, you’ll have to contend with the heavy weed growth that has characterized the lake over the past few years.  Hopefully the weather pattern will change soon and normal fishing conditions will resume.

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Fishing and Boating Report – June 24, 2015
Western  Bradford and Sullivan County

Despite high water on the Susquehanna River, anglers are catching bass using a variety of crankbaits.  With more rain in the forecast make sure to be careful and respect the power of the water.

Current water flows for the river and many other streams can be found here: http://waterdata.usgs.gov/pa/nwis/rt.

Monroe County

Many local private community lakes have seen bass action heating up over the past week. Anglers fishing from small and stealthy watercrafts, like kayaks, have been doing the best. The bass are hitting everything from top water lures to real worms.

Carbon County

Although most approved trout waters in the district are receiving little to no fishing pressure, anglers are still reporting seeing and catching a good number of trout.  The Pohopoco Creek, downstream of Beltzville Lake, was recently stocked with trout by a local sportsmen club.  The Lehigh River has been producing good trout and smallmouth bass fishing opportunities from Jim Thorpe downriver to the Lehigh Gap area of the river.

Anglers fishing Mauch Chunk Lake have been reporting good success catching crappie, perch, pickerel and bass.  However, most bass are under the sub legal size of 15”.  Mauch Chunk Lake is governed under the Big Bass Program requiring bass must be a minimum of 15”.

Anglers fishing Beltzville Lake during the evenings have reported good success catching Striped Bass using chicken livers in the upper reaches of the Pohopoco Bay area of the lake.  Bass action has also been good near the power line area of the lake including the upper reaches of the Pohopoco Bay area of the lake.

Boat activity on Beltzville Lake has been increasing on the weekends.  Boaters are reminded that non powered watercrafts (canoes, kayaks, stand –up paddle boards, row boats) in addition to all of the necessary boating safety equipment are required to have and display a valid PA Fish & Boat Commission launch permit or PA State Park launch permit or mooring permit to access PA Fish & Boat Commission lakes, State Park Lakes or access areas.  Launch permits from other states are not recognized as a valid permit.  An unpowered boat may have a registration or launch permit, but is not required to have both.

Anglers, boaters and persons visiting both Mauch Chunk Lake and Beltzville State Park are reminded that alcoholic beverages are not permitted on both the shore and water.  The regulations pertaining to the possession, consumption of alcoholic beverages are strictly enforced.     

N. Susquehanna/E. Bradford Counties

Bass season kicked off pretty slow as far as the amount of anglers. The wild weather has kept most anglers off the water but those that have braved the elements have been doing very well. Bass have been hitting on jerk baits and soft plastics.

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Fishing and Boating Report – June 17, 2015
Wyoming County

Susquehanna River levels were a little high over the opening weekend of bass season, but there were some anglers who still having success.  With heavy rains in New York State, the river rose another three feet this week. 

With the Susquehanna’s current conditions, make sure to fish area lakes.  Lake Winola has been fishing well for Smallmouth Bass and trout.  Most of the lakes have had great fishing, as typical of early summer conditions.  Successful anglers have been fishing early in the day and in the evening to avoid slower conditions in the heat of the day.  If you are fishing during the day, fish in shaded areas where the water is slightly cooler and out of the direct sunlight.

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