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

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Western Bradford & Sullivan County

Carp activity is picking up in the North Branch Susquehanna River.  Anglers targeting carp are having good luck from shore using a variety of creative bait.  Bowfishing anglers are also reporting seeing and taking some nice carp when water conditions cooperate.

Southern Wayne and Northern Monroe Counties

Cooler water temperatures have kept Black Crappie spawning and anglers are having very good success continuing to catch them using a variety of natural and artificial baits.  Angers are also having great success catching sunfish in the smaller impoundments. 

Wyoming County

Weather and water conditions have been very good this past week, providing for good fishing conditions on local creeks and the Susquehanna River. Many anglers are still catching trout on streams such as Bowman's Creek and the South Branch of the Tunkhannock Creek to name a few. This is still a great time of year to get out and enjoy some excellent trout fishing in Wyoming County.

The Susquehanna River has been slightly stained but in overall good condition, and anglers are having decent results. Channel Catfish are biting on a variety of baits. The most productive catfish baits have been chicken livers and chunks of cut bait.


Carbon County

Although the in-season trout stockings are complete, anglers are reporting seeing and catching a good number of trout on most stocked trout waters in the district.  Live minnows, paste baits and spinners are working well.  Fly anglers are reporting good success catching trout on the Mahoning Creek and the Pohopoco Creek.  Although the Lehigh River is still flowing a little higher than normal, several anglers have reported good success catching trout using stick baits and spinners.

Boat anglers fishing Mauch Chunk Lake were observed catching nice size perch, bluegills and crappies.  Jigs tipped with a minnow appear to be working well. Anglers have also reported catching a lot of bass (catch & release only).  Anglers are reminded that the bass season begins on June 15th and Mauch Chunk Lake is governed by the Big Bass Program Special Regulations.  Bass harvested from this water must be a minimum of 15 inches, and the daily creel limit is four.

Boat anglers have been reporting good success catching Striped Bass at Beltzville Lake.  Most striped bass are being caught during the early morning hours or late in the evening.  Live bait, stick baits and chicken liver have been very effective.  Boating activity has been increasing at Beltzville Lake and Mauch Chunk Lake especially during the weekends.

  Brian Wilkins of East Stroudsburg, PA displaying two Striped Bass that he recently caught at Beltzville Lake.  One striped bass measured 34 ¾ inches, and the other measured 31 ½ inches. Both striped bass had a girth of 18 inches.  The Striped Bass were taken using live bait.

Boaters are reminded to check all the required safety equipment on their boats before venturing out onto the water.   In addition, 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 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.

Northern Luzerne County

The Susquehanna River continues to run fast, muddy, and high.  Catfishermen have been having the most luck with some Smallmouth Bass being taken here and there.  Area lakes and ponds are heating up and as the crappie bite starts to wane look forward to the sunfish turning on.  Bullhead catches have been spotty but on good nights the time is well worth it.

Southern Luzerne & Columbia County

With the in-season trout stockings completed, anglers are having no problems at all enjoying the local trout streams.  As these fish have acclimated to their new environments, anglers should be switching to more natural baits these fish are now feeding on.  Best bets seem to be small minnows, worms, grubs, etc.

The local impoundments such as FEW Reservoir, The Ice Lakes and Lily Lake are giving up pickerel and panfish, with live bait seeming to be the best choice.

With the tremendous amounts of rainfall, the Susquehanna River fishing has been difficult at best.  Hopefully, this weather system will clear, and the fishing will pick up.

Briar Creek Lake has been giving up some nice carp as well as trout recently.

Boaters are again reminded to check all safety equipment for compliance, as well as any specialized regulations for the bodies of water you are boating on.  And of course, wear your PFD and don't drink and boat.


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