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

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On Sunday, April 28, 2019, Beltzville State Park will be hosting a Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission Basic Boating Course from 10 am to 6 pm.  There is no charge for the class, but all participants MUST pre-register by calling the park office at 610-377-0045.

Northern Pike and Southern Wayne Counties

The ice is finally gone, and the trout are almost stocked and ready for the opening day.  Anglers fishing on Lake Wallenpaupack are reporting catching some bass and pickerel.  As the water temps get a little warmer the crappie and bluegills will be on the move and ready for catching. The water temps are still in the low 40's.  Most of the trout streams have been stocked and awaiting the opening day on 4-13-19.  The youth mentor day was a success here in the NE with youth anglers catching trout and having a beautiful sunny warm day out with family.

As the boating season starts, boaters and anglers are reminded to wear their PFD's while the waters temps are still cold. It is the law for all boats under 16' including canoes and kayaks until April 30th. Be sure to have all your required safety equipment on board before heading out on the water, this is also to include have a current registration or launch permit.  Be safe out there.

Southern Wayne, Western Pike and Northern Monroe Counties

Anglers have been having good luck fishing in the Delayed Harvest Artificial Lures Only section of the West Branch Wallenpaupack Creek, which was recently stocked on 3/26/19. 

Area waterways are getting ready for the Trout Opener!  Volunteers, Fish Culturists and WCO's are busy getting the waterways stocked for the big day but there is still much to do.  Make sure you check out the Stocking Schedule on our agency's website for information on where, when and how to participate.  It can be found here:

Most area ponds and lakes are already ice free and some anglers are having luck at area lakes like Took-A-While and Harveys Lake fishing for bass and panfish.  They might all still be a little sluggish due to water temperatures, but they sure are hungry lately.  Soft Plastics and crankbaits fished deep and slow are turning the bite on for largemouth.  Make sure to remember if you are in a boat less than 16 or in a canoe or kayak you need to wear a personal flotation device until April 30th.

Columbia and Southern Luzerne County

March has been a busy month for sure.  Trout fisherman have eagerly been awaiting stocking season, and it as of this writing, we are right in the thick of the pre-season stockings of your favorite waterways.

With the Mentored Youth day scheduled for April 6th, now is the time to go over all that gear, review the regulations, verify your favorite waterway has been stocked, and find a young angler to take fishing.

Anglers are having little trouble finding fish at the Lehigh River, FEW Reservoir, Lake Irena and Lily Lake.  These waters are regulated as Trout Stocked Waters Open to Year-Round Fishing and can be fished now, please check the 2019 Summary Guide for complete details and regulations.  Also, the Delayed Harvest Artificial Lures Only section of the Nescopeck Creek has recently been stocked and anglers should encounter hungry trout there as well.  Be certain to review the regulations on these waters prior to fishing.  While open to fishing, all three waterways have a zero-creel limit for trout.  Also, mere possession of any type of bait or bait substance is prohibited on the DHALO sections. 

Some anglers are reporting smallmouth bass success on the Susquehanna River.  Tube baits seem to be the ticket lately.

Boaters are reminded of the Mandatory Life Jacket regulation in effect through April 30th.  Any person in a boat less than 16 feet and all canoes and kayaks, regardless of length, are required to be wearing a USCG approved wearable flotation device.

Boaters are further reminded of the horsepower restrictions on Lily Lake and FEW Reservoir, and of course, don't drink and boat!

Lackawanna County

Curtis Reservoir is significantly free of ice. Plenty of open water exists to fish for some outstanding perch.  Maple Lake, Griffin Pond and Dunmore #1 are also significantly free of ice. Elmhurst Reservoir is mostly covered in ice and not fish able. Anglers should check the billboards located at each parking lot for specific regulations which govern the activities on water company property.

Trout stocking is in full swing this week. The Lackawanna River will be stocked this year. The river will receive fish from the vision 2000 lot downstream to just upstream of the Simpson bridge. The upper section will not receive preseason fishing due to the ongoing construction project.


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