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

AUGUST 8-22, 2018

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AUGUST 2, 2018

The Pennsylvania Fish & Boat Commission is providing a free 'Family Catfishing Program' on Thursday, August 30 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Wilkes-Barre River Common in Luzerne County. Preregistration is required! For more information and to pre-register please visit:

Southern Luzerne & Columbia Counties

Despite recent rains, low visibility and higher than normal water levels fishing across the district has continued to remain steady. Though the Susquehanna River is not without challenges right now, anglers are still reporting decent numbers of Smallmouth Bass being caught. With the low water clarity, vibrating baits such as spinnerbaits or those with rattles or a heavy wobble seem to be the best bet. Don’t overlook scented baits either.

Smallmouth and walleye are being caught in Fishing Creek at Boone’s Dam as well. Bomber type crankbaits, in a metallic blue are bringing the most success.

Speaking of Fishing Creek, nice trout are still being caught there. Especially at the Benton Dam. An angler creeled three trout within a half hour using wax worms. All of trout caught were over 13 inches, with the largest being 16.

FEW Reservoir is producing bass, but most are suspended. This makes the use of a depth finder or sonar unit indispensable. Same holds true for the panfish there.

Some bass and pickerel are being caught at Lily Lake. Most however, are being caught early and late in the day.

The Lehigh River has been producing good numbers of eels, as well as trout. Those fishing for eels are having the best luck with small fathead minnows.

Boaters are urged to exercise extreme caution if boating the river. Wear a PFD and ensure all other safety equipment is on board.

There have been some recent Boating Under the Influence cases recently. All Boaters, including those in non-powered craft are again reminded of the zero-tolerance policy regarding BUI.

Also, those boaters utilizing non-powered craft at local PFBC Access’s, are reminded of the need for a Non-Power Registration ora launch permit from either PFBC or DCNR.

The PFBC and DCNR will be hosting a PA Basic Boating Class at Nescopeck State Park. The class is September 8th, and pre-registration is required. See the website for more details.

Wyoming and Northern Luzerne Counties

There has been a surprising number of boats trying to launch with only throwable PFD's onboard. Please remember that you need a wearable device for every person onboard your boat.

Fishing for Largemouth Bass has been productive at Lake Winola A variety of baits and tactics have been successful. Most days traffic has been light but some days there has been heavy boat pressure midday. Try to get out early in the morning or even after sunset if light traffic is your goal.

We are about midway through the summer boating season here in the Northeast. It is a great time to check all of your safety gear to ensure that everything is there and in good condition to protect you and your passengers should something go wrong out on the water. PFD's have a way of growing legs and moving between vessels and whistles are easily lost.  Fire Extinguishers get bounced around and lose charge.  5 minutes spent going through your vessel in the driveway or at the dock could save you the cost of a fine or even save a life.

Speaking of whistles, they are required on all boats!  Speaking of boats, Paddleboards (Stand Ups, SUP's) are classified as boats and therefore all regulations that apply to boats (required equipment, launch permits, etc.) apply to them as well.

Have a safe summer!

Northern Pike and Southern Wayne Counties

Fishing has been slow across throughout the district. Most of the smaller lakes and ponds have been over grown with vegetation making it hard to fish from shoreline areas. These bodies of water are best fished by boat. Shohola Lake is still producing pickerel and bass but you really have to fish it hard. Greeley Lake has also been tough to fish and panfish seem to be all that are biting. Lake Wallenpaupack is still producing stripers but mostly in the 15” to 20” range and caught mostly on live bait. The catfish are always biting along with the perch. Bass seem to be hiding deep and under the dock areas and are best fished in the early mornings and just before sunset.

Boating in the district has been moderate. Reminders to all boaters to have the required safety equipment and current registrations. Unpowered boats must have a launch permit to use all state launch areas except on the Delaware River. Paddle boards seem to be a favorite way to have fun on the water but be reminded that a PFD is required to be on board and worn by those 12 and under.

Be safe out there and have a good time recreating.

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