Anglers targeting walleye on the upper Susquehanna River & Chemung River had some success but said that water conditions were not optimal. Some May rain might change that.
It’s a good idea to go over your boating equipment thoroughly before heading out to your favorite water. A few minutes of checks could prevent a major problem out on the water. Ensure PFDs are in serviceable condition, check fire extinguishers as needed and make sure you have all of the necessary equipment to enjoy your day.
The fishing pressure has remained light to moderate on most of the streams even though the majority of the approved trout waters have received an in-season trout stocking. Most streams were flowing low and clear. Anglers using live bait (minnows and waxworms), paste bait and spinners had the most success catching trout. Anglers fishing the Lehigh River near Bowmanstown did well catching trout. Stick baits and spinners were effective on the river.
A few anglers fishing Mauch Chunk Lake caught nice size crappies. Live minnows were the bait of choice. Bass (catch and release) and Pickerel action remained good at Mauch Chunk Lake.
A number of striped bass and walleye were caught in Beltzville Lake near the upper reaches of the Pohopoco Creek and Wild Creek bay area of the lake.
Anglers and boaters are reminded that although the regulatory buoys such as Slow No Wake, Ski Area are not in place on Beltzville Lake, the regulations pertaining to the slow no wake and water ski area are in effect and enforced. Maps are located at each boat launch indicating the regulated areas of the lake.
A basic boating class will be held at Beltzville Lake on May 14th and May 16th from 6 pm to 10 pm each night at the Beltzville Environmental Interpretive Center. There is no charge for the course, but all participants must pre-register by contacting the Park Office (610) 377-0045 and attend both sessions. The boating safety education course is required for all operators of a Personal Watercraft (PWC) or anyone born on or after January 1, 1982 that operates a motorboat of more than 25 horsepower.
What a difference a week makes. Warmer weather this past week has created better fishing conditions as plenty of pickerel, blue gills and even the black crappies were starting to bite across the area lakes and ponds.
If you’re a trout angler, plenty of trout were caught on Monday (May 6th) in the Roaring Brook. The Roaring Brook was stocked in Dunmore and through Scranton with brook and brown trout. The fish were above average size.
There are still plenty of trout in the South Branch Tunkhannock and Lackawanna Rivers as well.
Remember a trout stamp is required to fish in approved trout waters (until the end of May), whether you intend to keep any trout.
Manny Gorden Pond in McDade Park, Scranton is also loaded with trout. The pond was stocked for youth 12 years old and younger through the cooperative nursery program partnership with the Fish & Boat Commission. Young anglers have had much success over the past week.
It might be time to start thinking about getting your boat ready for the upcoming Memorial weekend. Make sure all the required safety equipment is on board and is in good serviceable condition and that your registration is current. Registration renewals can be done online at the Fish & Boat Commission's website.
Northern Luzerne & Northern Columbia Counties
Fish have been biting all over the district. Crappies were being pulled from Harveys Lake (concentrate on the structure and the inlet). Nice bluegill and perch have also been caught around the district.
Harris Pond has started producing some decent bluegill as well.
Area Approved Trout Waters are still being stocked and in most of them we are putting fish on top of others already there.
Anglers were out in large numbers this past weekend. The sunny and mild days brought them out in record numbers and even a few boaters were out on kayaks. Most people seemed to be going for trout with mealworms or regular worms.
Southern Pike & Northeastern Monroe Counties
Shad fishing has been incredible in the district. I have seen a lot of schools of shad at various locations under patrol boat. There was a heavy run of shad on the Delaware River from Bushkill Boat Ramp all the way up to Milford Beach Boat Ramp.
Also more good news, The National Park Service has received contributions and Milford Beach will no longer be closing.
Water flow is low for this time of year but with multiple days of rain in the immediate forecast this should help the situation. Water temperature was at 61 degrees and anglers were taking full advantage of another great shad run.
Northern Wayne County
In-season trout stocking is in full swing. The streams are full of stocked trout.
Junior Kenyon helps stock Equinunk Creek
The bluegill fishing has been sporadic. Large crappies were hitting light colored jigs near structure in Prompton Dam. Chain pickerel were hitting live bait at Miller Pond. An occasional bass has been caught as well.
Becky McKenrick with a large crappie
Chad McKenrick sports a largemouth bass
Southern Wayne County
Anglers were having great success fishing at Fairview Lake and West Branch Wallenpaupack Creek using a variety of natural and artificial baits. The fish were very cooperative and the water temperature was 60-61 degrees.
Trout fishing continued throughout the area. In-season stockings in the county are scheduled to conclude this Thursday.
Lots of anglers were on the Susquehanna River over the weekend. Some caught a lot of fish but others said they did not have much luck. River conditions were good although slightly low for the time of year. Lots of panfish were caught throughout the area.