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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 – July 27, 2016
Northern Columbia and Luzerne Counties

Most area waterways are presenting extremely low level conditions.  Boaters are cautioned that many rocks and other obstructions, which are typically covered by plenty of water, are now either above the water line or right at it.  Please be careful and keep both eyes on the water to check for obstructions.  With the warm temperatures many people are taking advantage of opportunities to get some swimming in.  Those doing so should take a few precautions.  When swimming from a boat either wear your PFD or at least have a throwable PFD with you or nearby if you are in water deep enough that you cannot touch bottom.  Those cooling off in area rivers and streams should wear footwear such as closed toe sandals or an old pair of sneakers.  Sharp rocks, fishing hooks and unfortunately broken glass may be present on the bottom depending on where you are and it is better to be safe than sorry.

Boaters are warned to be aware of their exposure to the sun.  Protect yourself by wearing sunscreen, sunglasses and a hat or take advantage of the shade a bimini or other boat top provides.  Also make sure you stay hydrated by drinking water or other non-alcoholic and caffeine free drinks.

Fishing in the Susquehanna River has been hit or miss and most bass and walleye are being found in the deeper holes below good riffles or where larger tributaries are joining the main body.  In Harveys Lake the bass fishing has been far from on fire as water temperatures near the surface are higher than average right now.  Some guys are still having luck with the brown trout trolling deep or just drifting presentations in the 20 to 40 foot zone.

Susquehanna County

Low water conditions haven't stopped kayakers in the district.  Paddlers have been able to launch at the Great Bend Access and make it to the Hallstead Access with no major issues. The trip takes 2-3 hours, so it is a perfect morning or evening float. Make sure boats are registered or have launch permits.

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Fishing and Boating Report – July 20, 2016
Northern Pike and Southern Wayne Counties

Large and Smallmouth Bass are being caught in the early mornings or at night throughout the district. The hot temperatures and resultant warmer water has made fishing very slow during the mid-morning to afternoon times.  Striped Bass and Brown Trout fishing has slowed down with anglers finding them in deeper waters.

Panfish anglers have been holding their own in most of the other water of the district.

Boating is in full swing and as the summer progresses please be safe and mindful of the increase traffic of our lakes and rivers. WEAR your PFD’s and enjoy your time in our beautiful state.

Lackawanna County

Recent warm temperatures have caused anglers to shift their tactics. Fishing has been better during the early morning hours and the pre-dark hours of the day.  Some nice Largemouth Bass have landed over the past week at Griffin Pond.  Panfish have been biting since spring at Lackawanna Lake; especially under the Rt 407 bridge and near the swimming pool area of the lake.  Small panfish were biting at Elmhurst Reservoir in the area of the parking lot near the former bridge. Pinhead minnows were catching fish at nearly every cast.

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Fishing and Boating Report – July 13, 2016
Southern Pike & Wayne Counties

Anglers in the area have been having limited fishing success.  Fishing activity has been sporadic, although sunfish are still cooperating in the smaller impoundments.

Wyoming County

Susquehanna River water levels are low but anglers are reporting some success with Smallmouth Bass and Catfish. 

Anglers have been having success on area lakes.  The best strategy has been fishing in the early morning or evening hours, during the hotter weather we’ve been having.  Shady areas are the best targets, such as around tree lined shorelines or docks.  Also some lakes appear to be getting more aquatic plant growth than usual due to the hot dry conditions.

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