NE REGION REPORTS
REGION COUNTIES -- Bradford, Carbon, Columbia, Lackawanna, Luzerne, Monroe, Pike, Sullivan, Susquehanna, Wayne, Wyoming (County Guide)
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.
2021 Fishing Licenses are now available for purchase. Don't forget to purchase your new fishing license for 2021!
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 a set of ice awls can be extremely important if you fall though the ice. Remember SAFETY FIRST: https://www.fishandboat.com/Fish/Fishing/Pages/IceWinterFishing.aspx
Wyoming County; Southwest Susquehanna; Newton &Ransom Township Lackawanna County
The Susquehanna River conditions are decent for walleye fishermen looking to get out and cast a line. The river remains high and stained but has dropped enough to allow walleye anglers to catch a few nice sized fish. The most productive presentations have been plastic swimbaits or grubs on a jig head, fished slowly. A Tunkhannock area musky fisherman has been putting in many long fishing days and was rewarded and able to start 2021 off with a 40" Musky.
Lastly, a few brave ice fishermen were able to get out onto Fords Lake last weekend and had some success catching bluegills on live bait. Anglers are reminded to take every precaution possible when venturing onto ice to determine thickness and when fishing.
Western Bradford & Sullivan County
Stephen Foster Lake, at Mt. Pisgah State Park, finally has some hard water fishing opportunities. Anglers are reporting a light bite on jigs topped off with a wax worm. Anglers using minnows said the bite was slow.
Ice fishing Is heating up at Tobyhanna Lake in Tobyhanna State Park and Brady's Lake on State Game Lands 127. Both lakes are at approximately 4.5-5.5 inches of ice on a regular basis. People are catching mostly yellow perch and chain pickerel along with some nice Smallmouth Bass. A 22" Smallmouth Bass was pulled out of Tobyhanna Lake on December 29 using live bait.
Wayne & Pike County
While the northeastern end of the Lake Wallenpaupack is still waiting for its first solid freeze, the Southwestern end (by Ledgedale), has had solid ice for a few weeks now. Fisherman have been few and far between, however the ones who are out seem to have luck, mostly with live bait, catching mainly chain pickerel, yellow perch and a few Smallmouth Bass.
Southern Pike and Northeastern Monroe Counties
Anglers have been fishing the smaller impoundments throughout the district and are having below average luck catching panfish and pickerel using natural bait. Anglers should take care venturing out onto any frozen waterway as ice conditions vary greatly depending upon elevation.
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.