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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 – May 18, 2016
Southern Luzerne & Columbia Counties

The Susquehanna River has been running high, fast and muddy due to the recent rain.  Fishing pressure has been light and the few anglers on the river have been finding it difficult, but not impossible to hook up with Smallmouth Bass and some Walleye.  Try fishing the confluences with the creeks as the water seems to be a little clearer and fish your lures slow.  Try using lures with a bigger profile and those that emit some vibration or sound.  Also, scent is never a bad idea.

The district has wrapped up its in-season trout stocking and there are plenty of fish in the trout stocked waters to be caught.  Anglers have been doing well on a variety of baits, lures and flies.  Those venturing into the DHALO section of the Nescopeck Creek are reminded that the creel limit is zero and the possession of bait is prohibited, whether it is being used or not.

Anglers have been going out on a limb to get to trout this past week on local streams. Sometimes going the extra mile and using a ‘balanced’ fishing approach does have its reward.  Trevor Dietz, age 9 from Fairmount Springs shows his reward for going the extra mile!

Trevor fishing

Trevor with a Brook Trout

With the water temps being slightly colder than normal for this time of year, boaters are encouraged to wear a PFD, regardless of the size of boat or your swimming ability.

Maintenance personnel will be repainting lines at Lily Lake’s parking area sometime in the near future.  When this occurs, the parking lot will be roped off and closed.  Anglers and boaters will still be able to utilize the lake, but will be asked to park in the dirt lot across from the old bar room.

Northern Pike and Southern Wayne Counties

Fishing has been really good on Lake Wallenpaupack for Striped Bass and Brown Trout, mostly on live bait and slow trolling in the deep water.  Some of the lake and ponds in the district are starting to turn on for crappies and perch, and all are good for bluegills.

As our boating season has already started due to the lack of ice this year, boaters and anglers are still to be concerned about the cold water temps and to be wearing their PFD’s.  Cold water kills and even when the air temps are in the sixties and seventies.

Northern Wayne County

Perch and crappie are hitting at Belmont Lake using jigs and live bait.  Seasons sizes and creel limits are still waived at White Oak and Miller Ponds.  Anglers are catching crappies using pinheads from the shoreline and near boat docks in the region.
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Fishing and Boating Report – May 11, 2016
Carbon County

Although most of the Stocked Trout Waters in the district have received their in-season trout stockings, anglers are reporting seeing and doing well catching trout on most streams.  The Nesquehoning Creek received a trout stocking by a local club for a fishing contest during the weekend and a number of anglers are reporting catching trout that held over from the stocking.  The Lehigh River in the area of the Lehigh Gorge State Park was recently stocked by a local club and anglers have reported catching nice size trout near the Gorge and upriver of the Gorge.  Anglers fishing the Lehigh River in the Packerton and Palmerton area have also reported doing well catching trout.   Most trout are being caught on small stick baits, spinners and minnow.  The Mauch Chunk Creek, Mahoning Creek and the Lehigh Canal are scheduled for an in-season trout stocking on May 12.  Persons interested in assisting with the stocking can meet the stocking truck at Mauch Chunk Lake, boat launch A at 12 pm.  Anglers fishing at Mauch Chunk Lake during the weekend reported doing well catching panfish in the area of boat launch B.

Boaters are reminded to check all the necessary safety equipment on their boats before venturing out onto the water such as wearable personal floatation devices ( required for each person, must be of the appropriate size, child 12 years of age or younger must wear while underway on any boat 20’ or less in length and in all canoes & kayaks), a  throwable flotation device (in boats 16’ or more in length, except canoes & kayaks), a fire extinguisher (if required), a sound producing device and navigation lights.  Also, make sure the boat is properly registered (propelled by electric motor, gas).  Non-powered watercraft such as canoes, kayaks and rowboats using Fish & Boat Commission lakes and access areas including PA State Parks lakes must display either a valid launch permit or valid boat registration.

A Basic Boating Course will be held on May 23rd and May 25th from 6pm-10pm each night at the Beltzville State Park Environmental Interpretive Center. There is no charge for the course, but all participants must pre-register and attend both sessions. Contact the Park Office at 610-377-0045 for more information or to register. A Basic Boating Safety Education Certificate is required of all operators of a pwc or anyone born Jan. 1, 1982 or after that operates a motorboat of more than 25 hp.

Wyoming County

Fishing conditions are good throughout the region.  Scheduled in-season trout stockings have occurred on schedule and streams are in good shape.  The Susquehanna River is fishing well for Smallmouth Bass, walleye and catfish.  In addition to the trout fishing in Lake Winola, bass anglers have reported success and there have seen some pretty nice blue gills caught there as well.

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Fishing and Boating Report – May 4, 2016
Lackawanna County

Anglers were catching trout at Lackawanna Lake prior to the stocking truck arriving this past weekend. Rainbow colored paste bait seemed to do the trick. Anglers using pinhead minnows also did very well.

The Roaring Brook in Elmhurst, Dunmore and Scranton was stocked with trout earlier this week (Tuesday).  The water temperature was a perfect 54° but river levels were high because of recent heavy rains. Those anglers that fished out of the fast current did best. Pinhead minnows and spinners worked really well.

Western Bradford & Sullivan County

Anglers targeting trout with live bait report success using wax worms and butter worms on the Loyalsock Creek.  One fly fishing angler reported good success with Hendricksons when fishing Loyalsock Creek.

Monroe County

Shad have been running in Delaware River for past two weeks. Numbers are increasing as the weather get warmer. Although this past weekend, the bite was off because of the temperature drop.

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