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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 – July 22, 2015
Carbon County

Little to no trout fishing activity has been occurring on the district’s approved trout waters in recent weeks with the exception of Mauch Chunk Creek and Pohopoco Creek, downstream of the outlet of Beltzville Lake.  A number of anglers fishing the Lehigh River near Parryville, Bowmanstown and the Palmerton area had reported good success catching Smallmouth Bass.  Whitewater rafting activity on the Lehigh River has been especially busy on the weekends within the Lehigh Gorge State Park and down river to the Rt. 895 Bridge near Bowmanstown.  Anglers fishing the river during the evenings also had reported catching nice size catfish and eels.

Mauch Chunk Lake has been providing good bass action in recent weeks.  However, most bass are under the legal minimum size of fifteen inches.  Mauch Chunk Lake is governed by the Big Bass Program Special Regulations.  In addition, anglers fishing off the fishing pier located at boat launch A have been reporting catching nice size crappie and some pickerel as well.  However, most pickerel are sub-legal in length.    A jig tipped with a live minnow appears to work well for catching some crappie.  Perch action also appears to be good near the area of the lake near boat launch B.

Beltzville Lake has been producing some decent bass action near the power line area of the lake and the upper reaches of Pohopoco Bay.  Striped bass action appears to be best during the evenings or early morning hours.  An angler recently reported catching a 24” walleye off the point of the Pine Run boat access during the evening while using a deep diving crank bait.  Boat traffic remains heavy during the weekends.   

Anglers, boaters and persons visiting both Mauch Chunk Lake and Beltzville Lake are reminded that alcoholic beverages are prohibited on both the water and on the lands at the parks.  Boaters are reminded to check all the necessary boating safety equipment on their boats including a valid registration ( motor boats) or Pa. Fish & Boat Commission or DCNR  launch permit (non – powered boats ) before venturing out on to the waters.  Remember to wear your life jacket.  It could save your life.

Wyoming County

Susquehanna River:  The rain has kept the river high for the past month but it is returning to normal levels and more anglers are fishing as the river is dropping. As the river settles expect the fishing to continue to pick up.

Lake Winola: Anglers are finding success for both Largemouth bass and trout

Fords Lake and area farm ponds: Fishing has been excellent for panfish. 

As typical with this time of year, anglers looking for success need to be on the water early or make sure to be there late.  The fish are more active during these times and if you plan your fishing trips to be on the water at these times, you should find better success.

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Fishing and Boating Report – July 15, 2015
Western Bradford & Sullivan County

North Branch Susquehanna River:  Bass have been very active despite the high, muddy water,.  Anglers targeting bass are reporting favorable results using bright colored crank baits. 

With the river running full, even small rain events can raise the river levels to unsafe conditions.  Make sure to keep one eye on the weather and the other current stream flows when planning your next fishing trip.  Current stream flows for streams across the Commonwealth can be found at:

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Fishing and Boating Report – July 8, 2015
Lackawanna County

The holiday weekend saw heavy boating traffic throughout the county and plenty of people taking advantage of the fish for free day.  Anglers were catching a wide variety of fish from rock bass, bluegills, bass and pickerel.  The crappies have been biting at Griffin Pond using pinheads or small jigs on a bobber. 

Northern Wayne County

Largemouth and Smallmouth Bass are hitting in the late afternoon at Upper Woods Pond.  Walleye are hitting live bait at Prompton Dam.  Bobbers and worms are doing the trick at Miller Pond and White Oak Pond for panfish.  The Upper Delaware River is high and difficult to fish.

Monroe County

Private community lakes and local creeks experienced higher than normal water levels due to the heavy rains. The fish were not biting as normal due to this and the muddy waters, plus the waters have been colder than normal too.

Southern Wayne and Pike County

Recent heavy rains events have slowed fishing activity down in the region. Some anglers are having moderate success catching sunfish using natural bait.

W. Bradford / Sullivan County

Hunters Lake: Anglers are reporting success targeting bass while trolling, green and yellow seem to be producing most consistent results.

S. Luzerne/S. Columbia Co.

With the Susquehanna River running high, muddy and fast, fishing has been sporadic to say the least.  Some anglers are finding success using live bait, fishing at the tributary confluences.  Others have been targeting catfish at night, using shrimp, clams and liver.

Lily Lake and FEW Reservoir continue to produce nice bass and panfish but, the trout fishing has slowed down.  With the warmer weather, look for them deep.

Activity on local trout streams has been virtually non-existent but, there are still plenty of trout left.  The anglers, who have been fishing them, are targeting them early in the morning or in the evening with fly rods.

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