Several anglers have been out one the ice in Susquehanna County. Anglers have been reporting slow fishing to this point. Ice conditions can vary greatly depending on the body of water, so don’t assume that all bodies of water have enough ice!
On this past Sunday at a private pond, Assistant Regional Law Enforcement Manager Bryan Bendock spent his day ice fishing with a group of children from the Montrose School District. They caught several nice largemouth bass on tip ups with shiners. They also caught a few sunfish jigging with waxworms. They really got a lesson in Northeast winters because while the day started off sunny and pleasant, by the end of the day there was 4 inches of snow added to the snow pack!
Cade Mooney, Connor Capwell, Bridget Bendock, Elizabeth Chidester, Hunter Heeman, Hailey Dalton, and Kelsey Brown are posing with a great largemouth bass!
Elizabeth Chidester and Cade Mooney showing off another largemouth bass they successfully brought through the ice!
Northern Wayne County
The arctic weather has solidified most waterways. Hard-water anglers are reminded that any fishing devices must be under the immediate control of the angler. Dress in layers and be prepared for the cold. The few anglers that are braving the elements are having success with minnows in deep water close to structure. Jigging anglers are doing well late in the afternoon.
S. Luzerne / S. Columbia
With ice jams and ledge ice, fishing and boating on the Susquehanna River has been nonexistent. Ice anglers are doing well however, on impoundments such as Lily Lake and the Ice Lakes. Anglers targeting panfish are having success jigging with ice jigs tipped with wax worms or maggots. While tip ups baited with large shiners are catching nice pickerel and bass. Some anglers are still catching trout at Lily Lake with jigging rods as well.
Lake Francis has seen little ice fishing pressure, while FEW Reservoirs continue to be a popular locale among anglers. Mud Pond in Slocum Township has given up some nice pan fish as well.
With spring around the corner, it is not too early to start getting those essential items ready for the opening day. Anglers are urged to take advantage of the state wide Mentored Youth Trout Days this year. More information is available on the website.
Ice fishing has been slow for the past week. This is a big change from a couple weeks ago when anglers were catching fish everywhere. With fishing being sporadic at best, if you are not having success in the location or the holes you are fishing through, don’t be afraid to move around to different locations on the lake you are fishing on.
Ice anglers at Mauch Chunk Lake have been reporting good success catching pickerel and bass while using tip ups with minnows. A few anglers were observed in recent days catching nice size perch measuring from 12 to 14 inches. Most of the perch were caught in the shallow depths of the lake while jigging a small ice jig tipped with a minnow, meal worm or wax worm. Most of the ice fishing activity has been occurring off boat launch B. Although a few panfish were observed being caught in recent days, the overall panfish activity has been slow on the lake in recent weeks. One angler also reported catching a channel cat through the ice.
Ice anglers at Beltzville Lake have also reported some nice catches of pickerel and a few bass. Nice size pickerel have been caught in the area off Pine Run Launch, Preachers Camp and in the cove area near the boat rental. Both panfish and perch action has been slow at Beltzville Lake in recent weeks. Anglers and persons who venture out onto the ice are reminded that ice conditions on most Commonwealth waters are not monitored and should check the ice conditions first. Despite how cold it has been in recent weeks, some iced covered areas at both Mauch Chunk Lake and Beltzville Lake appeared to be thin.
It is also recommended that before venturing out onto the ice to wear a personal floatation vest, carry ice awls, rope and wear boot ice grips including dressing appropriately for the weather. It is also a good idea to carry a coach type whistle to signal for help in an event a mishap should occur.
Little to no fishing activity is occurring on the approved trout streams in the district. Some of the streams including areas on the Lehigh River have iced over in recent weeks.
Northern Pike County
Anglers have been enjoying the time out on the ice this season. The ice conditions are good with most ponds and lakes having a good 10 to 14 inches of good ice. Anglers are doing very well at Shohola Lake, Greely Lake, Lily Pond and Lake Wallenpaupack, catching everything from perch, bluegills, pickerel and bass. Even the stripers are cooperating on Lake Wallenpaupack. Most anglers have had good luck jigging using wax worms. No matter how or what you fish with, there is something about being out on the ice with a group of your friends just enjoying the day.
Wyoming / SW Susquehanna Counties
Prolonged cold weather has created the opportunity for ice fishing and area ice anglers have taken advantage of it. Many are having success on area lakes, mostly with panfish, although some trout have been caught at Lake Winola and bass in a few lakes as well. Most are using a combination of tip ups and jigging rods with typical ice fishing baits. Even though the ice seems quite thick, anglers should continue to take safety precautions, particularly in lakes where “bubblers” are in use to protect docks from damage.