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

November 17

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Public Notice: 

Winter dock removals are completed in the region.

From November 1st- April 30th, all individuals on all canoes and kayaks as well as all boats under 16 feet in length, are required to be wearing a properly fitting, U.S. Coast Guard approved Personal Floatation Device at all times. Cold water shock is a leading cause of boating fatalities, a disproportionate number of which occur during the months of November- April. So, as a reminder, keep yourself safe, and go home at the end of a great day on the water.

Northwest Monroe, Southern Wayne, & Western Pike Counties

While the days are getting colder, the fishing action is still abundant in the throughout the region. There are many great lakes and streams to enjoy before they freeze over, which will bring a heavy action of ice fishing to this part of the state. Tobyhanna Lake in Monroe county is still seeing good fishing action as individuals are chasing the recently stocked brook trout from the lake. Gouldsboro Lake, and Brady's Lake, also located in Monroe County, are also seeing decent fishing action with anglers catching a good amount of crappie and panfish.  In Wayne and Pike Counties, individuals seem to be taking advantage of the warmer days before they turn blistering cold by still heading out on the lakes to try and catch a bite.

South Monroe & North Carbon Counties

Anglers have been having luck for trout on the McMichael Creek Section 2 on a variety on flies. Anglers are reminded that section 2 of the McMichael Creek is designated as Delayed Harvest Artificial Lures Only. Fishing may be done with artificial lures constructed of metal, plastic, rubber, or wood, or with flies and streamers constructed of natural or synthetic materials. All such lures may be used with spinning or fly-fishing gear. The use or possession of any natural bait, baitfish, fishbait, bait paste, and similar substances, fish eggs (natural or molded) or any other edible substance is prohibited. Anglers are also reminded that while fishing waters designated as Delayed Harvest Artificial Lures Only, the daily creel limit is three trout (combined species) from June 15 through Labor Day, caught on or in possession on the waters under these regulations. From the day after Labor Day until June 15, the daily creel limit is zero.

Anglers are still reporting catching trout on the Brodhead Creek while using a variety of live bait and spinners.

Wyoming County & Southwestern Susquehanna Counties

The Susquehanna River is once again high and muddy making for tough fishing conditions. Prior to last week's rise, walleye and Smallmouth Bass were being caught on jigs. The fly fishing only stretch on Bowmans Creek was stocked last week. Nice sized Brown and Brook Trout (up to 20 inches) have been caught on a variety of nymphs. These trout have been found in deeper pools and areas with cover.  One other note is that crappie are being caught at Lake Carey on jigs fished under a float.


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Carbon County   

With the hunting season now underway, most of the district's trout stocked waters are receiving little to no fishing pressure. However, the Pohopoco Creek has been receiving a good amount of pressure during the weekends. Both fly and spin anglers had good success catching trout from the outlet of Beltzville Lake to the bridge at Harrity Road and Route 209.   Anglers are reminded that the Pohopoco Creek from the outlet of Beltzville Lake downstream to the cable across the creek at the Hideaway Hunting & Fishing Club is designated as both a Class A Wild Trout Stream and Stocked Trout Water.  The Extended Trout Season on this section of water is No Harvest-Catch and Immediate Release Only. 

Anglers are also reminded that the Extended Trout Season on other trout stocked waters and all waters downstream the daily limit is reduced to three (combined species) trout.

A number of other trout stocked waters in the district can still provide good trout fishing opportunities during the fall.  Some of these waters include the Aquashicola Creek, Buckwa Creek, and Mauch Chunk Creek.

The Lehigh River has been flowing higher than normal and hopefully in the next few days the flow will return to normal levels.  Anglers, prior to the higher flow levels, were catching trout at the confluence of the Pohopoco Creek and the Lehigh River in Parryville.

Mauch Chunk Lake has been providing good fishing on most parts of the lake.  Anglers are catching Pickerel, Perch, Crappie, and Bass.  Anglers fishing from the fishing pier at boat launch A were catching crappie using a jig tipped with a minnow.  Anglers are reminded that Mauch Chunk Lake is governed by the Big Bass Special Regulations and bass must measure the minimum size of 15 inches before being harvested.  Posters are posted at the lake detailing the Big Bass Special Regulations. 

The Striped Bass action at Beltzville Lake has been very good in recent weeks from the shore or a boat.  Some of the Striped Bass caught were measuring 30 inches.  Live bait, large bucktail jigs (red/white) and even chicken livers appeared to work well.  The striped bass have been active near the upper reaches of the Pine Run bay and along the northern shore of the picnic woods section of the park.  Most of the striped bass action was occurring during the early morning and evening hours.

The boating activity has become slower at the lake with the fall season.  The regulatory buoys (Slow-No-Wake, Ski Zone, etc.) at the lake are in the process of being removed for the winter season.  Although the buoys are being removed for the season, the regulations pertaining to the Slow-No-Wake and Ski Zone are still in effect and being enforced.  If you are unsure of the regulations pertaining to the lake, there are maps posted at each boat launch indicating the regulated areas.  

Boaters are reminded that beginning November 1st through April 30th, boaters must wear a personal flotation device (life jacket) on boats measuring less than 16-feet in length including on all canoes, kayaks, and paddleboards.  Boaters are also reminded that 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 (Mauch Chunk Lake) including PA State Parks launch or access areas (Beltzville Lake) must display either a Commission launch use permit or a PA State Parks launch permit or mooring permit.  Remember, alcohol is not permitted at Beltzville Lake and Mauch Chunk Lake on both the water and shore areas.  Laws pertaining to the possession and or use of alcoholic beverages are strictly enforced.

Monroe County

The Bushkill and Hidden Lake were recently stocked with Rainbow Trout and anglers are having good success using a variety of artificial and natural baits.



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