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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 – July 30, 2014
Carbon County

Pohopoco Creek: Although most of the approved trout waters have been receiving little to no fishing pressure, anglers fishing the Pohopoco Creek have been reporting good results catching trout in recent weeks.  The most successful anglers have been on the water during the early morning or evening hours.
Lehigh River: Anglers have also reported doing well catching smallmouth bass and trout on the Lehigh River from Weissport to the Bowmanstown Pool area of the river.  Spinners and stick bait type lures appeared to work the best.  Night time fishing activities have been providing good catfish and eel action.

Mauch Chuck Lake: Bass action still remains good at Mauch Chunk Lake.   Boat anglers have been reporting catching nice size perch and crappies as well.  Jigs tipped with a minnow appeared to work the best.

Beltzville Lake: Anglers have had good bass action in the upper areas of the Preachers Camp boat access.  Striped bass action has been good in the early morning or evening hours near the Pine Run boat access and the upper reaches of the Preachers Camp boat access.  A number of anglers fishing chicken livers have reported good results catching striped bass and catfish.

Amber with Striped Bass
Amber Wechsler of Kunkletown is proudly displaying a 30 inch Striped Bass that she recently caught at Beltzville Lake during the evening using chicken livers as bait

Western Bradford & Sullivan County

Susquehanna River: Anglers have been successful targeting bass on the upper reaches of the Susquehanna River.  Green plastics on jig heads are consistently catching bass and should be the first choice of lure for anglers searching for bass.

Northern Wayne County

Northern Wayne County has fishing has exploded!  Reports of huge largemouth bass in the early morning hours have been received from various areas of the district.  Rubber worms, top water lures and large live bait have been the baits of choice.  Channel catfish are becoming very active in the area rivers as well.  Chicken livers and hotdogs have been enticing some rather large channel cats into a feeding frenzy.

Miller Pond: The panfish are active at Miller Pond, a simple bobber and worm will do the trick most anytime of the day or night.

Delaware River: The smallmouth bass fishing is “HOT” on the Upper Delaware River.  Small spinners and clippers are proving some incredible action.

Monroe County

Private community lakes have seen a huge increase in boating this past weekend. Most boats enjoying the great weather were unpowered vessels.  Unfortunately, most did not have the required life jackets for their passengers.  Remember, you need one wearable life jacket for each person on board and children under the age of 13 must wear while underway.

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Fishing and Boating Report – July 23, 2014
Lackawanna County

As the summer and warm weather progresses the best time to fish is early morning or evening.  Anglers, who have been coming early and staying late, have been landing many nice bass using rubber twister tails and rubber worms.  Brown bullheads have been caught at Lackawanna Lake using red worms and night crawlers fished on the bottom.  The panfish have been biting at Lackawanna Lake, especially during the late afternoons into dusk.  There have been plenty of kayaks on Lackawanna Lake over the past week.  Anglers have also been fishing from kayaks at the state park.

Wayne & Pike Counties

Currently, fishing has been slow on the Delaware River. Most anglers have not been rewarded for their time spent on the water.  The rain storms in the forecast hopefully will turn the fishing around.  Streams in the summer usually fish very well after a typical summertime shower.  Get to the water and prepare to fish during the rain and as the water is on the rise.  If you hear or see thunder and lightning, be safe and retreat from the water.  Catching a fish is not worth the price you will pay if you get struck by lightning.

Panfish anglers have been doing well on area ponds and lakes.  Anglers are catching various species of fish on assorted live and artificial baits. 

Wyoming County

The Susquehanna River is in good shape right now.  Walleye anglers have been finding good success.  Also, the summer smallmouth bass action has been really good.  Lake Winola is fishing great as well.  Trout and bass anglers have reported catching quality fish in good numbers.

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Fishing and Boating Report – July 16, 2014
Carbon County

There has been little to no fishing pressure on most approved trout waters in the area over the past few weeks.  Some anglers have been catching trout on Aquashicola, Lizard, Pohopoco Creek and Mauch Chunk Creeks. 

Anglers fishing the Lehigh River near Parryville have been catching trout and smallmouth bass.  The section near Palmerton has also been providing good night time opportunities for catfish and eels.  River flows have been high in recent days due to storm events.

Mauch Chunk Lake has been providing good bass fishing opportunities.  However, most bass have been less than the minimum size of 15 inches.  Angles should note the lake is under Big Bass Special Regulations, which require that all bass must be a minimum of 15 inches before being taken or possessed.  Pickerel action has been good at the lake.  Crappie and nice size perch are being caught near the North and South shoreline areas.  A few walleye have been caught near the dam breast area of the lake. 

The bass fishing action at Beltzville Lake has been good around the power line area and near the upper reaches of Pohopoco Bay.  A few walleye have been taken during the evening hours near the dam breast and the Preachers Camp areas.  Striped bass action has been best in the evening or early morning hours.  A few striped bass were caught near the Pine Run Boat Launch. 

Boaters and anglers are reminded that alcoholic beverages are prohibited at both Mauch Chunk Lake and Beltzville Lake.  Regulations pertaining to consumption and or possession of alcohol are strictly enforced.    

Northern Susquehanna & Eastern Bradford

Anglers have been catching nice pan fish using night crawlers on several ponds throughout Susquehanna County.

Interest in the sport of kayaking has been growing over the past few years.  Kayakers and all boaters should remember that they need to obtain a launch permit or boat registration if they intend to use a Commission Access or State Park waterway. Information about launch permits or boat registration can be found by visiting the Commission’s boat registration web page:

Lake Wallenpaupack, Pike & Wayne Counties

Anglers are having good success around dock areas on local ponds and lakes for panfish.  Natural bait has been the bait of choice.

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