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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 – August 17, 2016
Northern Columbia and Luzerne Counties

Fishing in some areas waterways seems to have been salvaged by the heavy rains we have experienced over the past week.  Area ponds, such as Moon Lake, had been fishing very poorly lately, but are now giving up nice catches of quality panfish.  Successful anglers have been targeting drop offs and weed edges.  Most of the success has come shortly before sunset and just after.  Areas streams are in much better shape and should be given consideration in the following weeks.

Area boaters will be happy to hear that the bridge project on Route 415 by the Grotto has been completed.  The new bridge is higher, allowing for slightly better clearance, and the overall span seems wider.  The choice of riprap for the abutment bases, instead of concrete walls, seems questionable at best.  The nature of the stone for this use necessitates that it be installed with a grade toward the channel.  This restricts the width of a channel that could have been made much wider with poured walls.  Additionally, either through sloppy installation or more likely bored miscreants, large rocks from the base of the bridge are finding their way into the channel.  At normal levels this should not present much of a hazard but with the low levels we are experiencing boaters that draft a little deeper are cautioned to trim up their motors and take it easy the first few times through to ensure a passage that is safe for their lower units.​ 

Wyoming County

This summer has been hot and humid, this has caused a decrease in the amount of fishing pressure.  Those who have ignored the uncomfortable conditions have had some success. An angler below the Falls bridge on the Susquehanna River landed a few Smallmouth Bass in the heat of the day this past Saturday.  Try fishing in the mornings and evenings as the fish will be much more active.  Fish shaded areas such as docks, overhanging trees, etc. and move to deeper water where fish are seeking relief from the heat.  Fortunately, we’ve had some rain lately and the river level has risen.  That should bode well for anglers looking to get up and down the river in boats.

Lackawanna County

The fishing pressure has been light over the past couple of weeks due to above average temperatures. Better days are ahead as we approach the fall.

Sullivan County

Trout anglers are reporting success in the deeper water at Hunters Lake.  Powerbait was producing well.

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Fishing and Boating Report – August 10, 2016
Southern Wayne & Pike Counties

Anglers were having success fishing for Smallmouth Bass on Lake Wallenpaupack this past week using live bait and fishing around shoals and rocky areas.

Monroe County

Recent rain events have re-energized both the fish and anglers. Anglers reported very good results this past weekend with natural bait, like minnows, giving the best results.  The bass, which had been lethargic, seem to be feeding again.

Wyoming County

Much needed rain brought the Susquehanna River level up slightly last week.  Anglers are having success with Smallmouth Bass and catfish on the river.  Lake Winola has been producing good catches of bass and trout this past week as well.  Panfish anglers found the fish willing to bite and providing a lot of action at Ford’s Lake, Lackawanna County, recently.  Everything is as it should be for mid-summer fishing in the area.

Western Bradford & Sullivan County

After some local rain last week the Susquehanna River jumped quickly but has started to fall quickly.  Many anglers were glad to see the level come up and have been out fishing since.  Those finding success have been using black and dark green jigs and lures.

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