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Map highlighting counties in the Northeast RegionREGION COUNTIES -- Bradford, Carbon, Columbia, Lackawanna, Luzerne, Monroe, Pike, Sullivan, Susquehanna, Wayne, Wyoming (County Guide)

Reports compiled by Allan Schreffler (alschreffl@pa.gov), Regional Education Specialist, using information provided by Waterways Conservation Officers, Area Fisheries Managers and other PFBC staff.

Fishing and Boating Report – April 9, 2014
Carbon County

Although the Mahoning Creek and Lizard Creek had received a good amount of fishing pressure on the March 29, Regional Opening Day of trout season, only a few anglers reported catching the limit with others reporting catching only a few trout.  Anglers fishing both streams in recent days have reported better success catching trout as the weather has become warmer and the stream levels were returning to normal flows.  Live minnows have worked best for most anglers. 

The Lizard Creek will receive an in-season trout stocking on April 16.  Persons wishing to assist with stocking can meet the stocking truck at approximately 11:30 am at the rear of the Andreas Post Office off Route 895. 

The Mahoning Creek will receive an in-season trout stocking on April 29.  Persons wishing to assist with stocking can meet the stocking truck at 11:45 am at Normal Square, Rt. 443.

April 12, at 8 am will mark the beginning of the Regular Opening Day of trout season on the remainder of the trout approved waters in the district.  Anglers are reminded that most of the fishing access areas to these streams are on private property.  Anglers should refrain from littering, blocking driveways, and building open fires.  By respecting the land owners rights it will help ensure fishing access in the future. 

The Lehigh River has been flowing higher than normal in recent days resulting in little to no fishing pressure.  A few anglers were observed catching trout off the East Penn boat launch area. 

Little to no fishing activity has been occurring at Mauch Chunk Lake.  Persons who wish to use boat launch B ramp are reminded that the launch ramp is closed due to ice damage. 

A few boat anglers at Beltzville Lake reported catching bass and pickerel.

Boaters are reminded that during the period from November 1st to April 30th, boaters must wear a personal flotation device (pfd) on boats less than 16 feet in length or any canoe or kayak

W. Bradford and Sullivan Counties

Despite high and turbid water in the Susquehanna River (Bradford County section) anglers are reporting very good success targeting catfish.  If fishing from a boat, use caution in high water and remember that we are still in the mandatory PFD use time.

Northern Columbia and Luzerne Counties

Area waterways have been receiving their pre-season trout stockings and levels and water conditions look fantastic for this weekend.  Anglers in boats are reminded that they need to wear their PFD's AT ALL TIMES when out on the water in a boat <16 feet from November 1st through April 30th.  Those assisting with stockings are reminded that their participation is greatly appreciated.  As well, please make sure you dress for the weather, wear sturdy footwear and be aware of traffic at all times during stocking activities.  WCO's will attempt to maintain a safe environment for you and monitor and control traffic but nothing can replace you keeping a sharp eye out for trouble. 

The Mentored Youth Fishing Day has been postponed to May 10th at Briar Creek Lake and other waters in this program.

Southern Wayne County

West Branch of Wallenpaupack Creek, DHALO section was recently stocked with Rainbow & Brown trout. Despite cold water conditions anglers were having good success using a variety of artificial lures

N. Susquehanna and E. Bradford Counties

The ice fishing is winding down rather rapidly.  Anglers should use caution and wear a personal floatation device.  Most approved trout waters are stocked full.  Long Pond and Upper Woods Pond are beginning to thaw they may be open for the opening day on April 12th.

Largemouth bass
Jeff Piazza of Old Forge with a largemouth bass, landed and released in Wayne County

Boating anglers are reminded that wearing life jackets is mandatory on all boats less than 16 feet and all canoes and kayaks until April 30th.

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Fishing and Boating Report – March 27, 2014
Northern Pike County

Shohola Lake still seems to be the lake of choice here in the district for successful anglers.  Bass, perch, bluegills, and pickerel are still being caught in good numbers.  Anglers on Lake Greely are doing really well with bluegills and perch. Lake Wallenpaupack is still a good place to fish, but be careful of the degrading ice along the edges. The ice is still around 18” in most places.

Carbon County

Saturday, March 29, at 8 am will mark the beginning of the Regional Opening Day of trout season on the Lizard Creek and Mahoning Creek in Carbon County.  These two streams are the only approved trout waters in the district which are part of the Regional Opening Day trout program.  All other approved trout waters in the district are closed to fishing until the Regular Opening Day for trout on April 12, at 8 am. 

Anglers are reminded that most access areas to any of the approved trout waters in the district are on private property.  Anglers are asked to refrain from littering, building open fires, blocking driveways, etc.  Respecting the rights of the landowners and property will help to ensure access to the streams in the future.  As of this report, most of the approved trout streams in the district have received a pre-season trout stocking with some sections of streams being float stocked.   Most streams are currently flowing a little higher than normal due to the snow melt. 

Ice conditions are deteriorating on both Mauch Chunk Lake and Beltzville Lake.  Prior to the present ice conditions, anglers at Mauch Chunk Lake were very successful catching pickerel, bass and perch measuring between 13” to 15”.  One angler caught and released a 24” walleye on a large shiner while fishing Mauch Chunk Lake using a tip up off the area of boat launch b.

Walleye
John Guignet Jr., of Center Valley, PA proudly displaying a 24” walleye, he caught and released while ice fishing at Mauch Chunk Lake

A PA Basic Boating Education program will be held at Beltzville Lake on April 7 and April 9, from 6pm – 10 pm.  Persons wishing to attend the class must pre-register by contacting Beltzville State Park (610-377-0045) and attend both sessions.  All PWC operators (12 years of age and older) are required to have boating safety education certificate to operate and all persons born on or after January 01, 1982 who will operate a watercraft equipped with a motor greater than 25 horse power are required to possess a boating safety education certificate.

S. Luzerne / S. Columbia Co.

With the recent warm up in temperatures, it certainly seems as though our ice fishing season is over.  There is currently no safe ice in the district, and anglers are cautioned to stay off of those waters with remaining ice cover. While the ice fishing season got off to a slow start, we actually ended up with a season a little longer than normal.

Trout stockings are in full swing, and with the exception to the change to the Lehigh River, we are proceeding as planned. With the trout opener just around the corner, now is the time to make certain all of our gear is in good working order. 

Anglers looking forward to the Mentored Youth Fishing Day are reminded that the date has been changed to May 10th, statewide.  This is due to many of the waterways across the state with remaining ice cover.

There has been some recent activity on the Susquehanna River, but most reports indicate that the fishing has been slow.  Fear not, there is a warm up on the horizon, and better fishing awaits us all.

Those venturing out on the water, are again reminded of the mandatory PFD wear in effect through April 30th.

Southern Wallenpaupack

Fishing in southern Wayne and Sothern Pike counties had slowed down considerably. There is still plenty of ice on most bodies of water, but ice next to structure and along shorelines is degrading rapidly and fisherman should use extreme caution when venturing out onto the ice.

Northern Wayne County

Volunteers are extremely valuable this time of the year as each Approved Trout Water gets its allotment of trout.  This task usually includes walking down the stream or to a lake to dump the fish in.  With this cold winter and frozen lakes our volunteers have been putting trout in holes cut on the ice more often than not!  Thank you to all those who took time to come out and help stock the streams and lakes in the region.

Stocking
Chad and Becky McKenrick introduce some large trout into Long Pond through a hole cut in the ice

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