|Northern Columbia and Luzerne Counties
There is still great fishing to be had on the hard water, especially in the days spent fishing last ice. For now however, fishing hasn't been too good. Harris Pond was empty this last weekend and Briar Creek Lake was giving up some nice crappies, but at the rate of one per four hours. Anglers on Harveys Lake were able to land some very nice trout this past week. Frances Slocum was giving up plenty of fish just not many that anyone would want to take home. Lake Jean has provided the best fishing this past week. Several nice perch were taken and the Largemouth Bass seemed to be cooperating with successful anglers were using large shiners.
Those who are interested in assisting the Commission with our trout stocking program should be warned to check our website to make sure that the stocking they are planning on attending has not been changed to a later date. Road conditions, ice on streams and rivers and concerns for safe footing have all been working against us getting the trout out to the receiving waters according to plan. Also remember to dress for the weather, wear sturdy footwear and only do what you feel is safe for you to do while at a stocking.
This is the time of year that the Commission starts stocking trout, so remember to check on the body of water that you are planning to fish from March 1st to the opening day of Trout. All approved trout waters are currently closed to fishing during this time period.
Ice fishing is still going strong at Shohola Lake, Greely Lake, and Lake Wallenpaupack. Bass, pickerel, bluegills, and perch are what most anglers are catching. Keep a close eye on the ice conditions as the warmer temps are starting to degrade the snow and ice. Ice fisherman are having good luck in most areas of southern Pike county fishing for panfish using wax worms and small minnows on tip ups.
Approved Trout waters closed on March 1, 2015 until 8:00 a.m. April 18, 2015, the opening day of trout season. Fishing is prohibited at Lake Winola and Oxbow Lake until the opening day of trout season.
Lake Carey has provided little action for anglers this year, in terms of the amount of fish caught. Stevens Lake has fished well for most anglers. Semi-private ponds in the area have also been somewhat productive. While the ice is still thick, be careful not to try to extend ice fishing season too far. Late season ice is generally poor quality and as we get longer days and rain instead of snow, the strength of the ice will diminish. Anglers should use caution and if there is a doubt, wait for open water.
Private lake ice fishing activity was sparse this past weekend despite the higher temperatures. Anglers who took advantage of the great weather found that bass and pickerel were hitting minnows. The panfish bite seemed to be taking a break for the weekend, but anglers should expect it get better from now until ice out.
Southern Luzerne & Southern Columbia County
Spring is right around the corner, and it is time for stocking of trout. The stocking for Roaring Creek, Mugser Run and South Branch Roaring Creek has been postponed until April 16th. Anglers should know that the Approved Trout Waters section of the Lehigh River is now listed as Approved Trout Waters Open to Year Round Fishing. No trout may in possession during the closed season, but the water will remain open to fishing. See the website or your summary book for additional information.
Those planning to boat once the ice clears are again reminded of the mandatory life jacket wear on boats less than 16 feet, and all canoes and kayaks. This regulation remains in effect through April 30th.
The Mentored Youth Trout Day is scheduled for April 11th, 2015. One difference this year is it applies to ALL Approved Trout Waters. See the website, or your summary book for additional information.
With the help of some milder weather last weekend, numerous anglers were observed out on the ice at Mauch Chunk Lake. They were doing well catching nice size bluegills, crappie and perch including some measuring 14 inches. Most fish were caught while using an ice jig tipped with wax worms or butter worms. Although a number of anglers reported success while jigging, a few anglers using tip ups reported catching pickerel and bass. Most pickerel and bass were of sub legal lengths. Most successful fishing activity has been occurring off boat launch B area of the lake.
Ice fishing action was somewhat slower at Beltzville Lake. However, a few anglers reported catching nice size pickerel near Preachers Camp access area of the lake. Ice anglers fishing the cove area of Pine Run and near the beach area of the lake did report catching bluegills and bass.
Due to inclement weather and unsafe conditions, the pre-season trout stockings on the Pohopoco Creek and the Mahoning Creek have been rescheduled. The Mahoning Creek trout stocking is now rescheduled for March 20. Persons wishing to assist with this stocking should meet the stocking truck at 12:00 pm at Normal Square, Lehighton, Rt. 443. The Pohopoco Creek trout stocking is now rescheduled for April 13. Persons wishing to assist with this stocking should meet the stocking truck at 12:00 pm at the Army Corps. Engineers Bldg., at Beltzville State Park located along Pohopoco Road, Lehighton.
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: http://fishandboat.com/safety.htm.