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Reports compiled by Allan Schreffler (, Regional Education Specialist, using information provided by Waterways Conservation Officers, Area Fisheries Managers and other PFBC staff.

Fishing and Boating Report – May 27, 2015
Monroe County

Private community lakes had a lot of small boating traffic this past holiday weekend. No life jackets seemed to be the thing most forgotten in the rush to enjoy the boat or kayak. Remember: One wearable and properly sized life jacket is required for each person on board. Also, children under the age of 13 must be wearing their life jacket at all time while underway.

Wyoming County

Fishing conditions in the county are as one would expect in the early summer.  Trout stream temperatures have risen to a level where any remaining trout have become lethargic.  Fishing in the Susquehanna River has been good with reports of anglers catching Smallmouth Bass, walleye and catfish.  Area lakes and ponds have been fishing well for bass and panfish anglers.

Northern Susquehanna & Eastern Bradford Counties

Now is a great time to get out after some panfish. Anglers have been doing well with worms and bobbers at several lakes in Susquehanna County. Sometimes this may be the only thing they'll hit; this just goes to show sometimes you don't really "need" all that fancy gear.

Kayaking and canoeing have really taken off in the last couple of years. Boaters are reminded to check to make sure their launch permits are current and always read posted signs! Launch permits are accepted on all PFBC and DCNR properties in the Commonwealth. While a boat registration may be a better option for folks planning to do some traveling in other states.

Northern Columbia and Luzerne Counties

With warmer weather on the horizon many anglers are getting ready for warm water fishing action.  Some may not be ready to let go of trout fishing quite yet though, for these folks I would recommend getting out to area Approved trout Waters that have recently been restocked.  Some great places to try are Pine Creek and Harveys Creek in Luzerne County and Briar Creek Lake in Columbia.  These three waters have recently been well stocked with trout as we wind the season down.

Some advice for boaters:  Change your lower unit oil = cheap insurance for your lower unit.  Remove your prop and check for fishing line, charge and check you batteries, inspect your fire extinguisher and thoroughly inspect your PFD’S!  Let’s make this a safe boating season!

Southern Luzerne and Southern Columbia Counties

With the stocking season behind us, the local waterways are providing more than ample opportunities for trout anglers and fishing pressure has been light.  With the warmer weather, it is best to fish early or late in the day.  Most anglers are finding success with anything from wax worms to power bait to artificials.

Anglers on the Susquehanna River are having success with walleye, especially below the Bloomsburg launch.  Musky activity has also been good between West Nanticoke and Mocanaqua.

Lily Lake continues to offer excellent fishing for trout, bass and pickerel, as well as panfish.

With the pleasure boat season fast approaching boaters are reminded to review the boating regulations found in the Boating Handbook, as well as local regulations on the waters you boat.

As always, boating and alcohol do not mix, and there is a zero tolerance for BUI in the district.

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Fishing and Boating Report – May 20, 2015
Northern Pike and Southern Wayne Counties

The fishing is really starting to pick up here in the northeast.  Lake Wallenpaupack is producing nice size perch and crappie, along with walleye and stripers. Lake Greeley has been good for pickerel and bluegills. Shohola Lake had a slow start but is now good for crappie, bass, and pickerel.

Boating season is now upon us. Remember to always be safe when out on the water. Registrations on boats need to be updated especially if they are displaying a 15, it expired on March 31st.  Make sure you include all the required safety equipment on your boat before launching it for the first time.

W. Bradford & Sullivan County

Anglers have been doing well throughout the region.  Fly anglers have been doing especially well on the Loyalsock Creek using march browns & slate drake imitations.  These hatches have really been hot and have had the trout looking up and on the feed.

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Fishing and Boating Report – May 13, 2015
Carbon County

Although most of the approved trout waters in the district have received the final in-season trout stockings for the year, most anglers have reported seeing and catching a good number of trout.   Some area clubs and organizations have also stocked trout in the local streams for recent fishing contests. 

Fishing pressure has been light to moderate on most area streams.  Successful trout anglers have been using live bait, minnows, butter worms and spinners.  Some streams have been flowing low and clear.  Most anglers have been reporting better success catching trout in the early morning or early evening hours. 

Anglers reported catching trout with some measuring from 20” – 23” on the Lehigh River near the Lehigh Gorge State Park, Lehighton and the Bowmanstown area.  Local clubs have been stocking the Lehigh River in recent weeks. 

Anglers fishing Mauch Chunk Lake have been reporting doing well catching bass (catch & release only), pickerel and some nice size bluegills. Crappie action has been slow.  Beltzville Lake has been producing some bass action (catch & release only) including reports of some striped bass being caught near the Pine Run section of the lake.  Since the warmer weather has arrived, the boating activity at Beltzville Lake has increased during the weekends.  Boaters are reminded that Beltzville Lake has a designated Water Ski Zone and designated Slow No Wake areas.  Maps of the lake are posted at both Pine Run and Preachers Camp boat launches which indicated the regulated zones.  Boaters should consult the posted maps before venturing out onto the lake.  Alcoholic beverages are prohibited at both Beltzville Lake and Mauch Chunk Lake. 

Boaters are encouraged to check all the required safety equipment on their boats such as wearable personal flotation devices, (required for each person onboard the boat and of the appropriate size including children 12 years of age or younger must wear on boats 20’ or less) type IV throw device (required on boats 16’ in length except canoes and kayaks), fire extinguisher (if required) and sound producing device.  Boaters are also reminded to check that the motorboat (including boats propelled by an electric motor) have a current motorboat registration.  Non-powered watercraft are required to display a valid PA Fish & Boat Commission or DCNR Launch permit to access PA State Park waters or PA Fish & Boat Commission lakes or access areas.

Monroe County

Anglers in the county have been out on the local streams targeting trout.   The hot, sunny days have made catch rates light recently but anglers who beat the heat and start fishing first thing in the morning have been reporting good success.  Anglers have been using many different types of bait but so far there has not been one go-to bait choice this year.  Overall, anglers using spinners have seen the most consistent action this year.

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