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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 (, Regional Education Specialist, using information provided by Waterways Conservation Officers, Area Fisheries Managers and other PFBC staff.

Fishing and Boating Report – August 13, 2014
Western Bradford & Sullivan Counties

The fishing has been great in the region for the past few weeks.  The North Branch of the Susquehanna River has been consistently producing nice Smallmouth Bass.  The lure of choice for anglers targeting Smallmouth Bass has been jigs topped with a spinner blade.

Southern Wayne County

Fishing has been sporadic at best this past week.  Most anglers are catching many small panfish but were unable to locate larger fish.  Now is the time of year for serious anglers to be fishing for larger fish during the evening or early morning.  Sacrificing a few hours of sleep can mean the difference between not catching anything or the fish of a lifetime.

Boaters on Lake Wallenpaupack should be aware lake levels have dropped and objects that were submerged are now visible, but still pose a navigation hazard.

Wyoming County

The Susquehanna River was slightly muddy over the weekend, apparently from heavier rain than we have had in this area.  Smallmouth Bass fishing was good, although on Saturday it seemed most anglers were catching smaller sized fish.  The river is in great condition right now, but is forecast to rise about one foot with the rain forecasted today.

Area lakes have been productive as well.  Anglers who don’t mind fishing in heavy weeds have been catching Largemouth Bass at Stevens Lake.  Trout anglers fishing at night continue to do well at Lake Winola.

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Fishing and Boating Report – August 6, 2014
Northern Columbia and Northern Luzerne Counties

Susquehanna River: Fishing has been hot the past few weeks.  Anglers have been bringing in catfish with chicken livers, shrimp and nightcrawlers.  Smallmouth Bass have been taking anything that moves as well. They have been especially aggressive for anglers using top-water presentations in the evening! Their efforts are often answered with an explosion on the surface.

Harveys Lake: Anglers have had nice catches of panfish as well as some nice sized largemouth bass.

Lake Jean: Anglers have been hooking into some great Perch.  The key here is finding their schools. So don’t be afraid to change locations on the lake if you not finding them in your current location.

Harris Pond & Frances Slocum: Both of these lakes have not been producing well for most over the past few weeks.  Algae conditions and water temperatures have been making it hard to find cooperative fish.

Harveys Creek: While the water is low and clear throughout the stream, the opportunity for great trout fishing is still available to those who are willing to fish this stream appropriately.  The fish are very spooky, so make sure to use stealth when approaching the stream, wearing dark colored clothes and making sure your presentation is gentle.  Trout were taking dead drifted nymphs this past week in the evenings.  A size 16 psycho prince nymph was the fly of choice and the trout were taking them with reckless abandon.  This is the time of year to really practice your lure presentation skills!

Lackawanna County

Maple Lake:  This past weekend must have been panfish weekend!  Quite a few nice Pumpkinseeds and Bluegills were biting at using red worms near the dam area and along the parking lot shoreline.

Lackawanna Lake: This past weekend anglers, all throughout the lake, were taking nice Bluegills.  Now is the time to be out for some great fishing action!

Monroe County

Anglers have had excellent fishing this past week throughout the county.  Largemouth Bass angling action reaching frenzied high!  Anglers have been reporting record size and catches on everything from worms, plastic and spinners.

Southern Luzerne & Southern Columbia Counties

Susquehanna River: Fishing has really picked up in recent weeks, with anglers reporting fine catches of smallmouth bass.  Most action is coming from soft plastics and lipless crankbaits.  Some anglers are reporting good Muskie action as well, using large in-line spinners.  Many people though, are foregoing the heat of the day, choosing to fish for Catfish at night.  Excellent catfish catches are being reported, using clams and shrimp, as well as hot dog pieces as bait.

Lily Lake: has been giving up some nice bass and pickerel, as well as panfish.

Nelly with RainbowFishing Creek: While most Trout streams in the region have had no pressure, there are still plenty of trout in the water!  Nelly Swisher, from Stillwater, was able to land this 24 inch and 7.5 lb. Rainbow Trout out of Fishing Creek this past weekend! 

Western Bradford & Sullivan Counties

Susquehanna River: Anglers have had fantastic fishing this past week.  Anglers have been using brown crayfish imitations with green specks to bring in many nice bass.

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Fishing and Boating Report – July 30, 2014
Carbon County

Pohopoco Creek: Although most of the approved trout waters have been receiving little to no fishing pressure, anglers fishing the Pohopoco Creek have been reporting good results catching trout in recent weeks.  The most successful anglers have been on the water during the early morning or evening hours.
Lehigh River: Anglers have also reported doing well catching smallmouth bass and trout on the Lehigh River from Weissport to the Bowmanstown Pool area of the river.  Spinners and stick bait type lures appeared to work the best.  Night time fishing activities have been providing good catfish and eel action.

Mauch Chuck Lake: Bass action still remains good at Mauch Chunk Lake.   Boat anglers have been reporting catching nice size perch and crappies as well.  Jigs tipped with a minnow appeared to work the best.

Beltzville Lake: Anglers have had good bass action in the upper areas of the Preachers Camp boat access.  Striped bass action has been good in the early morning or evening hours near the Pine Run boat access and the upper reaches of the Preachers Camp boat access.  A number of anglers fishing chicken livers have reported good results catching striped bass and catfish.

Amber with Striped Bass
Amber Wechsler of Kunkletown is proudly displaying a 30 inch Striped Bass that she recently caught at Beltzville Lake during the evening using chicken livers as bait

Western Bradford & Sullivan County

Susquehanna River: Anglers have been successful targeting bass on the upper reaches of the Susquehanna River.  Green plastics on jig heads are consistently catching bass and should be the first choice of lure for anglers searching for bass.

Northern Wayne County

Northern Wayne County has fishing has exploded!  Reports of huge largemouth bass in the early morning hours have been received from various areas of the district.  Rubber worms, top water lures and large live bait have been the baits of choice.  Channel catfish are becoming very active in the area rivers as well.  Chicken livers and hotdogs have been enticing some rather large channel cats into a feeding frenzy.

Miller Pond: The panfish are active at Miller Pond, a simple bobber and worm will do the trick most anytime of the day or night.

Delaware River: The smallmouth bass fishing is “HOT” on the Upper Delaware River.  Small spinners and clippers are proving some incredible action.

Monroe County

Private community lakes have seen a huge increase in boating this past weekend. Most boats enjoying the great weather were unpowered vessels.  Unfortunately, most did not have the required life jackets for their passengers.  Remember, you need one wearable life jacket for each person on board and children under the age of 13 must wear while underway.

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