With free water at the shorelines the region’s ice fishing is coming to an end. Accessing the ice has become no longer safe and is not recommended. You may be risking your own life and that of the rescuers too.
S. Luzerne / S. Columbia Co.
Unfortunately for most of us the water conditions seem to be in a state of transition between safe ice and open water. With the river still having ice jams and the frozen lakes pretty much unsafe for fishing there has been little to no activity within the district’s waterways. Fear not, spring is upon us and trout stockings are in full swing. Better days are on the horizon.
Those itching to get out of the house are encouraged to attend and assist in stocking of the local waterways. Not only is this an excellent way to do some “pre-season scouting,” it gives you something to do until trout season arrives.
William and Gianna Galletti assisted with preseason stocking Lehigh River this year. Thank you for all your help!
Reminder: Section 6 of the Lehigh River and FEW Reservoir are now listed as APPROVED TROUT WATERS OPEN TO YEAR ROUND FISHING. Fishing is permitted on these waters but no trout may be creeled or in possession. See the summary book, or visit the website for additional information.
Also, don’t forget the MENTORED YOUTH TROUT DAY, occurring on April 11th. Licensed anglers mentoring a child with a voluntary youth license or mentored youth permit can fish their favorite trout water that day and harvest 2 trout. See the website for additional information.
Anglers are reminded, that walleye season is now closed, and does not reopen until May 2nd. The daily creel limit will be 6, with a minimum size of 15 inches. Also bass fishing is catch and immediate release only beginning April 18th through June 12th.
Boaters are again reminded of the MANDATORY PFD WEAR requirements on boats less than 16 feet in length and ALL canoes and kayaks.
Although Beltzville Lake and Mauch Chunk Lake are still ice covered, ice along most of the shoreline areas has begun to erode making access very difficult. Anglers and others who may venture out onto the ice are reminded that ice conditions are not monitored on most Commonwealth Waters. Don’t try to extend ice fishing any longer than it is meant to be. The consequences of bad decisions are not worth it. Remember safety first.
On Saturday, March 28, the Regional Mentored Youth Trout Day had occurred on the Mahoning Creek. Although the colder weather was unbearable at times, a number of youth and their mentors were still able to creel some trout. It appeared that paste baits and minnow worked best.
On Saturday, April 4th at 8 am, the beginning of the Regional Opening Day of trout season on the Mahoning Creek and the Lizard Creek will occur.
As with most streams in the district, angler and stocking access is granted by permission from private landowners. As always, anglers are reminded to respect the rights of the landowner and to refrain from building open fires, littering, and blocking access to the landowner’s property. Respecting the rights of the property owners will help to ensure future access.
Anglers are reminded that although the Mahoning Creek and the Lizard Creek will be open for trout fishing on April 4th at 8 am under the Regional Opening Day trout season program, all other approved trout waters in the district are closed to fishing until April 18th at 8am. Anglers should consult the 2015 PA Fishing Summary for a listing of the approved trout waters in the district.
Fishing opportunities are fairly limited in the area right now. Approved trout waters are closed until the opening day of trout season. There is still a lot of ice packed on the banks of the Susquehanna River, making access impossible. With some luck and warmer temperatures over the next couple of days may clear the ice from the access at West Falls and provide an opportunity there.
Northern Wayne County
Ice fishing continues! Most northern lakes are still frozen. Upper Woods Pond was stocked on April 1st and still had 20” of ice. Warmer weather is finally in the forecast and ice anglers are reminded to be aware of changing conditions. It is recommended that any ice fishermen should wear a personal floatation device and carry ice awls.
Reports of bluegill, crappie, perch and bass continue at Prompton Dam and White Oak Pond. Duck Harbor Pond is providing some good perch fishing during mid-afternoon near the boat launch.
The West Branch Delaware River is beginning to open but most of the main stem Delaware River is frozen. Conditions on flowing waters are changing rapidly.
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.