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

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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:

Wyoming County

The Fly Fishing Only Section of Bowman's Creek is currently flowing nicely, and a few large Brown Trout have been caught taking streamers and san juan worms.  The Susquehanna River has been fishing well with Smallmouth Bass fishing perhaps at its peak of the season. If water level and clarity remain favorable, fishing should do the same. Walleye are also being caught by anglers fishing the Susquehanna River. The best presentations for both Smallmouth Bass and Walleye have been jigs, jerkbaits, crankbaits, and live minnows.

 2019 Pennsylvania Fishing Licenses are now on sale!  Buy fishing licenses and gift vouchers at more than 650 agents across the state or online at: 

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:

 Southern Wayne and Pike County 

Low water conditions and unusually warm temperatures have slowed the fishing activity down in most lakes and smaller impoundments.  However, section 6 of Bushkill was recently stocked and anglers are having good success catching trout.

Lackawanna County

Lackawanna Lake, Merli Sarnowski County Park Lake and the Roaring Brook all received stockings of Rainbow Trout on Friday October 4th.  The trout were in fantastic condition. Anglers were catching fish on nearly every cast using live bait and a variety of different spinners. Don't miss out on some fantastic trout fishing!


Southern Luzerne & Columbia Counties

Throughout most of September, the water temps have been warm, and fish have been sluggish. Those anglers finding success, were doing so mostly in the early morning and later evening hours.

The Susquehanna River has been giving up catfish at night, as well as some carp.

FEW Reservoir is producing some crappies, but the fall bite is still a few weeks off yet.

Pressure on local trout streams has been pretty much non-existent.  However, with fall plantings in October, that should change.

Milfoil on Lily Lake has kept most boaters and anglers at bay.  But, with the cooler temps on the horizon, that should improve as well.  All in all, it was a pretty good season.  Don't put that gear up just yet though, some of the seasons best fishing is yet to come with the cooler temperatures, as fish start to feed heavily in preparation for the colder weather.

Boaters are reminded of the Mandatory PFD Wear season is rapidly approaching.  From November 1st, through April 30th, all persons on boats less than 16 feet in length and anyone in a canoe or kayak, regardless of length are required to wear a USCG approved flotation device.       

Carbon County

Although most of the district's trout stocked trout waters are still flowing low, several anglers taking advantage of the warm fall weather have reported good success catching trout on the Pohopoco Creek, Buckwa Creek, Aquashicola Creek, and the Lehigh River in Bowmanstown.

Anglers are reminded that the during the extended trout season that the daily creel limit for trout is three combined species with the exception of the Pohopoco Creek from the outlet of Beltzville Lake downstream to the cable across the creek at the Hideaway Hunting & Fishing Club which is designated as both a Class A Wild Trout Stream and Stocked Trout Water is a No Harvest – Catch and Immediate Release area during the period from September 3, 2019 through February 29, 2020.

Anglers have also reported good success catching Smallmouth Bass on the Lehigh River near Lehighton, Parryville, and the Bowmanstown section of the river.  Anglers are reminded that bass harvested from rivers and streams during the period from October 1st through December 31st must be a minimum size of 15 inches, and the daily creel limit is 4 combined species.

Anglers have reported good success catching bass at Mauch Chunk Lake, but most bass are less than the minimum size of 15 inches.  Big Bass Program Special Regulations apply at Mauch Chunk Lake. 

Striped Bass action still remains good at Beltzville Lake during the early morning or evening hours.  Bass action appears to be good near the dam breast, power line area, and the upper reaches of the Pohopoco Creek Bay area. 

Boating activity at Beltzville Lake continues to be busy during the weekends with the warmer weather continuing.  Boaters are reminded that although the regulatory Slow No Wake, Water Ski, and Boats Keep Out buoys will be removed from the lake for winter maintenance, the regulations pertaining to the lake are still in effect and enforced.  Maps are posted at each boat launch indicating the special regulation areas of the lake.

Wyoming County

The Susquehanna River is currently running low and clear, making navigation tricky for jet drive boats to navigate from one pool to the next. The river conditions are perfect for canoes and kayaks. The fishing has been steady with good numbers of Smallmouth Bass being caught throughout the river. Best baits have been hellgrammites and soft plastic jigs. Early morning and evening is producing some top water action for fly fishermen and spin fishermen. The occasional large walleye is being caught by anglers on a variety of live and artificial bates.

Fall trout fishing is looking to be great as water temperatures are cooling. The Fly Fishing Only Section of Bowman's Creek is scheduled to be stocked on Monday, September 30.

Northern Luzerne County

Water temperatures in area lakes and ponds remained extremely warm through mid-September.  Fishing activity was overall lower than normal and those who did get out were experiencing some quiet days on the water.  Those experiencing the greatest success were using topwater baits in the evening and into the night.  Structure and cooler water (think spring seeps and tributaries seemed to gather fish seeking cover and cooler more oxygenated water.

The Susquehanna River was in good shape for fishing the early part of the month but has been falling precipitously since.  Fish are crowding into deeper pools, near areas of mechanical aeration (like riffles at the heads of polls).  Catfish have been more than happy to latch onto whatever is being thrown at them from cheese, to liver and even shrimp.  Bass have been more active in the evenings and some white fly hatches have been bringing them to the top.

Susquehanna County


 PFBC provided canoeing and kayaking safety instruction at the Susquehanna County Youth Field day held on September 28th at the New Milford Rifle and Pistol Club.  52 participants, ages 6 through 15 and many of their parents, were also taught were .22's / riflery , archery and shotgunning ( clay birds , trap shooting )


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