NE REGION REPORTS
REGION COUNTIES -- Bradford, Carbon, Columbia, Lackawanna, Luzerne, Monroe, Pike, Sullivan, Susquehanna, Wayne, Wyoming (County Guide)
Buy your 2021 Fishing License at: https://huntfish.pa.gov/
The 2021 Stocking Schedule is published and can be found here: https://fbweb.pa.gov/stocking/TroutStockingDetails_GIS.aspx
The Pennsylvania Fish & Boat Commission provides many free educational fishing, fly fishing, and kayaking programs throughout the year. For a complete program listing please visit: https://www.register-ed.com/programs/pennsylvania/191-sport-fishing
Western Bradford & Sullivan County
Bass anglers on the North Branch of the Susquehanna River are getting excited as the spawn has just about wrapped up and topwater action is heating up. Remember any bass caught until June 12 need to be immediately released.
Southern Pike County and Northeast Monroe County
Anglers in have been having very good luck catching large pickerel and bass in some of the larger impoundments. Anglers need to be aware Largemouth and Smallmouth Bass are still out of season and there is no harvest on these species until June 12th. For more information on seasons, sizes, and creel limits visit: https://www.fishinpa.com/
Although most of the district's trout streams have been receiving very little fishing pressure, there remains a good number of trout that have held over from previous trout stockings. The Aquashicola Creek, Pohopoco Creek (downstream from Beltzville Lake), Mauch Chunk Creek, and the Mahoning Creek have been popular choices by both fly and spin anglers to catch trout.
The Lehigh River has also been providing good trout, bass (catch & release) fishing opportunities in the vicinity of the Lehigh Gorge, and the East Penn Township section of the river.
Anglers have been reporting good success catching striped bass at Beltzville Lake near the Pine Run boat access during the evenings. Most Striped Bass have been caught using chicken liver and live bait. A few walleye have been taken in the area of the dam breast and near the power line area of the lake. Anglers have reported good success catching bass (catch & release) in the areas of Wild Creek bay and Pohopoco Creek bay.
Mauch Chunk Lake has been producing nice size perch measuring up to fourteen inches near the area of boat launch B. Chain pickerel have been providing good fishing action on different sections of the lake. Anglers are reminded that Mauch Chunk Lake is governed by Big Bass Program regulations. When in season and harvested, bass at Mauch Chunk Lake must meet the minimum size of fifteen inches.
The boating season is now fully underway at both Beltzville Lake and Mauch Chunk Lake. Boaters are reminded to make sure all of the necessary boating safety equipment; USCG Approved Wearable Personal Floatation Devices for each person, Fire Extinguisher (if required), Sound producing device is onboard their boat, and the boat is properly registered before venturing out onto the water. If you are unsure of the boating regulations, boating summary booklets are available at the Beltzville State Park Office and Mauch Chunk Lake Park Office. Motorboats and boats powered by an electric motor must display a proper motorboat registration. Unpowered boats such as canoes, kayaks, stand-up paddleboards, rowboats, etc. launching at Commission lakes or access areas (Mauch Chunk Lake) including PA State Parks launch or access areas (Beltzville Lake) must display either a Commission launch use permit or a PA State Parks launch permit or mooring permit. Remember, alcohol is not permitted at Beltzville Lake and Mauch Chunk Lake on both the water and shore areas. Laws pertaining to the possession and or use of alcoholic beverages are strictly enforced.
Striper fishing is taking off at Lake Wallenpaupack with reports of anglers catching their limits at night typically using alewife just off the shoreline of Mangan Cove Boat Access and around Epply and Kipp Island. Walleye are also biting on Lake Wallenpaupack at night all over the lake and around Burns Island. Bass season reopens June 12th and they are being caught regularly at Lake Wallenpaupack and White Deer Lake. Sunfish, pickerel, bullhead catfish, and good size perch are being caught at Shohola Marsh Reservoir.
Pike & Wayne County
Brown trout and Rainbow trout are biting on dry flies on rainy days on the Upper Delaware River from the Buckingham access upstream. Be aware that the Main Stem of the Delaware can become too warm for trout this time of year due to limited waterflow and high air temperatures. Please check the USGS Water Gauge at Lordville for water temperature which can be found at: https://waterdata.usgs.gov/nwis/uv?01427207 The West Branch of the Delaware River stays much cooler and will provide anglers and trout the thermal relief to fish without potentially causing harm to the trout.
Good size perch are being caught out of Greeley Lake. Brook and Brown trout are still being caught on worms out of Shohola Creek near the 84 overpass on 734 and at the end of the access road on the 180 State Game Lands. PFBC Mangan Cove Access/boat launch on Lake Wallenpaupack has reopened from its closure for repaving. For more information on the that project please visit: https://www.media.pa.gov/pages/fish-and-boat-commission-details.aspx?newsid=388
Reports compiled by Allan Schreffler (RA-FBNEFISHNRPT@pa.gov), Northeast Region Education Specialist, using information provided by Waterways Conservation Officers, Area Fisheries Managers and other PFBC staff.