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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 – June 29, 2016
Bass Season started on June 18 and anglers are reminded to check their 2016 Pennsylvania Summary Book for current seasons, sizes and creel limits.  Anglers should be aware that certain waterways have special regulations; once again you can check this in your 2016 Pennsylvania Summary Book to check the specific regulations for any lake, river or stream you plan on fishing.  An online version of the 2016 Summary Book can be found at this link:

Much needed rain has fallen the past couple days in the region.  Streams had been very low and clear but the rain has recharged many of them.  Many streams still have a lot of trout left but anglers need to use stealth and fish as the sun is rising or setting.  The remaining trout in the stocked trout waters have been fished over and the ones left have been educated by other anglers.  Try using light lines, standing away from the banks, using trees to break you silhouette and wear earth tone colors.  Using a ‘hunters’ mentality this time of year can pay off!

Monroe County

Angling and small boating action is heating up with the increase in temperatures. Largemouth Bass are hitting well on the plastic baits. The number one color to use has been black with gold or silver fleck.  Make sure to get out and enjoy the great fishing!


This Osprey wasn’t going to wait on Bass Season to start!  This was photographed in April around the Opening Day of Trout. 


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Fishing and Boating Report – June 21, 2016
Bass Season started on June 18 and anglers are reminded to check their 2016 Pennsylvania Summary Book for current seasons, sizes and creel limits.  Anglers should be aware that certain waterways have special regulations; once again you can check this in your 2016 Pennsylvania Summary Book to check the specific regulations for any lake, river or stream you plan on fishing.  An online version of the 2016 Summary Book can be found at this link:

Luzerne County

Moon Lake, Sylvan Lake and Harris Pond have seen their fair share of anglers over the past week.  With the high temperatures and sunny days the anglers that on in the mornings and then again in the later evenings, when the temperatures and sun are at their lowest, have been finding the best success.  Wacky rigged worms have been producing near weed beds; the pumpkin color has been working the best.  Fly anglers have been targeting panfish on small poppers for the past week with good success.  Trout are still hitting at Moon and Sylvan Lake on small nymphs being retrieved slowly.  Just look for the occasional rising trout to find where you should be casting.

Northern Pike and Southern Wayne Counties

The Walleye, Stripers and Catfish have been hitting very well in Lake Wallenpaupack. All three species have been having a banner year according to anglers. The stripers are hitting mostly on live bait, herring and shiners.  Bass season in now open and many anglers have been doing well at Shohola Lake, Greely Lake and Lake Wallenpaupack.  Perch and bluegills have also been doing well at Shohola Lake and Greely Lake using live bait and small white colored jigs.

With boating season well under way, boaters are reminded to make sure that their registrations are up to date and that they have all the required safety equipment on board their vessels.  Safety should always be a top concern at all times while out on the waterways.

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Fishing and Boating Report – June 15, 2016
Southern Luzerne & Southern Columbia Counties

With water levels returning to normal the Susquehanna River has been producing some fine walleye and Smallmouth Bass fishing.  Anglers seem to be having little trouble enticing strikes with crankbaits and soft plastics from any of the traditional hot spots within the district.

Although fishing pressure is light on local trout streams there are still plenty of fish to be had, especially in the Lehigh River.  Current flow conditions for the Lehigh River can be found by contacting the USACE or Hickory Run State Park.

Lily Lake has been producing some nice crappies and trout in deeper water.
In Columbia County, Roaring Creek continues to provide ample trout fishing.  The reservoirs in Conrad Weiser State Forest have been producing some bass and pickerel action.  Anglers are reminded of strictly enforced Catch and Release Regulations for those bodies of water though.

Anglers are reminded that there is still a display requirement for fishing licenses.

Southern Wayne & Pike Counties

Water levels at Lake Wallenpaupack remain high, allowing boaters and anglers access to areas normally inaccessible.  Anglers have been having an unusually successful year catching walleye, stripers and catfish.  Pickerel and Largemouth Bass have turned on this past week, however, anglers should note bass season does not open until June 18th.

Monroe County

With the nice summer weather many unpowered boats have been on area waterways.  Kayak and stand up paddleboard activity has seen a major increase recently.  All paddlers are reminded they need to have a USCG approved personal flotation device in or on the vessel at all times.  It is recommended that you wear one at all times, even if not required to be worn, as a PFD is your number one defense against drowning.

Northern Wayne County

The crappie and pickerel are hitting live bait at Prompton Dam.  The trout streams are still in good shape with a lot of fish ready to be caught.  The seasons, sizes and creel limits remain waived on White Oak Pond and Miller Pond until July 15.

Lackawanna County

Trout fishing has slowed down but at Lackawanna Lake anglers concentrating on trout are still catching their limits.  Limits are being caught in bullhead bay and at the main boat launch.  Anglers were using paste baits on the bottom-rainbow color was doing the trick.

The opening day of bass is this weekend.  Remember Lackawanna Lake is a Big Bass Regulated lake and has a minimum size requirement of 15” for bass.

The boating traffic has been moderate on Lackawanna Lake.  Plenty of kayaks and canoes were present this past weekend.

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