|Safety and Regulations for all Anglers and Boaters
All anglers across the state need to be aware that bear and then deer rifle season are starting over the next week and run until Saturday, December 12th. Make sure to wear fluorescent orange while fishing, a hat and vest will do the trick, to make sure hunters can clearly see you. Fluorescent orange is not required on Sundays since hunting is closed on that day. Good luck and be safe!
Boaters are required, by law, to wear life jackets on boats less than 16 feet in length or any canoe or kayak during the cold weather months from November 1 through April 30. This requirement is intended to protect boaters from the dangers of cold water shock if they fall into the water.
Northern Susquehanna & Eastern Bradford Counties
The unseasonably warm temperatures have provided some great fishing and boating on the Susquehanna River in Bradford County. Several anglers were successful catching walleyes with perch pattern crank baits.
Northern Pike and Southern Wayne Counties
Anglers are still having good luck catching stripers on Lake Wallenpaupack using large shiners. Other ponds and lakes in the area have been good for blue gills and pickerel.
As the water is turning colder along with the weather, please be reminded that you must wear your PFD’s on boats less than 16 feet and on all canoes and kayaks until April 30th. Be safe out there. The most important time of the day, other than those times spent relaxing while fishing, is when you get to come home to your family.
Trout Streams across the Region
Streams that received fall stockings are still full of trout and just need anglers to enjoy the great fishing. The last rains brought up area streams nicely and they are fishing well. The trout are being found in the deeper pools in the streams and with the cooler temperatures are hitting dead drifted bait and lures better than those being actively retrieved. A saying for late fall and winter fishing that should never be forgotten is ‘low and slow,’ remember to get your lure deep and imitate the slow natural drift of the current and you can find trout more than willing to bite and make a great day out on the water.
To find the complete list of stocked streams please visit: http://fishandboat.com/stocking