|Western Bradford & Sullivan Counties
Anglers using large black and orange colored spinners were eliciting musky strikes on the North Branch of the Susquehanna River. If you are targeting these fish, just remember they are called the ‘fish of one thousand’ casts for a reason! Use patience and cover likely water thoroughly. Also, with the recent rain in the region the river is running perfect for paddlers! Make sure to enjoy the mild weather and nice flows with a day on the water.
Southern Luzerne & Southern Columbia Counties
Fishing on the Susquehanna River continues to be good, with anglers reporting catches of smallmouth bass, walleye and muskie. Most fish are still being taken on the old standby’s-soft plastics and lipless crankbaits. Anglers targeting catfish on the river have also been doing well.
Lily Lake continues to produce bass in nice numbers, as well as trout and panfish. Though, most anglers targeting trout are finding them in deeper water.
Activity on the local trout streams has been slow; those finding success are doing so by fishing the evening hatches. Stealth and presentation is paramount this time of year! Make sure to wear dark clothing and make sure your hat brim is also a dark color. Wearing white or another bright color can be the difference between a great or poor day on the water.
As people start to shift focus to preparing for the upcoming hunting seasons, let’s not forget the abundant opportunities for some of the year’s finest fishing during the fall months. Both Lily Lake and Lake Irena are scheduled to receive fall stockings of trout, and the DHALO section of the Nescopeck Creek is one of the most scenic stretches of the creek. What better way to spend a crisp fall afternoon, that by being on the stream?
It’s that time of year when the Susquehanna River is low and launching boats can be difficult for the public and Conservation Officers alike. In some cases it may be easier if the boat trailer is positioned slightly off the ramp to allow more water under the boat. Please be respectful of the boat launches and don’t make a mess for others and don’t overestimate the capabilities of yourself or your equipment.
As the water cools in the fall boaters are encouraged to wear their PFD, as even an experienced boater can capsize their boat.
Southern Wallenpaupack District
Lake Wallenpaupack has provided anglers with plenty of action the past week. Anglers are having good success fishing for walleyes using jigs and spinners with nightcrawlers.
All unpowered boats (canoes, kayaks, stand-up paddleboards, rowboats, etc) launching or retrieving at PFBC access areas and DCNR state parks or forests must have a current boat registration (issued by any state), or PFBC Use Permit, or DCNR Launch or Mooring Permit. For more information, visit http://fishandboat.com/registration.htm.