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Map highlighting counties in the Northeast RegionREGION COUNTIES -- Bradford, Carbon, Columbia, Lackawanna, Luzerne, Monroe, Pike, Sullivan, Susquehanna, Wayne, Wyoming (County Guide)

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

Fishing and Boating Report – August 20, 2014
Western Bradford & Sullivan Counties

Anglers using large black and orange colored spinners were eliciting musky strikes on the North Branch of the Susquehanna River.  If you are targeting these fish, just remember they are called the ‘fish of one thousand’ casts for a reason!  Use patience and cover likely water thoroughly.  Also, with the recent rain in the region the river is running perfect for paddlers!  Make sure to enjoy the mild weather and nice flows with a day on the water.

Southern Luzerne & Southern Columbia Counties

Fishing on the Susquehanna River continues to be good, with anglers reporting catches of smallmouth bass, walleye and muskie.  Most fish are still being taken on the old standby’s-soft plastics and lipless crankbaits.  Anglers targeting catfish on the river have also been doing well.

Lily Lake continues to produce bass in nice numbers, as well as trout and panfish.  Though, most anglers targeting trout are finding them in deeper water.

Activity on the local trout streams has been slow; those finding success are doing so by fishing the evening hatches. Stealth and presentation is paramount this time of year! Make sure to wear dark clothing and make sure your hat brim is also a dark color.  Wearing white or another bright color can be the difference between a great or poor day on the water.

As people start to shift focus to preparing for the upcoming hunting seasons, let’s not forget the abundant opportunities for some of the year’s finest fishing during the fall months.  Both Lily Lake and Lake Irena are scheduled to receive fall stockings of trout, and the DHALO section of the Nescopeck Creek is one of the most scenic stretches of the creek.  What better way to spend a crisp fall afternoon, that by being on the stream?

Susquehanna County

It’s that time of year when the Susquehanna River is low and launching boats can be difficult for the public and Conservation Officers alike. In some cases it may be easier if the boat trailer is positioned slightly off the ramp to allow more water under the boat. Please be respectful of the boat launches and don’t make a mess for others and don’t overestimate the capabilities of yourself or your equipment.

As the water cools in the fall boaters are encouraged to wear their PFD, as even an experienced boater can capsize their boat.

Southern Wallenpaupack District

Lake Wallenpaupack has provided anglers with plenty of action the past week.  Anglers are having good success fishing for walleyes using jigs and spinners with nightcrawlers.

All unpowered boats (canoes, kayaks, stand-up paddleboards, rowboats, etc) launching or retrieving at PFBC access areas and DCNR state parks or forests must have a current boat registration (issued by any state), or PFBC Use Permit, or DCNR Launch or Mooring Permit.  For more information, visit

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Fishing and Boating Report – August 13, 2014
Western Bradford & Sullivan Counties

The fishing has been great in the region for the past few weeks.  The North Branch of the Susquehanna River has been consistently producing nice Smallmouth Bass.  The lure of choice for anglers targeting Smallmouth Bass has been jigs topped with a spinner blade.

Southern Wayne County

Fishing has been sporadic at best this past week.  Most anglers are catching many small panfish but were unable to locate larger fish.  Now is the time of year for serious anglers to be fishing for larger fish during the evening or early morning.  Sacrificing a few hours of sleep can mean the difference between not catching anything or the fish of a lifetime.

Boaters on Lake Wallenpaupack should be aware lake levels have dropped and objects that were submerged are now visible, but still pose a navigation hazard.

Wyoming County

The Susquehanna River was slightly muddy over the weekend, apparently from heavier rain than we have had in this area.  Smallmouth Bass fishing was good, although on Saturday it seemed most anglers were catching smaller sized fish.  The river is in great condition right now, but is forecast to rise about one foot with the rain forecasted today.

Area lakes have been productive as well.  Anglers who don’t mind fishing in heavy weeds have been catching Largemouth Bass at Stevens Lake.  Trout anglers fishing at night continue to do well at Lake Winola.

All unpowered boats (canoes, kayaks, stand-up paddleboards, rowboats, etc) launching or retrieving at PFBC access areas and DCNR state parks or forests must have a current boat registration (issued by any state), or PFBC Use Permit, or DCNR Launch or Mooring Permit.  For more information, visit

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Fishing and Boating Report – August 6, 2014
Northern Columbia and Northern Luzerne Counties

Susquehanna River: Fishing has been hot the past few weeks.  Anglers have been bringing in catfish with chicken livers, shrimp and nightcrawlers.  Smallmouth Bass have been taking anything that moves as well. They have been especially aggressive for anglers using top-water presentations in the evening! Their efforts are often answered with an explosion on the surface.

Harveys Lake: Anglers have had nice catches of panfish as well as some nice sized largemouth bass.

Lake Jean: Anglers have been hooking into some great Perch.  The key here is finding their schools. So don’t be afraid to change locations on the lake if you not finding them in your current location.

Harris Pond & Frances Slocum: Both of these lakes have not been producing well for most over the past few weeks.  Algae conditions and water temperatures have been making it hard to find cooperative fish.

Harveys Creek: While the water is low and clear throughout the stream, the opportunity for great trout fishing is still available to those who are willing to fish this stream appropriately.  The fish are very spooky, so make sure to use stealth when approaching the stream, wearing dark colored clothes and making sure your presentation is gentle.  Trout were taking dead drifted nymphs this past week in the evenings.  A size 16 psycho prince nymph was the fly of choice and the trout were taking them with reckless abandon.  This is the time of year to really practice your lure presentation skills!

Lackawanna County

Maple Lake:  This past weekend must have been panfish weekend!  Quite a few nice Pumpkinseeds and Bluegills were biting at using red worms near the dam area and along the parking lot shoreline.

Lackawanna Lake: This past weekend anglers, all throughout the lake, were taking nice Bluegills.  Now is the time to be out for some great fishing action!

Monroe County

Anglers have had excellent fishing this past week throughout the county.  Largemouth Bass angling action reaching frenzied high!  Anglers have been reporting record size and catches on everything from worms, plastic and spinners.

Southern Luzerne & Southern Columbia Counties

Susquehanna River: Fishing has really picked up in recent weeks, with anglers reporting fine catches of smallmouth bass.  Most action is coming from soft plastics and lipless crankbaits.  Some anglers are reporting good Muskie action as well, using large in-line spinners.  Many people though, are foregoing the heat of the day, choosing to fish for Catfish at night.  Excellent catfish catches are being reported, using clams and shrimp, as well as hot dog pieces as bait.

Lily Lake: has been giving up some nice bass and pickerel, as well as panfish.

Nelly with RainbowFishing Creek: While most Trout streams in the region have had no pressure, there are still plenty of trout in the water!  Nelly Swisher, from Stillwater, was able to land this 24 inch and 7.5 lb. Rainbow Trout out of Fishing Creek this past weekend! 

Western Bradford & Sullivan Counties

Susquehanna River: Anglers have had fantastic fishing this past week.  Anglers have been using brown crayfish imitations with green specks to bring in many nice bass.

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