NE REGION REPORTS
REGION COUNTIES -- Bradford, Carbon, Columbia, Lackawanna, Luzerne, Monroe, Pike, Sullivan, Susquehanna, Wayne, Wyoming (County Guide)
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Columbia & Southern Luzerne Counties
Impoundments have been producing fish, but fishing on the creeks and Susquehanna River can only be described as frustrating. Recent rains have many of the creeks and the Susquehanna River high and muddy.
With the seasonal draw down in effect, Francis E. Walter Reservoir has crappie and other panfish stacking up and anglers, especially those fishing from kayaks, are doing well. Finding the fish, is the key and a sonar unit will improve your chances greatly. The point, at the confluence of the Lehigh River and Bear Creek seems to be a hot spot. The best bait has been a fathead/jig combination.
Lily Lake has been producing good numbers and sizes of crappies. Lily Lake, Briar Creek Lake and Lake Irena are all scheduled for fall stockings of trout. Remember the daily limit is now reduced to 3 and only in Stocked Trout Waters. The rest of the waterways have a 0 creel and possession limit for trout.
Wyoming & Southwest Susquehanna Counties
The Susquehanna River remains off colored, which is making it less than ideal for Smallmouth Bass anglers. Fish are still being caught on crankbaits and dark colored jigs, fished slowly. Channel Catfish have been biting nightcrawlers and cut-bait, especially in the evening and night hours. Anglers are still catching trout on Bowmans Creek using flies as well as wax worms. The area from the fly fishing only stretch to the confluence with the Susquehanna River has been productive. Lake Winola and Lake Carey have also been locations where anglers are having success catching some nice sized bass on a variety of artificial lures. If the weather cooperates, September should be a great month to enjoy a wide variety of fishing opportunities in Wyoming County.
Due to the recent storm events, most of the trout stocked streams in the district were flooded and unfishable. Hopefully, within the next few days the streams will return to normal flow rates.
The Lehigh River is currently flowing very high, and in most areas beyond the normal shoreline areas creating strainers. Although, the Lehigh River is popular for whitewater rafting and kayaking, boaters should currently refrain from attempting to go out on the river. Often boaters will attempt to go out on the Lehigh River during the course of very high water event only to find out later they need to be rescued along with possibility of sustaining injuries, and in some cases a fatal accident could occur. Please check the flow rate of the river and know your experience and limits before venturing out onto the river. Remember, going out on the river after a major storm event not only places you or your passengers at risk, it also risks the lives of emergency responders performing a water rescue.
The boat launches at Beltzville Lake were closed during the Labor Day weekend due to the high waters. Boaters are encouraged to contact the Beltzville State Park Office to check if the launch areas are open prior to traveling to the lake.
Mauch Chunk Lake, even with higher water levels due to the recent storms, remained opened for boating and fishing. Anglers have reported good success catching bass, pickerel, and bluegills fishing from a boat and along the shore. Most bass caught were less than the required minimum size of 15 inches required by the lake's Big Bass Special Regulations. Posters are posted at the lake detailing its special regulations. Anglers also reported catching some large size pickerel. The panfish action appears to be good around boat launch A.
Boater are reminded that 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.
Southern Pike & Northeastern Monroe Counties
Remnants of Hurricane Ida have left streams and lakes very high in the region. Fishing activity has slowed but anglers are having some luck catching panfish using natural bait on some of the smaller impoundments.
Columbia & Southern Luzerne Counties
Water levels were returning to normal across the district, with fishing and boating activity picking up on the Susquehanna River, but the remnants of Hurricane Ida have pushed the river levels high once again. The best fishing has typically been morning and evenings due to high water temperatures, the mouths of feeder creeks have also produced, but to a lesser extent.
The panfish bite has really started to heat up on the local impoundments such as FEW Reservoir, the Ice Lakes and smaller ponds. Most anglers have found the best bait to be fathead minnows. Also, with the upcoming annual drawdown of FEW Reservoir and the additional rain, anglers should have little to no problems fishing the Lehigh River as the whitewater releases begin to wind down for the year. Again, early morning and evenings will be the key times.
Briar Creek Lake, Lily Lake and Lake Irena are all scheduled to receive fall stockings in October. Check the website for more details.
Northern Luzerne County
The Susquehanna River has been fishing poorly the last few weeks. Levels are often high, and the water has been muddy. That has not stopped a few anglers from bringing in an occasional catfish and a rare Smallmouth Bass or two. Many smaller lakes and ponds have been struggling with algae growth. One of note has been the lake at Frances Slocum State Park. Often during these times of algal bloom fishing slows to a stop. Lake Jean has been providing some action for anglers who have been regularly catching some decent bass and more pickerel than they probably want to mess with. Harveys Lake has been slowing down on panfish activity, but some lucky anglers have been working schools of Yellow Perch moving around the lake in depths of twenty to thirty feet. Sonar is a must in tracking them down. Some Smallmouth Bass anglers have been targeting balls of alewife on their fish finders and have been rewarded for their efforts.
Pike & Wayne Counties
Lake Wallenpaupack fishing conditions are good this time of year due to the recent rainstorms keeping the algae at bay; just remember to be cautious boating with the possibility of debris washed into the lake during a storm event. Walleye and Smallmouth Bass are reported being caught around Burns Island and Paupack Glen. Stripers have been seen feeding around sunrise near the dyke and around sunset near Cairns Island and Burns Island. There has also been some successful catfishing occurring on the Delaware River near Matamoras.
Fishing is still in full force for both panfish and bass at the many lakes and ponds in the district. Trout anglers have also been having success on the Upper Delaware River while enjoying the beautiful views while fly fishing. Paddlers are still in full force as well, even with the cooler temperatures.
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.