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NE REGION REPORTS

REGION COUNTIES -- Bradford, Carbon, Columbia, Lackawanna, Luzerne, Monroe, Pike, Sullivan, Susquehanna, Wayne, Wyoming (County Guide


The Mandatory Cold Weather Life Jacket Wear is now in effect and runs from November 1st through April 30th.  You must wear a Coast Guard approved personal flotation device while underway or at anchor on boats less than 16 feet in length and any canoe or kayak.

Southern Luzerne & Columbia Counties

The month of November has produced some fine fishing across the district!

Anglers are reporting walleye and Smallmouth Bass catches with the top baits being soft plastics on a lead head jig and crankbaits.

With Francis E. Walter Reservoir drawn down to winter pool levels, panfish action has been good.  Once you find a fish stick with it because it is likely they are schooled up.  Right around the point seems to be the hot spot as of this report.

Anglers at Briar Creek Lake, Lily Lake and Lake Irena have had little trouble catching trout after the fall plantings.  Not much activity on the local streams.

Some anglers have been taking advantage of the beautiful fall weather and fishing the Lehigh River.  The payoff has come with some dandy trout being reported.

Northern Luzerne County

Anglers heading out this time of year need to be aware that they are not the only enthusiasts out enjoying Penn's Woods.  Hunters chasing everything from Grey Squirrels to Black Bear and Whitetails will be out there as well.  Anglers should consider wearing hunter safety orange items that safely identify them as they move around the woods.  We should also be reminded to be considerate of those hunting and avoid areas where a hunter is already set up when you arrive.  A little common sense and some courtesy can go a long way to ensure we all can enjoy what our Commonwealth has to offer this time of year.

Water temperatures have been falling all month and trout are ready to take your winter offerings along our stocked trout waters.  Remember that with lower water temperatures trout have less energy and are interested in conserving what they have.  Make your presentations large enough to warrant the effort the fish must make to pursue it or put smaller offerings right on their nose so they can't resist.

Western Bradford & Sullivan Counties

The North Branch of the Susquehanna River has produced great walleye activity as water temperatures continue to drop.  Jigging with a variety of colors seems to be most productive.

 

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Fall Trout Stockings will begin October 1 and continue through mid-December.  For more information and where and when the Fall & Winter stockings occur please visit: http://fbweb.pa.gov/stocking/TroutStockingDetails_GIS.aspx

 

The Mandatory Cold Weather Life Jacket Wear is now in effect and runs from November 1st through April 30th.  You must wear a Coast Guard approved personal flotation device while underway or at anchor on boats less than 16 feet in length and any canoe or kayak.

Lackawanna County

The cold weather has finally set in the northeast.  Fishing and boating activity is very quiet across the county.  Before the cold snap, anglers were still fishing at Merli Sarnowski County Park Lake and catching their daily limit of trout.  Even the few bass anglers are not having much success.

Western Bradford & Sullivan County

Anglers targeting bass in the Norther Branch of the Susquehanna River are reporting success using blade baits and jigging with brown-tailed plastics.

 

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.