NE REGION REPORTS
REGION COUNTIES -- Bradford, Carbon, Columbia, Lackawanna, Luzerne, Monroe, Pike, Sullivan, Susquehanna, Wayne, Wyoming (County Guide)
Buy your 2022 Fishing License at: https://huntfish.pa.gov/
The 2022 Trout Stocking is available at: PFBC Trout Stocking (pa.gov)
The Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission is providing a FREE 'Introduction to Fly Fishing' program at The Zane Grey Museum located in Lackawaxen on July 30. For more information and to register for this program please visit: Event - Introduction to Fly Fishing - July 30, 2022 in Lackawaxen, PA (register-ed.com) Pre-Registration Required.
Although, most of the district's trout streams have been receiving little to no fishing activity, the Pohopoco Creek, Aquashicola Creek and Mauch Chunk Creek continue to provide good trout fishing opportunities.
Striped Bass action at Beltzville Lake continues to be good at the lake. Preachers Camp boat access and the Pine Run boat access areas have been the best locations and early morning and evening hours have been the most productive.
Anglers fishing from shore along the picnic woods, and the boat rental cove have been successful catching Largemouth Bass using a variety of baits and soft plastic baits. Walley action was good near the dam breast during the evening hours. Panfish activity remains good in most cove areas of the lake.
Mauch Chunk Lake continues to provide good crappie action at the fishing pier located at boat launch A. The best set up has been a jig tipped with a for anglers targeting crappie. Catfish action during the evening hours have been productive along the lake shore at boat launch B. Anglers are reminded that Mauch Chunk Lake is governed by the Big Bass Program Special Regulations. The minimum size of bass harvested from Mauch Chunk Lake must be 15 inches, and the daily creel limit is 4 combined species.
Both Beltzville Lake and Mauch Chunk Lake have sustained an increase in boat traffic on most weekend days. Boaters are reminded to check all the required safety equipment on their boats before venturing out onto the water. In addition, please check and make sure your boat is properly registered. Motorboats and boats powered by an electric motor must display a proper motorboat registration. Unpowered boats such as canoes, kayaks, stand-up paddleboards, rowboats, etc. launching at Commission lakes or access areas including PA State Parks launch or access areas must display either a Commission launch use permit, or a PA State Parks (DCNR) launch permit or mooring permit. Boaters are further reminded that Beltzville Lake is governed by designated Slow No Wake areas which are posted by signage and buoys including a designated Water Ski -tubing area. Boaters are requested to check the maps of the lake which are posted at both boat launches which indicate the special regulation areas. Alcohol is prohibited at both Beltzville Lake and Mauch Chunk Lake, and the possession and or consumption of alcohol is strictly enforced.
Wyoming and Southwest Susquehanna Counties
Fishing and boating opportunities are excellent right now throughout the Endless Mountains area. The Susquehanna River is flowing at a good level for paddling, anglers fishing from boats, and for those anglers wading. Early morning and evenings have been productive for Smallmouth Bass. Fish have been biting on a variety of lures, including jigs and topwater poppers. Nighttime fishing for Channel Catfish has been sporadic with some catfish being caught on nightcrawlers.
One hotspot has been Lake Winola for late-season trout fishing. Trout are being caught on paste bait in the deeper waters of the lake
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.