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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 – October 15, 2014
Wayne County

Belmont Lake and Miller Pond have been very low due to the absence of rain the past few months.  Boaters need to use caution as rocks and other debris that are usually covered by water are now exposed.  Make sure to keep a good lookout for possible obstructions when boating on the lake.   Fisherman though should use this time to target these partially exposed structures as the fish will be using them for cover.  The rain in the forecast should provide improved fishing for the next couple weeks.

Luzerne County

With rain currently falling throughout the county the streams and lakes should see a rise in water levels.  Larger fish will be on the move as the stream levels rise, this would be a great time to target large brown trout, muskies and other predators in the water.  If you do go out be careful of rising water levels, as we are supposed to receive up to 2.5 inches of rain and that could cause hazardous conditions for both wading and boat anglers.

To view current water levels for many streams throughout the commonwealth visit the USGS website at:

Brown Trout

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Fishing and Boating Report – October 8, 2014
Western Bradford and Sullivan County

Water conditions continue to be very low on the North Branch of the Susquehanna River.  Anglers are having great success targeting bass with dark and green colored tube jigs.  Make sure to target deeper holes and sections of the river, as it seems the deeper waters are producing the nicest bass.

Lackawanna County

The Roaring Brook in Scranton and Dunmore was stocked with some nice trout this past week.  Merli Sarnowski Lake and Lackawanna Lake also received a trout stocking as well.  Anglers using flies did very well, having little trouble catching their limits of fish.

It was an incredible week of fishing at Elmhurst & Curtis Reservoirs this past week.  Anglers caught some large pickerel (several in the 26-28” range), some beautiful large yellow perch (13” range) and some nice bass.  Live minnows and rubber worms seemed to do the trick.  If you put away your fishing gear, you made a huge mistake!

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Fishing and Boating Report – October 1, 2014
Luzerne County

Waterways across the county are low and clear! Anglers on the Susquehanna River have been finding nice bass and wading anglers could not ask for easier conditions.  Boaters beware though; the low water has exposed many rocks so navigate carefully if taking to the water.

The follwing approved trout waters are receiving fall stockings this week in the county:  Harveys Lake, Lake Irena, Lake Took-A-While, Lily Lake, Moon Lake and Sylvan Lake.  Fall stockings produce some of the best fishing of the year and typically have no crowds.  So make sure to get out and to do some trout fishing!

A complete list of stockings can be found at

Susquehanna County

On September 27, 2014 the Susquehanna County Federation held their annual Youth Field Day at the Harford Fairgrounds and adjacent Colwell Farm. WCO Chad McKenrick and Sgt Bendock of the Bureau of Law Enforcement conducted a canoeing and kayaking station attended by the event’s 64 kids and a similar number of adult chaperones.

Basic boating
WCO McKenrick explains basic boating safety to participants before they get to canoe and kayak on the lake

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