|Northern Pike County
Shohola Lake still seems to be the lake of choice here in the district for successful anglers. Bass, perch, bluegills, and pickerel are still being caught in good numbers. Anglers on Lake Greely are doing really well with bluegills and perch. Lake Wallenpaupack is still a good place to fish, but be careful of the degrading ice along the edges. The ice is still around 18” in most places.
Saturday, March 29, at 8 am will mark the beginning of the Regional Opening Day of trout season on the Lizard Creek and Mahoning Creek in Carbon County. These two streams are the only approved trout waters in the district which are part of the Regional Opening Day trout program. All other approved trout waters in the district are closed to fishing until the Regular Opening Day for trout on April 12, at 8 am.
Anglers are reminded that most access areas to any of the approved trout waters in the district are on private property. Anglers are asked to refrain from littering, building open fires, blocking driveways, etc. Respecting the rights of the landowners and property will help to ensure access to the streams in the future. As of this report, most of the approved trout streams in the district have received a pre-season trout stocking with some sections of streams being float stocked. Most streams are currently flowing a little higher than normal due to the snow melt.
Ice conditions are deteriorating on both Mauch Chunk Lake and Beltzville Lake. Prior to the present ice conditions, anglers at Mauch Chunk Lake were very successful catching pickerel, bass and perch measuring between 13” to 15”. One angler caught and released a 24” walleye on a large shiner while fishing Mauch Chunk Lake using a tip up off the area of boat launch b.
John Guignet Jr., of Center Valley, PA proudly displaying a 24” walleye, he caught and released while ice fishing at Mauch Chunk Lake
A PA Basic Boating Education program will be held at Beltzville Lake on April 7 and April 9, from 6pm – 10 pm. Persons wishing to attend the class must pre-register by contacting Beltzville State Park (610-377-0045) and attend both sessions. All PWC operators (12 years of age and older) are required to have boating safety education certificate to operate and all persons born on or after January 01, 1982 who will operate a watercraft equipped with a motor greater than 25 horse power are required to possess a boating safety education certificate.
S. Luzerne / S. Columbia Co.
With the recent warm up in temperatures, it certainly seems as though our ice fishing season is over. There is currently no safe ice in the district, and anglers are cautioned to stay off of those waters with remaining ice cover. While the ice fishing season got off to a slow start, we actually ended up with a season a little longer than normal.
Trout stockings are in full swing, and with the exception to the change to the Lehigh River, we are proceeding as planned. With the trout opener just around the corner, now is the time to make certain all of our gear is in good working order.
Anglers looking forward to the Mentored Youth Fishing Day are reminded that the date has been changed to May 10th, statewide. This is due to many of the waterways across the state with remaining ice cover.
There has been some recent activity on the Susquehanna River, but most reports indicate that the fishing has been slow. Fear not, there is a warm up on the horizon, and better fishing awaits us all.
Those venturing out on the water, are again reminded of the mandatory PFD wear in effect through April 30th.
Fishing in southern Wayne and Sothern Pike counties had slowed down considerably. There is still plenty of ice on most bodies of water, but ice next to structure and along shorelines is degrading rapidly and fisherman should use extreme caution when venturing out onto the ice.
Northern Wayne County
Volunteers are extremely valuable this time of the year as each Approved Trout Water gets its allotment of trout. This task usually includes walking down the stream or to a lake to dump the fish in. With this cold winter and frozen lakes our volunteers have been putting trout in holes cut on the ice more often than not! Thank you to all those who took time to come out and help stock the streams and lakes in the region.
Chad and Becky McKenrick introduce some large trout into Long Pond through a hole cut in the ice