|REGION COUNTIES -- Bradford, Carbon, Columbia, Lackawanna, Luzerne, Monroe, Pike, Sullivan, Susquehanna, Wayne, Wyoming (County Guide)
Reports compiled by Allan Schreffler (email@example.com), Regional Education Specialist, using
information provided by Waterways Conservation Officers, Area Fisheries Managers and other PFBC staff.
Anglers were catching trout at Lackawanna Lake prior to the stocking truck arriving this past weekend. Rainbow colored paste bait seemed to do the trick. Anglers using pinhead minnows also did very well.
The Roaring Brook in Elmhurst, Dunmore and Scranton was stocked with trout earlier this week (Tuesday). The water temperature was a perfect 54° but river levels were high because of recent heavy rains. Those anglers that fished out of the fast current did best. Pinhead minnows and spinners worked really well.
Western Bradford & Sullivan County
Anglers targeting trout with live bait report success using wax worms and butter worms on the Loyalsock Creek. One fly fishing angler reported good success with Hendricksons when fishing Loyalsock Creek.
Shad have been running in Delaware River for past two weeks. Numbers are increasing as the weather get warmer. Although this past weekend, the bite was off because of the temperature drop.
Anglers at Lackawanna Lake under the Route 407 bridge have been doing well. Successful anglers have found trout, Bluegills and crappies willing to bite while using fathead minnows and paste baits.
The fishing has been a little slower at the PA American Water Company reservoirs Elmhurst, Curtis, Maple Lake, and Griffin Pond.
Boating traffic was pretty heavy over the weekend at Lackawanna Lake. Many people were enjoying the weather fishing from boats, kayaks and canoes.
Now is a good time for anglers in the area. In-season trout stockings have begun and there are still trout to be caught from the pre-season as well. Lake Winola is fishing well for trout and bass anglers are find success there as well. The Susquehanna River is in good shape. Anglers are having success everywhere on the river right now.
Boaters are again reminded, of the mandatory PFD wear period is in effect through April 30th. This applies to anyone in a boat less than 16 feet, and ALL canoes and kayaks.
The arrival of the warm weather on the Regular Opening Day of Trout season brought out many anglers to the Stocked Trout Waters in the district. A number of anglers were observed or reported catching their limit. The streams were flowing at normal levels and gained color which made for better conditions to catch trout. Most trout were caught on paste baits, spinners, live minnow and night crawlers. Although most of the Stocked Trout Waters in the district received medium to heavy pressure on the opening day, anglers were still reporting seeing and catching their limit of trout on Sunday. Anglers fishing the Lehigh River from Lehighton down river to Bowmanstown have reported catching trout during the weekend. A few anglers were also observed catching some nice size crappie in the Lehigh Canal near Weissport and Lock 7 during the weekend.
Anglers are reminded that most stocking & fishing access areas along the Stocked Trout Waters in the District have occurred as a result of the landowner agreeing to allow access. Anglers are encouraged to respect the rights of the landowner and refrain from starting open fires, littering, blocking gates or access to the landowner’s property.
The in-season trout stockings in the district have begun as of April 18th. On April 21st, the Nesquehoning Creek, Mauch Chunk Creek, and the Lehigh Canal will receive an in-season trout stocking. Persons interested in assisting with the stocking can meet the stocking truck at 12:15 pm along the dirt pull off at the intersection of Stock St. (RT 54) & Park Ave., Nesquehoning
Anglers fishing both Beltzville Lake and Mauch Chunk Lake have reported some good bass action (Catch & Immediate Release Only). Striped Bass action at Beltzville Lake appeared to be good near the Trachsville area of the lake during the evenings. One angler was observed with a 32 inch striped bass.
Boat anglers and boaters are reminded that although the regulatory buoys such as Slow No Wake, Water Ski Zone are not in place at Beltzville Lake, the regulations pertaining to those areas are still in effect and enforced. A map of the lake is posted at each boat launch indicating the regulated areas.
Boaters are reminded to check all the necessary safety equipment on their boats before venturing out onto the water such wearable personal floatation devices ( required for each person, must be of the appropriate size, mandatory wear period is in effect through April 30th. This applies to anyone in a boat less than 16 feet, and canoes and kayaks), throwable flotation device (if required) fire extinguisher (if required), sound producing device and navigation lights. Also, make sure the boat is properly registered (propelled by electric motor, gas). Non-powered watercraft such as canoes, kayaks, rowboats using Fish & Boat Commission lakes, access areas including PA State Parks lakes must display either a valid PFBC Launch Permit, or valid boat registration or PA State Parks Launch Permit or Mooring Permit.
A Basic Boating Education Course is being offered at Beltzville State Park on April 25th, and April 27th, from 6pm – 10pm each night. There is no charge for the course, but all participants must pre-register, and attend both sessions. Persons interested in attending the course should contact the Park Office at 610-377-0045 to pre-register.
Many anglers throughout the district had a fantastic opening day of trout season and caught many stocked trout on minnows, paste baits, spinner baits, and worms. Some hot spots have been Roaring Brook, South Branch Tunkhannock, and Lackawanna Lake. This week DeSandis Pond, Roaring Brook (Scranton and Dunmore), Aylesworth Reservoir and Merli-Sarnowski County Park Lake will be stocked. Also, with rising water temperatures anglers have been catching good numbers of crappies but the best has yet to come and we are anticipating the bite to increase as the water temperatures rise. Remember we are still within the cold weather time frame and it is mandatory to wear PFDs (Lifejackets) when operating all canoes, kayaks, and boats under 16 feet. Stay safe and good luck!
Northern Pike & Southern Wayne Counties
Anglers have been enjoying the nice weather here in the northeast. The bass have been biting on Lake Wallenpaupack and Shohola along with crappie and bluegills. Boaters are reminded to the PFD requirements until April 30th. Trout season is in full swing with many anglers having great success
Western Bradford & Sullivan Counties
This opening weekend was a success in the district. Trout were fairly cooperative with a majority of anglers reporting success with minnows or mealworms. Anglers fishing from boats are reminded of mandatory PFD usage and are encouraged to consult their boating handbook or www.fishandboat.com.