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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 (alschreffl@pa.gov), Regional Education Specialist, using information provided by Waterways Conservation Officers, Area Fisheries Managers and other PFBC staff.

Fishing and Boating Report – August 26, 2015
Area streams are at normal flows for this time of the year.  The relatively cool and wet summer, at least until the past few weeks, has kept many stocked trout waters cool enough to hold trout and they are still willing to bite for a patient angler.  This is the time of the year to try your hand at night fishing, with the cooler nights and warm days most trout will be idle during the day but looking to feed at night as the water cools.

A great tool for any angler is the streamflow map provided by USGS, this map can be found here: http://waterwatch.usgs.gov/?m=real&r=pa.  You can check real time stream flows on hundreds of streams across the state and some even provide water temperatures.

Area lakes are in their summer pattern, with successful anglers being the first ones on the water or the last ones off.  Anglers observed fishing from 10:00am to 2:00pm have been not finding much success the past week but as weather begins to cool over the next month, expect the fish to start biting throughout the day as well.

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Fishing and Boating Report – August 19, 2015
Northern Susquehanna & Eastern Bradford Counties

Gregory Cicon, of New Milford, caught this 14” Rainbow Trout in Snake Creek, Susquehanna County.  There are still plenty of trout left for dedicated anglers!  Make sure to fish early or stay late to find the best success.

Northern Pike and Southern Wayne Counties

There have been some nice Striped Bass caught on Lake Wallenpaupack within the last month. Most of them were running deep in about 30 to 40 feet of water and they seem to like shiners as their choice of bait. Smallmouth Bass have also been very active in deeper water.  Other lakes and ponds within the district producing a fair amount of bluegills, perch, and pickerel.

Boating traffic has started to slow down a bit with everyone heading back to college and getting ready for school to start.  Even with it this hot out wearing your PFD is still recommended anytime when boating and swimming.

Western Bradford & Sullivan County

The lower water level in the North Branch of the Susquehanna River has made boating more dangerous recently.  As the water continues to drop, be very alert for newly exposed hazards.

Catfish anglers are having good success throughout the river when targeting riffles.

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Fishing and Boating Report – August 12, 2015
Pike & Wayne Counties

Lake Wallenpaupack is in full swing, although many anglers are complaining the fish don’t want to cooperate; it seems warm water conditions have made some fish lethargic, fishing deeper water seems to be the key.  Lake levels have dropped considerably over the summer and obstacles that were submerged early in the season have now broke the surface, in addition; two of the shoal buoys have either been removed or have drifted away: the shoal buoy in Martin’s Cove on the right as you enter the cove and the shoal marker at Burns Island. Both buoys should be replaced by Monday 8/10/15.

Water levels are low across the region and can make fishing more difficult.  Anglers going out in the early morning and late afternoon/evening fishing are reporting success.  Crappie have been very active with small jigs.  Smallmouth Bass and Largemouth Bass are taking bigger jigs and crank baits at Prompton Dam and White Oak Pond.  Some perch and walleye catches are being reported at Duck Harbor Pond and Long Pond.

The Lackawaxen River is still a good place to fish for trout but you need to pay attention to what is hatching on that particular day because that seems to be the only thing that they are hitting on.  Other lake and ponds in the district are still good for panfish and pickerel.  Some bass are beginning to get active again but mostly in deeper waters.

Boating is still very active and the weather and water temps are very warm. Please be safe and wear your PFD’s.

Northern Columbia and Luzerne Counties

Fishing in most area waterways has been hit or miss as of late.  Frances Slocum still gives up smaller panfish with regularity and a nice Walleye here or there in the evening.  Most walleye are being taken by folks targeting bass with stickbaits and diving lures.  Harveys Lake continues to reward those who know where and how to fish for the big Browns. 

Area residents are reminded that not only is it illegal to release non-native species in area waters, in many cases it also result in the released pet dying as the conditions are not natural to them or the have a serious impact on the animals naturally present.

Wyoming County

The Susquehanna River is at normal summer levels.  There has not been as many anglers as usual for this time of year, perhaps due to the early summer conditions, but anglers can expect normal summer fishing from here on out.  Lake Winola has been fishing very well, particularly for Largemouth Bass.  Slot limits appear to have worked in establishing a population of larger size bass.  Stevens Lake is over run with weeds, but anglers willing to deal with it are rewarded with good catches.  Overall, results are typical of late season fishing in hot temperatures.  Try to fish early in the mornings or later in the evening for the best fishing.

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