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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 – January 21, 2015
Carbon County

Little to no fishing activity has been occurring on approved trout waters in the district. A number of the streams are ice covered.  A few anglers fishing the Pohopoco Creek downstream of the outlet of Beltzville Lake have reported catching trout.

During the weekend, ice anglers at Mauch Chunk Lake were observed catching perch measuring between 13” – 14”.  Pickerel action was also good with a few observed being caught measuring from 22” – 23.”    Ice anglers also reported catching bass, but most were below the minimum size of 15.”  Panfish action was slow at the lake.  Live minnow, wax worms and butter worms appeared to be the best choice of baits.  Most fishing action was occurring off boat launch B. 

Ice fishing action was a little slower at Beltzville Lake.  Ice anglers reported catching a few bass, pickerel including panfish in the upper reaches of Preachers Camp access area.

Both ice anglers and non–ice anglers alike are reminded that ice conditions on most Commonwealth waters are not monitored.  Before venturing out onto the ice, drill or spud a sample hole and measure the ice as you move out from the shore.  Stay alert for differences in ice thickness and appearances as you move.  Never go out on the ice that’s less than four inches.  Avoid areas where there are feeder streams and springs including dark, honeycombed or porous ice.  Wear a life jacket or carry a personal flotation Type IV seat cushion including rope in case of an emergency.  Always take a partner and let others know exactly where you are going and when you will return.  Know how to dress for cold weather.   Wear insulated waterproof boots, ice cleats, and a pair of thick wool or non-cotton socks including waterproof gloves.  Wear handheld ice picks or spiked devices in the event of breaking through the ice, and you’re able to pull yourself out.
Lackawanna County

The recent cold snap has created some good ice conditions across the county.  At Lackawanna Lake the panfish have been biting all week.  Anglers have been doing well in the area of the swimming pool.  Some of the private ponds above the state park have been producing some nice perch and largemouth bass.  Early ice seems to always produce the best fishing opportunities.

N. Susquehanna / E. Bradford Counties

Many anglers are taking advantage of the hard water in Susquehanna County resulting in some nice fish. Most anglers have been using wax worms or minnows. An interesting trend has been that most anglers either have a Senior Lifetime License or a Multi-Year License. The convenience of not having to run out to get a new license, when the year changes, is good reason for someone to consider that Multi-Year License.
Wyoming County

Ice fishermen have been active since the lakes have frozen.  There have been ice anglers on virtually every public lake in the area, as well as many fishing smaller farm ponds and semi-private lakes.  The most fish being caught are in the ponds in Southwest Susquehanna County.  Successful anglers have been catching perch on minnows and wax worms.

Western Bradford & Sullivan County

Ice anglers fishing the North Branch of the Susquehanna River are having great success targeting walleye using minnows.  Ice anglers on ponds and other impoundments are producing steady panfish with mealworms and wax worms on small jigs.

Reminder: The PFBC does not monitor ice thickness.  Ice thickness and conditions can vary greatly across the lake. Use caution as you head out onto the ice. A life jacket and a set of ice awls can be extremely important if you fall though the ice. Remember SAFETY FIRST:

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Fishing and Boating Report – January 14, 2015
Pike County

Ice fishing season has started here in the Northeast.  Many smaller lakes and ponds may have up to 6 inches of ice.  Shohola Lake has started off well with nice pan fish and some really good sized pickerel, the same held true for White Deer Lake and Lake Greeley.  Fishermen were catching nice sized pickerel, crappie and some bass.

As always be careful when venturing out onto the ice.  Make sure you wear plenty of warm clothes and a PFD especially when the ice is just starting to form on most bodies of water.  Also, remember to tell someone where you plan to go ice fishing for your safety.

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Fishing and Boating Report – January 8, 2015
Northern Columbia and Luzerne Counties

Cold weather this week may set ice on area ponds finally and hopefully this cold trend will continue to grow ice.  A lot of anglers are itching to get out on the hardwater and we may get there quickly if this weather keeps up.  With that in mind, we all must consider our safety when we do venture out.  Go with a group or at least one partner or at the very least let someone know your plans.  Make sure you cut a test hole before getting too far from the shore and wear a PFD.  New line and terminal tackle is also a small investment to make to avoid losing a big fish later on.

Wyoming County

Throughout the month of December fishing in the Susquehanna River was excellent.  While there weren’t a lot of anglers, those who made it out were rewarded with quality catches of walleye and smallmouth bass.

The weather has changed and area lakes have begun to freeze, but there is not yet any safe ice for fishing.  If the weather forecasts are accurate, we can anticipate ice on are lakes in the not too distant future.  Be careful not to get too anxious and take foolish chances before the ice becomes safe.

Southern Wallenpaupack District

Ice fishermen are having very good success catching chain pickerel in some of the smaller and mid-sized impoundments using live bait; ice thickness varies greatly from place to place and most bodies of water do not have thick enough ice to be considered safe.

Southern Luzerne and Southern Columbia Counties

Those brave enough to withstand the frigid temperatures on the Susquehanna River, are reporting success with smallmouth bass and walleyes utilizing 3-4 inch twister tail grubs, or live bait.
Along the streams and impoundments though, there has been virtually no activity.

It seems that most anglers are in a state of flux, eagerly awaiting ice on local lakes.  Fear not, with the sudden drop in temperatures it will not be much longer until we have fishable ice.  Now is the time for those last minute checks and preparations of your ice fishing gear, to make certain all is ready.

Anglers, who are fishing the open water, are reminded again of the mandatory life jacket wear.  This regulation pertains to boats under 16 feet, and all canoes and kayaks, from November 01 through April 30th.  This regulation has been in effect for over two years now, so most should be aware of it.

There will be a Basic Boating Class held at Nescopeck State Park on March 7th.  A boating Safety Certificate is required for anyone born January 1, 1982 or after, who operates a watercraft with a motor 26hp or greater.  As well as anyone who operates a personal watercraft (jet ski).

Northern Wayne County

Ice fishing has started as fishing activity is being observed on a number of frozen lakes.  Many waterways still have a large portion of open water.  Anglers venturing out on the hard water may want to consider wearing a life jacket.  Anglers are having a lot success using jigs tipped with meal and wax worms.  Good catchers of bluegill, perch and crappie are being reported and observed at Belmont Lake and Prompton Dam.

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