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Map highlighting counties in the Northeast RegionREGION COUNTIES -- Bradford, Carbon, Columbia, Lackawanna, Luzerne, Monroe, Pike, Sullivan, Susquehanna, Wayne, Wyoming (County Guide)

Reports compiled by Allan Schreffler (alschreffl@pa.gov), Regional Education Specialist, using information provided by Waterways Conservation Officers, Area Fisheries Managers and other PFBC staff.

Fishing and Boating Report – June 21, 2016

Bass Season started on June 18 and anglers are reminded to check their 2016 Pennsylvania Summary Book for current seasons, sizes and creel limits.  Anglers should be aware that certain waterways have special regulations; once again you can check this in your 2016 Pennsylvania Summary Book to check the specific regulations for any lake, river or stream you plan on fishing.  An online version of the 2016 Summary Book can be found at this link: http://fishinpa.com/

Luzerne County

Moon Lake, Sylvan Lake and Harris Pond have seen their fair share of anglers over the past week.  With the high temperatures and sunny days the anglers that on in the mornings and then again in the later evenings, when the temperatures and sun are at their lowest, have been finding the best success.  Wacky rigged worms have been producing near weed beds; the pumpkin color has been working the best.  Fly anglers have been targeting panfish on small poppers for the past week with good success.  Trout are still hitting at Moon and Sylvan Lake on small nymphs being retrieved slowly.  Just look for the occasional rising trout to find where you should be casting.

Northern Pike and Southern Wayne Counties

The Walleye, Stripers and Catfish have been hitting very well in Lake Wallenpaupack. All three species have been having a banner year according to anglers. The stripers are hitting mostly on live bait, herring and shiners.  Bass season in now open and many anglers have been doing well at Shohola Lake, Greely Lake and Lake Wallenpaupack.  Perch and bluegills have also been doing well at Shohola Lake and Greely Lake using live bait and small white colored jigs.

With boating season well under way, boaters are reminded to make sure that their registrations are up to date and that they have all the required safety equipment on board their vessels.  Safety should always be a top concern at all times while out on the waterways.

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Fishing and Boating Report – June 15, 2016
Southern Luzerne & Southern Columbia Counties

With water levels returning to normal the Susquehanna River has been producing some fine walleye and Smallmouth Bass fishing.  Anglers seem to be having little trouble enticing strikes with crankbaits and soft plastics from any of the traditional hot spots within the district.

Although fishing pressure is light on local trout streams there are still plenty of fish to be had, especially in the Lehigh River.  Current flow conditions for the Lehigh River can be found by contacting the USACE or Hickory Run State Park.

Lily Lake has been producing some nice crappies and trout in deeper water.
In Columbia County, Roaring Creek continues to provide ample trout fishing.  The reservoirs in Conrad Weiser State Forest have been producing some bass and pickerel action.  Anglers are reminded of strictly enforced Catch and Release Regulations for those bodies of water though.

Anglers are reminded that there is still a display requirement for fishing licenses.

Southern Wayne & Pike Counties

Water levels at Lake Wallenpaupack remain high, allowing boaters and anglers access to areas normally inaccessible.  Anglers have been having an unusually successful year catching walleye, stripers and catfish.  Pickerel and Largemouth Bass have turned on this past week, however, anglers should note bass season does not open until June 18th.

Monroe County

With the nice summer weather many unpowered boats have been on area waterways.  Kayak and stand up paddleboard activity has seen a major increase recently.  All paddlers are reminded they need to have a USCG approved personal flotation device in or on the vessel at all times.  It is recommended that you wear one at all times, even if not required to be worn, as a PFD is your number one defense against drowning.

Northern Wayne County

The crappie and pickerel are hitting live bait at Prompton Dam.  The trout streams are still in good shape with a lot of fish ready to be caught.  The seasons, sizes and creel limits remain waived on White Oak Pond and Miller Pond until July 15.

Lackawanna County

Trout fishing has slowed down but at Lackawanna Lake anglers concentrating on trout are still catching their limits.  Limits are being caught in bullhead bay and at the main boat launch.  Anglers were using paste baits on the bottom-rainbow color was doing the trick.

The opening day of bass is this weekend.  Remember Lackawanna Lake is a Big Bass Regulated lake and has a minimum size requirement of 15” for bass.

The boating traffic has been moderate on Lackawanna Lake.  Plenty of kayaks and canoes were present this past weekend.

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Fishing and Boating Report – June 8, 2016
With the recent rains the trout streams have got a much needed ‘recharge.’  There are plenty of trout left in the region and they are just waiting for an angler to drift some bait, spinner or fly by them.  Make sure to get out while this mild weather continues and enjoy some of the excellent fishing this time of year. 

Luzerne County

Pennsylvania Fish & Boat Commission region biologists recently completed a fish survey on Moon Lake.  Bass anglers will want to make sure to check out the full report as while the numbers of Largemouth Bass captured were average their size wasn’t!  The largest bass captured was 21.5 inches long and 9 pounds.  To view the full report visit: http://fishandboat.com/images/reports/2016bio/4x06_08moon.pdf

Yellow Perch
This 13.9 inch Yellow Perch shows just how plump these fish can be when they reach large sizes. This was captured on Moon Lake during the survey as well.

Paddlers and anglers have been on Sylvan Lake enjoying the nice weather.  Anglers have been targeting the banks with a variety of lures and baits throughout the day but their best luck has been early in the mornings or in the late evening.  Lake Jean paddling traffic has been busy on the weekends but minimal on the weekdays.  Even the nicest evenings have had only a few different paddlers on the lake, which can make for a great way to end a day and recharge your batteries for the next.

Lackawanna County

A Family Fly Fishing Program is being offered at Lackawanna State Park on June 25th from 9am -1pm. There is no charge for the course but all participants must pre-register. Persons interested in attending should contact the Northeast Region office at 570-477-2206 or go online at www.gonefishingpa.com.

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Fishing and Boating Report – June 2, 2016
The Fish and Boat Commission will have a display and publications table at the Pocono Raceway Fan Fair event this upcoming weekend. More information about the event can be found at this website: http://www.poconoraceway.com.

Staff will be on hand to sell fishing licenses and answer questions from the public about fishing and boating.  The Commission will also be sponsoring a Kayak Giveaway, so be sure to stop by our display area and complete a registration form.

Carbon County

Although the in season trout stockings in the district have since past, a number of anglers are still seeing and catching trout on most of the stocked trout waters in the district.  Anglers fishing the Lehigh River from Bowmanstown to the Palmerton area have been catching trout with some measuring twenty inches.  The Lehigh River in the area of Bowmanstown was previously stocked with trout by a local club for a fishing contest and it appears that a good number of trout held over since the stocking.  Spinners and stick baits have been successful for most anglers on the river. 

Anglers fishing Mauch Chunk Lake were observed doing well catching crappies off the fishing pier at boat launch A.  Most of the crappies were caught with a mealworm or a jig tipped with a minnow.  Anglers also reported doing well catching bass (catch & release only) and pickerel near boat launch B.

Beltzville Lake has been producing some good catfish action during the evenings near the area of the Pine Run boat launch.  Anglers were also observed during the weekend doing well catching perch and White Perch near the Pine Run access area.  Although a few anglers have been reporting catching Striped Bass during the day, most of the Striped Bass action has been occurring during the late afternoon or evening hours.  A number of them have been caught using chicken livers, white buck tail jigs, and live bait.

Striped Bass
Raul Negron (L) and his friend, Angel Feliciano (R), both from Allentown, PA, proudly displaying a 27-inch Striped Bass that Raul caught at Beltzville Lake during the Fish For Free Day. The Striped Bass was caught on chicken liver.

Boating activity has been increasing on most weekends at Beltzville Lake. 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.

Lackawanna County

A Family Fly Fishing Program is being offered at Lackawanna State Park on June 25th from 9am -1pm. There is no charge for the course but all participants must pre-register. Persons interested in attending should contact the Northeast Region office at 570-477-2206 or go online at www.gonefishingpa.com.

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