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NE REGION REPORTS

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


This Program has been Canceled: On Sunday, March 22, 2020, Beltzville State Park will be hosting a Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission Basic Boating program from 9 am to 5 pm.  There is no charge for the class, but all participants MUST pre-register.  For more information and pre-register please visit: https://fbweb.pa.gov/calendar/Gridview.aspx?TN=boating_courses&DT=3/22/2020&ID=DDF03E8A-124F-4DE9-9BC5-083164A44C96&CAT=boating_courses&DAY=NODAY

2020 Pennsylvania Fishing Licenses are now on sale!  Buy fishing licenses and gift vouchers at more than 650 agents across the state or online at: GoneFishingPa.com

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.

Reminder: The PFBC does not monitor ice thickness.  Ice thickness and conditions can vary greatly across the lake. Use caution as you head out onto the ice.  A life jacket and set of ice awls can be extremely import if you fall through the ice.

Remember SAFETY FIRST: https://www.fishandboat.com/Fish/Fishing/Pages/IceWinterFishing.aspx

Columbia & Southern Luzerne County

Anglers should have no trouble finding fishing opportunities in the district's Trout Stocked Waters Open to Year-Round Fishing.  However, should you choose to take advantage of these opportunities, please remember it is unlawful to fail to immediately return those fish unharmed into the waters from which they came.  There seems to be a lot of irresponsible fish handling in these waters this time of year.  Anglers found mishandling fish may be prosecuted.

Also, please be reminded that a Trout/Salmon permit is required to fish rivers and streams listed as Stocked Trout Waters Open to Year-Round Fishing, regardless of the time of year.  This does not apply to lakes and reservoirs.

Waters in the district which fall into this category include: FEW Reservoir, Lehigh River (section 6 only), Lily Lake and Briar Creek Lake.  Check the website for additional waters, regulations and information.

With warmer weather recently, fishing and boating activity have increased on the Susquehanna River.  Walleye and smallmouth bass are being caught.  Anglers are reminded, that as of March 14, 2020 walleye season is closed and the creel limit is 0.  Bass season changes to catch and immediate release on April 18, 2020.  See the above comments pertaining to trout and apply here as well.

Boaters at Lily Lake should find comfort in knowing that plans are underway for the installation of a dock to be installed.  Once installed, anglers are reminded that they must yield to boaters attempting to utilize the dock.

On Saturday, March 07, 2020, Nescopeck State Park will be hosting a Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission Basic Boating program from 8 am to 4 pm.  There is no charge for the class, but all participants MUST pre-register.  For more information and to pre-register please visit: https://fbweb.pa.gov/calendar/Gridview.aspx?TN=boating_courses&DT=3/7/2020&ID=62EF2D16-188B-4C08-9A97-FAADECA9F5FA&CAT=boating_courses&DAY=NODAY

On Sunday, March 22, 2020, Beltzville State Park will be hosting a Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission Basic Boating program from 9 am to 5 pm.  There is no charge for the class, but all participants MUST pre-register.  For more information and pre-register please visit: https://fbweb.pa.gov/calendar/Gridview.aspx?TN=boating_courses&DT=3/22/2020&ID=DDF03E8A-124F-4DE9-9BC5-083164A44C96&CAT=boating_courses&DAY=NODAY

2020 Pennsylvania Trout Stocking Schedules are now available: https://fbweb.pa.gov/stocking/TroutStockingDetails_GIS.aspx

2020 Pennsylvania Fishing Licenses are now on sale!  Buy fishing licenses and gift vouchers at more than 650 agents across the state or online at: GoneFishingPa.com

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.

Reminder: The PFBC does not monitor ice thickness.  Ice thickness and conditions can vary greatly across the lake. Use caution as you head out onto the ice.  A life jacket and set of ice awls can be extremely import if you fall through the ice.

Remember SAFETY FIRST: https://www.fishandboat.com/Fish/Fishing/Pages/IceWinterFishing.aspx

 

Carbon County

Trout Stocked Waters in the district are closed to fishing from March 1st until 8 am on the opening day of trout season.  The Regional Opening Day of Trout (Lizard Creek and Mahoning Creek Only) is on April 4th is the Regular Opening Day of Trout (all other Trout Stocked Waters) is April 18th.

Anglers still can take advantage of trout fishing in quite a few  streams in the districas as the Lehigh River (0.33 miles upriver from the railroad bridge at Glenn Onoko and downriver to Mauch Chunk Creek) is a Stocked Trout Water Open to Year-Round Fishing. However, anglers are reminded that during the period from March 1st to 8 am on April 18, the Regular Opening Day of Trout no trout maybe taken or possessed. 

Mud Run (2.5 miles) which also provides year-round trout fishing opportunities is designated as a Delayed Harvest Artificial Lures area is located within the Hickory Run State Park.  Anglers are also reminded that no trout may be taken or possessed except during period from June 15 through Labor Day. 

Anglers are encouraged to consult the 2020 PA Fishing Summary booklet for further information on Special Regulations Areas as other fishing restrictions and creel limits apply.

On March 28, at 8 am, the Mentored Youth Trout Day will occur on the Trout Stocked Waters designated in the Regional Opening Day of Trout.  The Lizard Creek, and the Mahoning Creek in Carbon County are the only two Trout Stocked Waters in the district which are part of the Regional Opening Day of Trout.  All other Trout Stocked Waters designated in the Regular Opening Day of Trout are closed.

On April 11, at 8 am, the Mentored Youth Trout Day will occur on the Trout Stocked Waters designated in the Regular Opening Day of Trout. 

Youth anglers participating in the Mentored Youth Trout Days must obtain a 2020 Mentored Youth Permit or a Voluntary Youth Fishing License from the Commission and be accompanied by a licensed adult in order to participate.  Only youth anglers with a 2020 Mentored Youth Permit or a Voluntary Youth Fishing Permit may possess a total of two trout (combined species) with a minimum size of seven inches.  Adult anglers are prohibited from possessing trout.    

Anglers fishing Beltzville Lake have reported bass action near the shore of Pine Run access and Preachers Camp.  Striped bass have been active off the shore of the picnic woods area and at the Pine Run access.  Fishing action at Mauch Chunk Lake has been slow in recent weeks. 

Southern Pike, Wayne and Monroe Counties

Ice conditions have deteriorated in to a degree that the ice is either nonexistent or unsafe for ice fishing.

 

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.