|Pike & Wayne Counties
Lake Wallenpaupack is in full swing, although many anglers are complaining the fish don’t want to cooperate; it seems warm water conditions have made some fish lethargic, fishing deeper water seems to be the key. Lake levels have dropped considerably over the summer and obstacles that were submerged early in the season have now broke the surface, in addition; two of the shoal buoys have either been removed or have drifted away: the shoal buoy in Martin’s Cove on the right as you enter the cove and the shoal marker at Burns Island. Both buoys should be replaced by Monday 8/10/15.
Water levels are low across the region and can make fishing more difficult. Anglers going out in the early morning and late afternoon/evening fishing are reporting success. Crappie have been very active with small jigs. Smallmouth Bass and Largemouth Bass are taking bigger jigs and crank baits at Prompton Dam and White Oak Pond. Some perch and walleye catches are being reported at Duck Harbor Pond and Long Pond.
The Lackawaxen River is still a good place to fish for trout but you need to pay attention to what is hatching on that particular day because that seems to be the only thing that they are hitting on. Other lake and ponds in the district are still good for panfish and pickerel. Some bass are beginning to get active again but mostly in deeper waters.
Boating is still very active and the weather and water temps are very warm. Please be safe and wear your PFD’s.
Northern Columbia and Luzerne Counties
Fishing in most area waterways has been hit or miss as of late. Frances Slocum still gives up smaller panfish with regularity and a nice Walleye here or there in the evening. Most walleye are being taken by folks targeting bass with stickbaits and diving lures. Harveys Lake continues to reward those who know where and how to fish for the big Browns.
Area residents are reminded that not only is it illegal to release non-native species in area waters, in many cases it also result in the released pet dying as the conditions are not natural to them or the have a serious impact on the animals naturally present.
The Susquehanna River is at normal summer levels. There has not been as many anglers as usual for this time of year, perhaps due to the early summer conditions, but anglers can expect normal summer fishing from here on out. Lake Winola has been fishing very well, particularly for Largemouth Bass. Slot limits appear to have worked in establishing a population of larger size bass. Stevens Lake is over run with weeds, but anglers willing to deal with it are rewarded with good catches. Overall, results are typical of late season fishing in hot temperatures. Try to fish early in the mornings or later in the evening for the best fishing.