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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 – July 23, 2014
Lackawanna County

As the summer and warm weather progresses the best time to fish is early morning or evening.  Anglers, who have been coming early and staying late, have been landing many nice bass using rubber twister tails and rubber worms.  Brown bullheads have been caught at Lackawanna Lake using red worms and night crawlers fished on the bottom.  The panfish have been biting at Lackawanna Lake, especially during the late afternoons into dusk.  There have been plenty of kayaks on Lackawanna Lake over the past week.  Anglers have also been fishing from kayaks at the state park.

Wayne & Pike Counties

Currently, fishing has been slow on the Delaware River. Most anglers have not been rewarded for their time spent on the water.  The rain storms in the forecast hopefully will turn the fishing around.  Streams in the summer usually fish very well after a typical summertime shower.  Get to the water and prepare to fish during the rain and as the water is on the rise.  If you hear or see thunder and lightning, be safe and retreat from the water.  Catching a fish is not worth the price you will pay if you get struck by lightning.

Panfish anglers have been doing well on area ponds and lakes.  Anglers are catching various species of fish on assorted live and artificial baits. 

Wyoming County

The Susquehanna River is in good shape right now.  Walleye anglers have been finding good success.  Also, the summer smallmouth bass action has been really good.  Lake Winola is fishing great as well.  Trout and bass anglers have reported catching quality fish in good numbers.

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Fishing and Boating Report – July 16, 2014
Carbon County

There has been little to no fishing pressure on most approved trout waters in the area over the past few weeks.  Some anglers have been catching trout on Aquashicola, Lizard, Pohopoco Creek and Mauch Chunk Creeks. 

Anglers fishing the Lehigh River near Parryville have been catching trout and smallmouth bass.  The section near Palmerton has also been providing good night time opportunities for catfish and eels.  River flows have been high in recent days due to storm events.

Mauch Chunk Lake has been providing good bass fishing opportunities.  However, most bass have been less than the minimum size of 15 inches.  Angles should note the lake is under Big Bass Special Regulations, which require that all bass must be a minimum of 15 inches before being taken or possessed.  Pickerel action has been good at the lake.  Crappie and nice size perch are being caught near the North and South shoreline areas.  A few walleye have been caught near the dam breast area of the lake. 

The bass fishing action at Beltzville Lake has been good around the power line area and near the upper reaches of Pohopoco Bay.  A few walleye have been taken during the evening hours near the dam breast and the Preachers Camp areas.  Striped bass action has been best in the evening or early morning hours.  A few striped bass were caught near the Pine Run Boat Launch. 

Boaters and anglers are reminded that alcoholic beverages are prohibited at both Mauch Chunk Lake and Beltzville Lake.  Regulations pertaining to consumption and or possession of alcohol are strictly enforced.    

Northern Susquehanna & Eastern Bradford

Anglers have been catching nice pan fish using night crawlers on several ponds throughout Susquehanna County.

Interest in the sport of kayaking has been growing over the past few years.  Kayakers and all boaters should remember that they need to obtain a launch permit or boat registration if they intend to use a Commission Access or State Park waterway. Information about launch permits or boat registration can be found by visiting the Commission’s boat registration web page: http://fishandboat.com/registration.htm.

Lake Wallenpaupack, Pike & Wayne Counties

Anglers are having good success around dock areas on local ponds and lakes for panfish.  Natural bait has been the bait of choice.

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Fishing and Boating Report – July 9, 2014
Monroe County

This past holiday weekend had bass anglers going full blast. Large and smallmouth bass were hitting on just about anything. Anglers with access to a watercraft seemed to do the best fishing with rubber lures along submerged structure.  Now is the time to be out on the water if you enjoy great fishing!

Wyoming County

Susquehanna River anglers have been frustrated this year so far.  It seems just when the river is getting good for fishing, storm events raise the water levels and make the water muddy.  Last night’s storms will do the same and it could take a few days, with good weather, to stabilize.  Catfish anglers may do well, but bass anglers should head to area lakes.  Most lakes have been productive with panfish and bass.  Anglers have been catching walleye at Lake Carey as well.  Lake Winola has been productive for trout anglers and most serious bass fishermen.

S. Wallenpaupack District

Anglers have not been very active this past week.  Now is the time of the year to be fishing early mornings and late evenings for great results!  Anglers who fish during the middle of the day will not see much action, but setting your alarm early or extending your curfew will pay off!  This is also the time of the year that night fisherman are able to target big fish successfully.  Cooler nights with little or no moon and using slow retrieves with large lures can produce great results!

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