Columbia and Southern Luzerne Counties
With another stocking season wrapped up, there are plenty of trout in the local waterways.
Any variety of baits seem to be working from paste baits to the most delicate dry flies.
However, as fish become acclimated to local waters try switching to more natural baits, lures and flies that will mimic a trout's natural diet.
Those choosing to fish the Delayed Harvest Artificial Lures Only section of Nescopeck Creek are reminded that the mere possession of bait is unlawful. Regardless of whether it is used or not.
With heavy rains throughout the day on the Walleye opener, fishing was certainly a challenge. As water levels and clarity return to normal, the walleye fishing should improve.
Don't forget about the two Statewide Fish For Free Days. The first being May 29th. What better way to introduce a friend to your favorite past time?
Meshoppen Creek and West Branch Meshoppen Creek have been running at normal levels and the water temperature has been steadily rising to seasonal temperatures. The trout fishing has been very good with Brown Trout up to 16 inches being caught on wax worms and also on nymphs. Other trout fishing hotspots have been Lake Winola, Oxbow Lake, North Branch Mehoopany Creek, and South Branch Tunkhannock Creek. All the mentioned bodies of water have plenty of fish and the trout fishing has only been getting better. The conditions on the Susquehanna River have also been favorable for fishing and paddling conditions.
Southern Carbon and Southwest Monroe Counties
Although the trout streams in the district had received a good amount of fishing pressure during the month of April, there is still a good number of trout held over from the previous stockings. Anglers are reporting seeing and catching trout on most of the streams with most successful anglers are using paste bait, live minnow, spinners.
Gwendolyn Remaley, of Lehighton, proudly displaying a 23-inch Rainbow Trout she caught while fishing the Mahoning Creek in Lehighton.
Danny Serfass Sr., of Palmerton, proudly displaying a 24-inch Rainbow Trout he caught while fishing the Aquashicola Creek.
Fly anglers have also reported doing well catching trout on the Mahoning Creek, Aquashicola Creek, and the Pohopoco Creek. Fishing during the early morning, and the late afternoons have been providing anglers a better success catching trout since most of the streams are flowing low and clear.
Striped Bass action at Beltzville Lake has been good in recent weeks. Anglers fishing near the Trachsville bridge area seem to be having the best luck. Black Bass action (no harvest, catch & immediate release only) has been good along the southern shore of the lake across from the Pine Run boat launch and near the dam breast.
Mauch Chunk Lake has been providing good chain pickerel action off the area of boat launch B. Anglers fishing from the fishing pier at boat launch A have been observed catching perch measuring 12" – 13" using live minnow.
The Lehigh River has been flowing a higher in recent weeks. Angler's fishing in the pool at the East Penn boat launch have reported success catching trout using spinners and stick baits.
Northern Carbon and Southern Monroe Counties
Anglers fishing the Brodhead Creek have seen success for Rainbow and Brown Trout using salmon eggs, spinners, and wet flies. A pink squirmy wormy has been the hot fly recently with multiple fish being caught on one throughout the creek.
Hickory Run Lake has been giving up nice catches of Brook Trout using spinners, minnows, and paste baits. Anglers are reminded that Hickory Run Creek, Sections 4 and 5, is a special regulations stream designated as Catch and Release Artificial Lures Only. Anglers are also reminded that Mud Run, Section 2, and McMichael Creek, Section 5, are both designated as Delayed Harvest Artificial Lures Only.
Trout season is here and anglers targeting stocked trout are reporting consistent success with silver spinners throughout the county. Bait anglers using mealworms and live minnows have also had good results.
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.