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NE REGION REPORTS

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


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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

Anglers took advantage of the spring-like weather during the past weekend and were catching and releasing trout below the outlet of Beltzville Lake.  Anglers are reminded that the section of the Pohopoco Creek from the outlet of Beltzville Lake downstream to the cable across the creek at the Hideaway Hunting & Fishing Club is designated as a Class A Wild Trout Stream and Stocked Trout Water.  The Extended Trout Season on this section of stream from September 3, 2019 through February 29, 2020 is No Harvest – Catch and Immediate Release Only. 

Trout action on Mauch Chunk Creek, and the Lehigh River at Glen Onoko area has been productive in recent weeks.  The Lehigh River has been flowing higher than normal due to recent rain events.  Buckwa Creek and Aquashicola Creek are streams that may provide good trout fishing opportunities this winter.  Sand Spring Run located at Hickory Run State Park is also a good choice to catch brook trout.   Anglers fishing Mauch Chunk Lake near Boat Launch A had some nice catches of perch and bluegills.  Beltzville Lake had produced decent bass action near the dam breast, and in the upper reaches of the Pohopoco Creek bay area of the lake.  Anglers were catching striped bass from the shore near the boat rental building.  Most of the striped bass were caught using live bait or chicken livers.  Anglers are reminded to have their 2020 PA Fishing License (Age 16 years of age or older) and a Trout/Salmon permit (if required) before venturing to the water. 

Most of the ice that formed on Mauch Chunk Lake and Beltzville Lake has now deteriorated due to the recent rains and warmer weather.  Future ice fishing opportunities will hopefully occur before the spring season, if colder weather arrives.

Boaters are reminded that the regulatory buoys such as Slow No Wake, Water Ski Zone have been removed from Beltzville Lake for the winter season.  Although the buoys have been removed, the regulations pertaining to the regulatory zones are still in effect and enforced.  Maps of Beltzville Lake are posted at each boat ramp indicating the regulatory zones. 

Lackawanna County

Above normal temperatures have put a dash to the hopes of anyone thinking of ice fishing in Lackawanna County.  As of Saturday, January 11th, there is no safe ice in the county.

Monroe County

Unseasonably warm temperatures and recent rain events have degraded the ice in the Northern part of the county and conditions are unsafe for ice fishing.

The Princess Creek and portions of Buckwa Creek have provided good trout fishing opportunities so far this winter

Pike County

The Pike County side of Lake Wallenpaupack is almost completely free of ice.  Warm temperatures and winds have taken away most of the ice.  Small areas in Millbrook Cove, Pine Crest and around Lighthouse have minimal ice as of January 11th

Wayne County

Warmer than normal temperatures along with heavy winds have taken away nearly all the ice which existed along the Wayne County side of Lake Wallenpaupack.  The Mangan Cove access area is mostly open.  A very small area near the handicap access dock has minimal ice as of Saturday, January 11th.  Several anglers tried their hand at open water fishing in Mangan Cove, but the strong winds prevented them from having any kind of good experience on Saturday. Just 10 days ago, anglers were ice fishing in Ledgedale.  Ledgedale is now free of ice.  

 

 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

Southern Luzerne & Columbia Counties

It's that time of year again as those that do not hunt seem to be in a transition phase, eagerly awaiting that first ice or spring's trout season. That truly is a shame since some great trout fishing is happening right now.

The few anglers that have been out are having luck on the Lehigh River and Fishing Creek.  The Nescopeck is also handing over some dandy trout mostly in the Delayed Harvest Artificial Lures Only section.

Francis E. Walter Reservoir is down at winter pool levels and skim ice has made fishing impossible.

Lily LakeLake Irena and Briar Creek Lake have all received fall stockings but again skim ice has made fishing not possible.  Lily Lake has been drawn down lower than normal to kill off some of the excessive weed growth in the lake. 

There has been little activity on the Susquehanna River as well.  Smallmouth and walleye can still be caught right now with patience and fortitude. 

Just a reminder as we draw deeper into winter, don't forget to stop by the PFBC's booth at the Early Bird Sports Expo later this month.  You can purchase your fishing license, or just stop by to chat and show us those pictures of the big ones you caught in 2019!

Wyoming County

Currently the Susquehanna River conditions are favorable for walleye fishermen. Anglers have been catching nice sized walleye on the Susquehanna River from Falls to Laceyville. A few experienced walleye anglers caught and released over 20 walleye during an outing in the Tunkhannock area this past week. The most productive presentations have been plastic swimbaits on a jighead, fished slowly. With the heavy rains predicted, the river will rise making for tough conditions soon. Without having good ice fishing conditions, fishing elsewhere is hard to come by. Some anglers have had luck fishing open water ponds for panfish using nightcrawlers.

 

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.