NE REGION REPORTS
REGION COUNTIES -- Bradford, Carbon, Columbia, Lackawanna, Luzerne, Monroe, Pike, Sullivan, Susquehanna, Wayne, Wyoming (County Guide)
Boaters must wear a life jacket on boats less than 16 feet in length or any canoe, kayak, or paddleboard from November 1 to April 30.
October 27, 2022
Eastern Bradford and Northern Susquehanna Counties
Fishing is at its best on the North Branch of the Susquehanna River. Smallmouth Bass have been biting on a variety of baits, jigs, and topwater lures. The bass and walleye will continue to bite over the next couple of months. Get out and enjoy some action.
The fishing action on Quaker Lake and other small impoundments in the area has also been good.
The Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission has implemented a reduced fishing license cost for the remainder of the year. It is not too late to enjoy the various fishing opportunities that our state has to offer.
Southern Luzerne and Columbia Counties
There has as been no shortage of fishing opportunities given the fall trout stockings in the area. Briar Creek Lake, Lily Lake, and Lake Irena have all been stocked. Anglers are having success. Trout have been caught on a variety of lures and baits, including paste baits and delicate dry flies.
Francis E. Walter Reservoir is in the process of a draw down to winter pool depths. Fish have congregated because of the lower water levels. Anglers are catching crappie near the point on grubs and fathead jig combinations.
Anglers are catching trout on the Lehigh River. It's a beautiful time of year to be out. The best baits have been eggs and minnows. Fly anglers have had success with nymphs and wet flies. Many trout have also been caught on small inline spinners. The trout fishing success and same tactics have applied to Fishing Creek.
Anglers on the Susquehanna River have been catching Smallmouth Bass. Soft plastics and live bait have worked best.
Unpowered boats moored at Lily Lake and Briar Creek Lake must be removed from the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission property by December 1st.
Southern Monroe and Northeast Carbon Counties
Section 3 of the Brodhead Creek and Section 6 of the Bushkill Creek have recently been stocked with their fall allocations of trout. Trout stocking schedules can be found at PFBC Trout Stocking (pa.gov).
Sullivan and Western Bradford Counties
The bass activity has increased because of the cooler water temperatures. Tube baits on a light jig head bounced along the bottom are producing nice fish. Match the tube bait to the color of the water and select a bright colored jig head.
Wyoming and Southwestern Susquehanna Counties
The best fishing in the area is on the Susquehanna River between Falls and Laceyville. The water has been clear, and the Smallmouth Bass have been biting. Most bass have been between 12 and 14 inches. Fish up to 19 inches have been caught. Walleyes are also starting to show up in smaller numbers. The river levels are favorable for a variety of boaters to get out and fish or to simply paddle a canoe or kayak and enjoy the scenery. Some of the best baits have been plastic jigs, crankbaits, and jerk baits. Other places to consider for fall fishing include Oxbow Lake, Stevens Lake, and Lake Carey. Good numbers of panfish have been caught out of these waterways. The best bait has been live minnows.
October 13, 2022
Northwest Monroe, Southern Wayne and Western Pike Counties
With the cooler weather, and the commencement of hunting season, many people think this is the time of year fishing starts to slow down. However, the fall is one of the best times to fish. Along with fishing amongst the beautiful scenery that Pennsylvania has to offer, the PFBC also stocks several lakes and streams throughout the fall to provide anglers with ample opportunity of catching trout. Trout stocking schedules can be found at: PFBC Trout Stocking (pa.gov).
With trout fishing ramping up again, the recreational boating season is beginning to slow down. Most lakes, such as Lake Wallenpaupack, have seen a drastic decrease in recreational boaters with the cooler weather, but there are some brave souls that are braving the storm to get every day they possibly can out on the water. As a reminder to all boaters, we are getting closer and closer to the Cold Weather Wear period in Pennsylvania, which begins on November 1st, and runs until April 30th. During this period, all occupants of boats less than 16 feet in length as well as all canoes and kayaks are required to be wearing U.S. Coast Guard approved personal floatation devices.
October 5, 2022
Most of the trout stocked streams in the area are flowing lower than normal. Pohopoco Creek, Mauch Chunk Creek, and Aquashicola Creek are popular options for fall fishing. Pohopoco Creek is both a Class A Wild Trout Stream and Stocked Trout Water. Trout fishing on this waterway is only Catch and Immediate Release from September 6, 2022, through February 19, 2023. There is no harvest of trout permitted.
Anglers are having success with trout on spinners and stick-baits on the Lehigh River near the East Penn Township boat launch and the Parryville area. Anglers are also catching Smallmouth Bass at the Palmerton pool.
Water levels are lower than normal at Beltzville Lake. Striped Bass activity has been good in the Pine Run boat access area. Live bait, chicken liver and white/red bucktail jigs have been popular choices. Evening and early morning hours are the most productive times. Anglers are having good success with bass in the upper reaches of the Pohopoco Creek Bay, east of the Preachers Camp boat access.
Boaters should look out for shoals, rocks, and trees at the lake since water levels are low. The Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources will soon remove regulatory buoys and boat docks from the lake for the winter season. Boaters may contact the Beltzville State Park Office to check on the status of docks at the launch areas.
Anglers are catching bass in different areas of Mauch Chunk Lake. Kayak anglers have been catching panfish in the cove east of Boat Launch B and across the lake from Boat Launch A. Anglers have also been catching panfish, pickerel, bass, and crappie at the fishing pier near Boat Launch A. Live minnows and nightcrawlers are popular baits. Mauch Chunk Lake is under Big Bass Program Special Regulations.
Northwest Monroe, Western Pike, and Southern Wayne Counties
Fall is one of the most beautiful times of the year in our state. There are still plenty of fishing and boating opportunities on Lake Wallenpaupack, even though the leaves are changing colors.
Be sure to inspect your boat or trailer for Aquatic Invasive Species, especially if you travel between waterways. It's also a good time of year to double check for invasive species, while cleaning and preparing for winter storage.
Fall trout stockings will provide anglers with plenty of opportunities to catch trophy-size trout. It's also a fantastic time of year for bass, crappie, chain pickerel, and yellow perch. Be sure to get out on the water and enjoy the season.
Anglers should consider fishing the Delaware River this fall. You can access the river in Pike County from the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission's Zane Grey Boat Launch in Lackawaxen Township or the Matamoras Boat Launch in Westfall Township. There are also several access areas in Wayne County. There are plenty of opportunities to catch Smallmouth and Largemouth Bass, Striped Bass, trout, Rock Bass, Channel and Flathead Catfish, Walleye, Yellow Perch, American Shad, crappies, Muskellunge, pickerel, and more. Try spinning or fly fishing. Remember to get your Pennsylvania Fishing License and abide by all fishing regulations.
The Delaware River is also a great place to go boating. It's perfect for kayaks, canoes, and drift boats. Be sure to follow Pennsylvania Boating Regulations. Bring your Sound Producing Device. A whistle works great. And a wearable Personal Floatation Device (PFD) must be on board for each person. Anyone 12 and under in a boat 20 feet or less or in any canoe or kayak must wear their life jacket while underway. It is advisable for all boaters to wear a life jacket, especially on the river. It can move extremely fast at times. Even the best swimmers can be overtaken by the current. Wear it!
Fall is here and it's getting cooler. It's still a fantastic time to go fishing or take the boat out on the water even though the leaves are changing colors.
Crappie and perch fishing is heating up at Hunters Lake as we approach fall. Anglers have been having success with crappie on live minnows.
The change to cooler weather also means a change in the approach to fishing. Anglers are catching crappie on all sorts of lures and jigs. Don't forget your fishing license and be sure to check the regulations on season, sizes, and creel limits for the waterway you plan to fish.
Summer has come to an end. Boats are being pulled from the water and winterization has begun. Fall means cooler weather. However, there is still plenty of boating and paddling activity on waterways like Belmont Lake, Prompton Lake, and Upperwoods Pond. The water temperatures are also getting cooler.
Reports compiled by Walt Dietz, Northeast Region Outreach and Education Coordinator, using information provided by Waterways Conservation Officers.