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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 – May 20, 2015
Northern Pike and Southern Wayne Counties

The fishing is really starting to pick up here in the northeast.  Lake Wallenpaupack is producing nice size perch and crappie, along with walleye and stripers. Lake Greeley has been good for pickerel and bluegills. Shohola Lake had a slow start but is now good for crappie, bass, and pickerel.

Boating season is now upon us. Remember to always be safe when out on the water. Registrations on boats need to be updated especially if they are displaying a 15, it expired on March 31st.  Make sure you include all the required safety equipment on your boat before launching it for the first time.

W. Bradford & Sullivan County

Anglers have been doing well throughout the region.  Fly anglers have been doing especially well on the Loyalsock Creek using march browns & slate drake imitations.  These hatches have really been hot and have had the trout looking up and on the feed.

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Fishing and Boating Report – May 13, 2015
Carbon County

Although most of the approved trout waters in the district have received the final in-season trout stockings for the year, most anglers have reported seeing and catching a good number of trout.   Some area clubs and organizations have also stocked trout in the local streams for recent fishing contests. 

Fishing pressure has been light to moderate on most area streams.  Successful trout anglers have been using live bait, minnows, butter worms and spinners.  Some streams have been flowing low and clear.  Most anglers have been reporting better success catching trout in the early morning or early evening hours. 

Anglers reported catching trout with some measuring from 20” – 23” on the Lehigh River near the Lehigh Gorge State Park, Lehighton and the Bowmanstown area.  Local clubs have been stocking the Lehigh River in recent weeks. 

Anglers fishing Mauch Chunk Lake have been reporting doing well catching bass (catch & release only), pickerel and some nice size bluegills. Crappie action has been slow.  Beltzville Lake has been producing some bass action (catch & release only) including reports of some striped bass being caught near the Pine Run section of the lake.  Since the warmer weather has arrived, the boating activity at Beltzville Lake has increased during the weekends.  Boaters are reminded that Beltzville Lake has a designated Water Ski Zone and designated Slow No Wake areas.  Maps of the lake are posted at both Pine Run and Preachers Camp boat launches which indicated the regulated zones.  Boaters should consult the posted maps before venturing out onto the lake.  Alcoholic beverages are prohibited at both Beltzville Lake and Mauch Chunk Lake. 

Boaters are encouraged to check all the required safety equipment on their boats such as wearable personal flotation devices, (required for each person onboard the boat and of the appropriate size including children 12 years of age or younger must wear on boats 20’ or less) type IV throw device (required on boats 16’ in length except canoes and kayaks), fire extinguisher (if required) and sound producing device.  Boaters are also reminded to check that the motorboat (including boats propelled by an electric motor) have a current motorboat registration.  Non-powered watercraft are required to display a valid PA Fish & Boat Commission or DCNR Launch permit to access PA State Park waters or PA Fish & Boat Commission lakes or access areas.

Monroe County

Anglers in the county have been out on the local streams targeting trout.   The hot, sunny days have made catch rates light recently but anglers who beat the heat and start fishing first thing in the morning have been reporting good success.  Anglers have been using many different types of bait but so far there has not been one go-to bait choice this year.  Overall, anglers using spinners have seen the most consistent action this year.

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Fishing and Boating Report – May 6, 2015
In-season trout stockings are underway, make sure to take advantage of these and enjoy some great fishing.

Wyoming County

Fishing opportunities are increasing in the area.  Trout stocking is on schedule and the streams are in good shape.  The Susquehanna River is returning to fishable conditions, although there have not been many anglers fishing there yet.  The crappie anglers have been absent on the causeway at Lake Carey, but anglers from boats are having good luck.

Jay DelaneyJay Delaney, a Commissioner from the Pennsylvania Game Commission, is shown carrying a bucket of trout while assisting with stocking Mehoopany Creek in Wyoming County on April 29th.  Make sure to help out stock your favorite streams this season!

Lackawanna County

Fishing has started to pick up as water temperatures rise.  Anglers have been catching crappies at Ford’s Lake this past week.  Make sure to get out and wet your line as this time of the year can produce some the best trout and crappie fishing!

Northern Wayne County

The trout streams are at good levels.  Anglers are catching trout on spinners, bait and flies.  The West Branch Delaware and Delaware Rivers are starting to come alive.  Numerous reports from anglers catching numbers of browns and rainbows are being received.  Shad are up to Narrowsburg and anglers are doing well with shad darts.

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