NE REGION REPORTS
REGION COUNTIES -- Bradford, Carbon, Columbia, Lackawanna, Luzerne, Monroe, Pike, Sullivan, Susquehanna, Wayne, Wyoming (County Guide)
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Columbia & Southern Luzerne County
As water temperatures continue to rise on local impoundments the crappie fishing is really starting to heat up. Slabs are being caught at Lily Lake, The Ice Ponds, Briar Creek Lake, F.E.W. Reservoir and Mud Pond. The best baits seem to be fatheads and twister tail grubs fished under a float. Remember, Crappies feed up so make sure you vary your depths until you find the fish.
Smallmouth are being caught on the Susquehanna River and the Lehigh River. The Lehigh River is still giving up excellent numbers as trout as well.
Fishing Creek is producing nice trout. Anglers are reminded of the Exclusion Zones on the two dams along Fishing Creek.
Walleye are being caught in the area of Boone's Dam at Fishing Creek and catfish anglers are doing well on the Susquehanna River.
Boaters are reminded to check all of their safety equipment BEFORE launching and as always, there is zero tolerance for BUI.
Northern Luzerne County
The Largemouth Bass and bluegills have finally moved into the shallows in most area lakes and ponds signaling the spawning season. Smallmouth Bass have been active and are being caught near the bottom over rock and near drop offs at Harveys Lake.
Success has been spotty along the Susquehanna River for both bass and walleye, but the fish that are being caught seem to have a little better size overall compared to last year.
While the air temperatures have heated up quite a bit lately the stream temperatures along area trout streams remains comfortably low for the trout. Anglers have been having considerable luck along Harveys Creek. Focus most of your attention along well shaded and protected runs and deeper holes below fast water.
Anglers have been dealt with higher water over the last week but conditions on area creeks and the Susquehanna River have improved since. Anglers have been catching trout on Bowman's Creek, South Branch Tunkhannock Creek and Mehoopany Creek. Spinners, jigs, and flies have been effective at catching trout. Anglers have been catching nice sized trout at Lake Winola while trolling spinners and spoons. There are plenty of trout remaining throughout the district's area stocked trout waters as not many have been harvested as of yet. Some of the best fishing of the year can be in May and we are awaiting the nice weather to stabilize and heat up the water and fishing action.
A nice limit of trout including a 20" Rainbow was caught by Jen Peters on pastebaits.
Southern Wayne, Southern Pike and Northern Monroe County
Anglers continue to have success fishing stocked trout waters using a variety of artificial and natural baits as well as pickerel, in the smaller impoundments, using a variety of natural baits.
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.