With the start of the fall season and hunting activities most fishing and boating activity on the district’s waterways has been slow. A few anglers have been taking advantage of the warmer fall season and catching trout on the Pohopoco Creek, Mauch Chunk Creek and the Aquashicola Creek. Most of the approved trout waters in the district have been flowing low in recent weeks. However, with recent rain events, the streams are flowing close to normal flows. The Lehigh River has been producing some trout and small mouth bass action on the Parryville and Bowmanstown sections of the river.
Boat anglers fishing Mauch Chunk Lake have been doing well catching bass. However, most bass were reported less than the minimum size of fifteen inches. Mauch Chunk Lake is governed by the Big Bass program regulations. Anglers fishing from the shore area and the fishing pier at boat launch A at Mauch Chunk Lake have been reporting good success catching panfish and pickerel. Anglers and boaters visiting Beltzville Lake are reminded that the water level at the lake is low due to recent water releases. Preachers Camp boat ramp is closed. However, the area adjacent to the ramp remains open to launch canoes or kayaks. The Pine Run boat launch ramp still remains open. Boaters are reminded to remain alert for obstructions, stumps, logs, etc. while navigating the lake. A few boat anglers have reported doing well catching bass in recent weeks. Striped bass were reported being active off the area of the Pine Run Launch. Chicken livers appeared to work well as bait for some striped bass action. A few walleye were reported being caught during the late evenings on the Pohopoco Creek in the vicinity of the spillway area of Beltzville Lake.
Northern Pike County
Fishing has been slow in most parts of the county due to the low water conditions in the streams and rivers. The Lackawaxen River has been stocked with trout and the water levels are moderate with good results in catching fish. Shohola Lake is now reopened for fishing. Greeley Lake has been producing some good sized bass and plenty of pan fish and pickerel. Lake Wallenpaupack has just started to come alive again with walleye, perch, and bass.
Note: Boaters and boat anglers / hunters are reminded that beginning November 1st through April 30th they are required to wear a USCG approved personal flotation device while on boats less than 16’ in length including any canoe or kayak.
Southern Wayne & Pike County
The fall season has been kind with moderate temperatures throughout the region. Anglers throughout the district have had continued good success catching panfish in smaller impoundments using various types of natural and artificial bait.
Most lakes including Belmont, White Oak, Miller and Upper Woods Pond are extremely low due to drought conditions. Recent rains did very little to increase the levels. There are few fishermen around but those who are out are being rewarded with nice catches of smallmouth bass and panfish. With cooling water temps the walleye fishing at Duck Harbor Pond is expected to get better.
Temperatures have dropped in the area from the warm fall temperatures we had been enjoying. Heavy rains last week brought Susquehanna River levels to more seasonal conditions. Only a few fishermen have been outsince the weather conditions changed but area waterways are in good shape for fishing. Make sure to get out as the fall provides some of the best fishing for large fish during the year!