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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 – December 17, 2014
Western Bradford & Sullivan County

As ice anglers begin to get prepared for the ice fishing season, it is a good idea to revisit ice safety.  Before setting out remember, don’t ice fish alone and always closely monitor ice conditions.  Please review the following ice safety chart and ice safety reminders, to ensure a fun and safe ice fishing season!

N. Susquehanna/E. Bradford Counties

Poor ice conditions are limiting anglers. Anglers looking to wet a line in Bradford County may find the Susquehanna River their best bet. The Susquehanna has plenty of open water offering shore fishing or possibly a chilly boat ride.

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Fishing and Boating Report – December 10, 2014
Carbon County

Since the hunting season has been underway and the colder weather arriving most fishing and boating activities in the district has been very light.  However, a number of anglers who have taken advantage of some of the warmer days have been fishing the Pohopoco Creek and reported doing well catching trout. 

The Lehigh River from Lehighton downriver to Palmerton also has been producing some nice size trout including a few reports of walleye being caught near Weissport.

The water level at Beltzville Lake continues to be low.  Boat anglers had reported doing well catching bass while the lake was being lowered.  Shore anglers reported catching a few striped bass using live bait during the evenings off the Pine Run boat launch area.  Pickerel were active near the Preachers Camp access area including some nice size perch being caught in the upper reaches of the Pohopoco Bay area.  Boaters are reminded to use caution while boating at Beltzville Lake due to the lower water levels. 

Fishing activity at Mauch Chunk has been very light in the last few weeks.  The lake level at Mauch Chunk Lake is also lower than usual.   A few anglers reported catching perch near the dam breast area of the lake.

Note: Boaters are also reminded that during the period from November 1st through April 30th  you must wear a life jacket on boats less than 16’ or on any canoe or kayak.
  
Southern Wallenpaupack

Angling pressure has been very low.  Ice is too thin to fish on right now and the rain has put people off from fishing.  The rain has put much needed water into local waterways, if anglers are able to ignore the weather and fish they will do well.

Wyoming County

There have been few anglers in this area over the past couple of weeks.  Lake fishing has been non-existent due to a light coat of ice on the surface of area lakes.  There have been a few anglers fishing in the Susquehanna River with moderate success.  River levels rose significantly over the weekend.  Weather forecasts for the next few days do not make fishing opportunities likely.

Northern Wayne County

There is little to fishing due mostly to conditions and hunting season.  There is skim ice on some waterways; anglers should be reminded that 4” of solid black ice is the minimum that is recommended.  Now is a good time to prepare your ice fishing gear and make sure your auger starts.

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Fishing and Boating Report – December 3, 2014
Northeast Region

Now is a great time to prepare all your ice fishing gear and make sure your augers are sharp and reload your reels with new line, as it can lose its strength as it gets old.  Preparing now will make sure that you are ready to get out as the ice gets thick enough to support anglers.

Lakes and ponds, previously covered by thin ice, now have large openings and have once again made fishing from the shore possible.  The fish are putting on their feed bags right now to prepare for the coming winter and cold weather.  Make sure to get out a wet a line from the shore as it could provide some of the best fishing for large fish that live in our local waterways.

Area streams are still running low, due to lack of rain, and the cold weather has put ice on some portions of them.  With the water being low and clear, make sure to use stealth when approaching and using light line is a must.  With the warmer weather in the forecast and rain predicted as well, this could push the streams up and provide a warm up, which combined should provide some excellent trout fishing.

Those interested in targeting large trout, now is a great time of year to try your hand at some night fishing.  The largest trout will be doing their feeding at night and large lures fished low and slow will do the trick.  With water being low, go to your favorite fishing spots during the day and use polarized sunglasses to observe the trout.  This takes some practice to pick out fish that aren’t moving, but it will make picking out the best spots to try to night fish easier.  It is much easier to stay out late and fish when you know a fish of a lifetime is the hole you are fishing.  Good luck and tight lines!

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