NE REGION REPORTS
REGION COUNTIES -- Bradford, Carbon, Columbia, Lackawanna, Luzerne, Monroe, Pike, Sullivan, Susquehanna, Wayne, Wyoming (County Guide)
The 2021 Stocking Schedule is published and can be found here: https://fbweb.pa.gov/stocking/TroutStockingDetails_GIS.aspx
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.
Anglers are having very good success fishing the Bushkill Using a variety of natural baits. Pastebaits seems to be producing the best results.
Nice sized trout are being caught all throughout Wyoming County. Streams are currently running at moderate to low flows and cold. There are plenty of trout to be had but getting them to bite has been challenging at times. Anglers have had success on meal worms and spinners in streams. Anglers fishing at area lakes have had success on spoons. The hotspots have been Lake Winola, Bowmans Creek, Oxbow Lake, and West Branch Meshoppen Creek. If the weather continues to cooperate as it has this week, things should only improve from here on through the spring fishing season.
Northwest Monroe, Southern. Wayne, & Western Pike
Fishing in this area of the beautiful Pocono Mountains has been heating up lately. Anglers were out in bunches on opening weekend, enjoying the thousands of trout stocked by the Commission throughout March. Though the first day was a little slow for many individuals, cold temperatures and cold-water temperatures played a part in that. Regardless, individuals were just happy to finally be hitting the streams again. The consensus was that live bait, mostly nightcrawlers and mealworms were the bait of choice, but if you are going to go artificial, gold and silver spinners seem to be having some luck. As April is now upon us, we will continue to stock thousands of fish in some amazing streams and lakes as we begin to prepare for boating season, which is fast approaching.
Although the morning temperatures of opening day of the trout season was cold, large numbers of anglers were observed on most of the district's trout streams. Several anglers reported some difficulty catching trout in the morning, but as the temperatures started to get warmer anglers reported better success. Most trout were caught using spinners, live bait and paste bait. Some anglers were very successful catching large Rainbow and Golden Rainbow Trout measuring between 18 inches to 23 inches on the Buckwa Creek, Aquashicola Creek, Lizard Creek, and the Mahoning Creek. Fishing activity was lighter on Sunday and anglers were observed doing well catching trout on most of the district's trout waters that had sustained heavy pressure on the opening day of the season. Although the Lehigh River has been flowing higher, anglers fishing the river from Glen Onoko to Jim had also reported good success catching trout. In-season trout stockings are now underway in the district.
Anglers fishing the upper reaches of the Pohopoco bay area of Beltzville Lake near the Trachsville Bridge have been successful catching Striped Bass in recent weeks.
Bob Adams Jr. of Bath, PA proudly displaying the 18 ½ inch Rainbow Trout he caught on the Buckwa Creek in Little Gap on the Opening Day of the Trout.
Columbia & Southern Luzerne County
With another trout opener in the books, anglers have been flocking to local waterways this week, in search of some of the state's finest trout fishing. Due to colder weather and water temperatures, angling for trout the first several hours of the opener was challenging. Those finding success, seemed to be using in-line spinners such as Mepp's, Blue Fox or Panther Martins. Other producers were floating or shallow diving Rapala's or Little Cleo spoons. Once the sun was high and warmed things up a bit, traditional baits such as red worms, minnows and powerbait began producing. Regardless, in season plantings have begun and we can expect some great trout fishing for the rest of the season.
Activity on the Susquehanna River has been slow. I've spoken to many anglers and they all seem to have their own opinions as to why. Whatever the reason, once the temperatures warm up to a consistent level, we should find improved fishing.
Reminder: Anglers in the Delayed Harvest Artificial Lures Only Section of the Nescopeck Creek-THE POSSESSION OF BAIT IS PROHIBITED, regardless if it is being used or not. Check the website, or your Summary Book for the boundaries of this regulated section of the stream.
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.