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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 (, Regional Education Specialist, using information provided by Waterways Conservation Officers, Area Fisheries Managers and other PFBC staff.

Fishing and Boating Report – April 21, 2014
Carbon County

The start of the Regular Opening day of trout season combined with the warmer weather brought many anglers to the approved trout waters in the district.  Some streams received more fishing pressure than in previous years of opening days with other streams receiving moderate to normal fishing pressure.  Most anglers were observed or reported catching trout.  Live minnow, night crawler, spinners and paste baits appeared to work well.  A few trout were observed caught by anglers from the district's waterways measuring between 22 - 23 inches. 

Although, the streams may have received a good amount of fishing pressure, anglers have reported seeing a number of trout left over from the opening day.  With the large volume of anglers along the streams on the opening day, only a few incidents involving littering and parking were reported and investigated.  However, even with a few incidents, it only takes one incident to close access to the stream for public fishing as most access areas are on private property.  Therefore, anglers are reminded to refrain from littering, blocking roadways, driveways, building, tending open fires, and use good stream side manners which will help to ensure access to public fishing in the future.
Angler pressure was moderate on the Lehigh River from Jim Thorpe to Palmerton area on the opening day.  The Lehigh River had received a trout stocking by a local club on the opening day.  A few anglers reported doing well near Jim Thorpe, Lehighton and the East Penn boat launch area.  Spinners and stick baits appeared to work well.
Beltzville Lake and Mauch Chunk Lake received increased fishing and boating activity since the warmer weather has arrived.  Currently, the regulatory buoys (Slow No Wake, Ski Zone, etc.) at Beltzville Lake are not in place.  Boaters are reminded that although the buoys are not in place the regulations pertaining to those areas are in effect and enforced.  Maps of the lake are posted at each boat launch indicating the special regulations areas. 

A basic boating education course will be held at Beltzville State Park EIC Center on May 4th from 9am to 5 pm.  This 8 hour course is required by persons who wish to operate a personal watercraft (PWC) and persons who were born January 01, 1982 and after who will be operating a watercraft equipped by an engine 26 horsepower or more.  Persons interested in taking this course must pre-register by calling the Beltzville State Park Office at 610-377-0045.      

Gary with rainbow
Gary L. Reed of Lehighton proudly displaying a 23" Rainbow Trout he caught at the Lehigh Canal, Lock 7 on the Regular Opening Day of Trout season

Jeffrey with rainbow
Jeffrey Berger of Slatington proudly displaying a 22 1/2" Rainbow Trout he caught at the Lehigh Canal, Lock 7 on the Regular Opening Day of Trout season

Western Bradford and Sullivan County

Anglers targeting trout on the opening day were successful using wax worms and trout magnets at Sunfish Pond.

Hunter with brook trout
Hunter Hildebrandt, a first time fisherman, caught this 16” brook trout on the opening day of trout season

Northern Columbia and Luzerne Counties

The weather cooperated for the First Day of Trout Season here in Northeast Pennsylvania, even if the fish did not in some places.

Harveys Lake:  Angler reports came in that many anglers at Harveys Lake left with a limit on Saturday.  Paste baits, spinners, spoons and live bait seemed to do the trick for many.

Harveys Creek:  Success was spotty in the morning.  Paste baits, corn, spoons and flies accounted for most of the catch.

Lake Took-A-While:  Of all places patrolled Saturday this was perhaps the hardest to find a successful angler.  Very few fish were taken.  Heavily stained water and colder than normal water temperatures under a blue sky may of had something to do with it.

Pine Creek:  Most anglers came away with a couple of fish here.  The most popular baits seemed to be corn, paste, and worms.

Huntington Creek:  Not many anglers still on the creek in the afternoon but a few still present had a few fish here and there with a couple trophies.  There should still be quite a few fish here.

Fishing Creek:  Most anglers reported slim to spotty success with the best luck being in the area above and below Benton Dam.  The surprise was the lack of success at Camp Lavigne with the exception of the area of the last camp downstream.  The walk seemed worth it to those who put in the effort.

Little Fishing Creek:  Reports here were very similar to Fishing Creek.  Not much going on in most spots but there were a few areas that provided a consistent bite like the bridges on Sereno Hollow Road and the Red House.

West Creek: Devoid of anglers by the afternoon on the first day.  The bite had been reported to be slow in the morning.

Overall it was a beautiful day to be out fishing but not such a great day to be catching fish in most areas.  All the waters were quite cold for the time of year and that along with the clear blue skies could have had something to do with the slow action.  All in all this should mean more trout left in the waters for later days.  Check the Commission website for in season stockings and get out to help and fish if you can.  Still, it was a great day to be out next to Pennsylvania's waters.  There were a lot of people out enjoying the day and the camaraderie that the First Day of Trout Season always brings.  In fact, in recent memory this was one of the best turnouts for the opener we have seen in some time.

Monroe County

Open day of trout season has never seen more anglers than this past weekend. Excellent weather coupled with good creek and stream flows was custom made for the trout angling public. Catches were a bit low due to water temperatures being in the mid-forties, but that didn’t stop fishermen from wading right into the Brodhead Creek or McMichael’s Creek. We are expecting reports of more catches once the waters warm up about five more degrees.

S. Luzerne / S. Columbia Co.

With the passing of yet another trout opener, most anglers are enjoying the spring warm up and ample fishing opportunities along the local waterways.  Anglers did especially well opening day, along Roaring Creek, Lake Irena and Lake Francis, with many anglers reporting they caught their limit in no time at all.

Anglers were reporting good catches on just about anything they used, from live bait to small spinners and jigs, as well as paste baits and salmon eggs.

That being said, there are still plenty of trout left in the streams, and in season stockings are set to begin.

Anglers are reminded of the Delayed Harvest Artificial Lure only section along the Nescopeck Creek.  No bait is permitted to be in possession along this section.  Check the summary book, and maps available for more information.

Boaters are reminded of the Mandatory Life Jacket Wear in effect for boats less than sixteen feet, and canoes and kayaks, through April 30th.

Activity on the Susquehanna River is beginning to pick up, and most anglers there are looking forward to the opening day of Walleye, set for May 3rd.

Southern Pike and Northern Monroe Counties

Anglers had good success catching trout using various types of artificial and natural baits while fishing in Bushkill & Saw Creek in Pike County and at Tobyhanna Lake & Tobyhanna Creek in Monroe County.

Boaters are reminded that all persons on watercraft less than 16' and all canoes and kayaks must wear an USCG approved personal flotation device of the appropriate size during the period from November 1st to April 30th. 

Lackawanna County

Plenty of anglers lined the shores of Lake Wilson for the opening day like many other area lakes and streams.  Cold water temperatures across the area did not help matters as anglers had to be patient to catch their limits of trout.  Anglers in the Lackawanna River seemed to have about the same amount of luck and also needed to practice patience.

The usual hot spots in the South Branch of the Tunkhannock had plenty of people and anglers fared better in the South Branch.  Several large fish were taken in the Roaring Brook in Dunmore and Scranton and anglers did well in the Bunker Hill section.

Paste baits worked really well at Lackawanna Lake.  There were several very large rainbow trout taken throughout the day the lake.

Sydney helping stock
Sydney Seman, from Lenoxville, was a great help this year during the stockings.  Here she is on the stocking truck helping net trout with Brian McKinley from the Benner Springs Hatchery.

Jake stocking
Jake Rosler recently helped WCO Walter Buckman stock trout into Merli Sarnoski Lake

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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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