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

Carbon County

Although most of the recent fishing activity has been occurring on the lakes in the district, there are still a number of the trout stocked streams in the district that have been providing good fishing opportunities.  Anglers fishing the Pohopoco Creek downstream from the outlet of Beltzville Lake have been reporting doing well catching trout on both fly, spinners and bait.  The Pohopoco Creek had recently received a trout stocking by a local sportsmen club.  Mauch Chunk Creek, Mahoning Creek, and the Aquashicola Creek are also good choices to get some trout fishing in.

Anglers fishing the Lehigh River from Jim Thorpe downriver to East Penn boat launch, Bowmanstown have reported doing well catching both trout and Smallmouth Bass.

Mauch Chunk Lake has been providing good bass fishing opportunities.  However, most bass that were caught were less than the minimum size of fifteen inches.  Mauch Chunk Lake is governed by the Big Bass Program Special Regulations and during the harvest period all bass must be a minimum size of fifteen inches.  Mauch Chunk Lake has also provided good panfish, perch action in recent weeks.  Minnow, meal worms and butter worms appear to work well as bait.

Striped Bass action remains good at Beltzville Lake during the early morning or evening hours.  Chicken liver, live bait, stick baits, or buck tail jigs have been effective for catching striped bass.  Bass were active in the upper reaches of the Pohopoco Creek Bay and in the vicinity of the Power Line area of the lake.  Panfish and perch fishing activity has been good in most of the cove areas of the lake.

The boating activity on Beltzville Lake, Mauch Chunk Lake, and the Lehigh River continues to be very busy on most weekends. Boaters are reminded that Beltzville Lake has several special regulated areas pertaining to Slow No Wake and Water Skiing and are reminded to consult the maps of lake that are posted at each boat launch indicating the special regulation areas. 

Boaters are reminded to check all of the required safety equipment including having an USCG Approved Wearable Personal Flotation Device for each person on their boat which also includes canoes, kayaks, and paddleboards before venturing out onto the water.  Please check to make sure your boat is properly registered.  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 including PA State Parks, Beltzville Lake launch or access areas 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.


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 NOTICE OF ACCESS CLOSURE: The Buckingham Access on the Delaware River in Wayne County will be closed July 6th through July 17th.  The access road and parking area will be repaved during this time.  There will be zero public access during this timeframe.

Wyoming County

Water temperatures and conditions have been excellent for recreational boating activities on lakes throughout Wyoming County. Lake Winola and Lake Carey have been busy with holiday recreational boating activity. The best times to enjoy lower amounts of activity on the bigger bodies of water are earlier and later in the day. As always, boaters are reminded to obey the slow, no-wake laws on any body of water. Those using jet boats on the river are being urged to use extreme caution and research the River thoroughly prior to making a trip due to low water. With the river being so low and clear, it is making for ideal canoeing and kayaking conditions.

 Fishing has been steady on the Susquehanna River with decent numbers of smaller sized Smallmouth Bass being caught on a variety of live baits as well as artificial lures.

Western Bradford & Sullivan County

Anglers targeting bass on the North Branch of the Susquehanna "can't go wrong" with anything according to one local angler. Tubes, top water and crankbaits all have been producing in the early morning hours before the main heat of the day hits.


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