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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 – February 25, 2015
Northern Susquehanna and Eastern Bradford Counties

Despite the deep snow and cold temperatures anglers have been catching some nice bass and Chain Pickerel on private ponds in Susquehanna County Lately. Quaker Lake has been fairly slow fishing, but not for lack of trying from many anglers.

Anglers looking to fish the Susquehanna River in Bradford County will find it nearly impossible from shore now and those who choose to venture on the river ice must use extreme caution. River ice is very unpredictable and may not be worth the risk.

Luzerne County

Anglers have been fishing area ponds and lakes since there has been enough ice to walk on the hard water.  The recent bitter cold temperatures have pushed many anglers off the ice, but those who have stayed dedicated and braved the weather have been rewarded. 

Harris Pond has been consistently producing nice sized bluegills.  Successful anglers have been using mealworms at the bottom in the deeper depths.  On the weekends Harris Pond has been very busy, but if you are looking to enjoy the fishing by yourself stop by after work, as typically there has only been one or two anglers out during the week.

Reminder: The PFBC does not monitor ice thickness.  Ice thickness and conditions can vary greatly across the lake. Use caution as you head out onto the ice. A life jacket and a set of ice awls can be extremely important if you fall though the ice. Remember SAFETY FIRST:

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Fishing and Boating Report – February 18, 2015
Carbon County

Ice fishing activity on both Mauch Chunk Lake and Beltzville Lake was slower than normal in recent days possibly due to the windy and colder temperatures the area has been receiving. 

The few ice anglers fishing Mauch Chunk Lake still reported doing well catching perch measuring around thirteen inches.  Most catches were reported using a jig tipped with a wax worm or butter worm.   Pickerel and bass action remained good off launch B area of the lake by ice anglers using tip ups baited with a live minnow.  However, most of the pickerel and bass were reported as sub legal in size.  A few crappie and bluegills were reported being caught in the channel area of the lake east of boat launch B.  

Ice anglers fishing Beltzville Lake reported catching bass and some pickerel off the Preachers Camp Access area.  Some pickerel were observed measuring 25 inches.  A few white bass were also reported to have being caught.  Panfish were being caught in the Pine Run cove area of the lake, but most panfish activity at the lake has been slow.
Lackawanna County

Panfish continue to bite and be the target species of fish at Lackawanna Lake.  Plenty of anglers are catching nice numbers of fish, with the average size bluegill around seven inches Anglers are predominately jigging using small and medium sized jigs tipped with wax worms. 

Black bass have been biting on many other area lakes and ponds.  Successful anglers have been using tip ups w/ large live minnows to pull bass through the ice. 

Wyoming County

Ice fishing continues in the area as colder than average temperatures have been in place for a while now.  The majority of ice anglers have been at Lake Winola, as the last few years have produced a quality yellow perch harvest during the winter.  Stevens Lake has fished well and some nice Largemouth Bass have been taken through the ice there.  Oxbow Lake has been giving anglers mixed results. Outlying ponds in the area have been productive.

Keep in mind, despite the cold temperatures, caution should still be used on the ice.  Don’t assume because it has been cold that the ice you are walking on is actually safe. 

Reminder: The PFBC does not monitor ice thickness.  Ice thickness and conditions can vary greatly across the lake. Use caution as you head out onto the ice. A life jacket and a set of ice awls can be extremely important if you fall though the ice. Remember SAFETY FIRST:

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Fishing and Boating Report – February 11, 2015
Columbia and Luzerne Counties

Local anglers have been facing some real hit and miss action as of late.  Frances Slocum and Harris Pond have been the only waters putting out consistent catches of fish.  Harris Pond anglers have found the Bluegills plentiful and they have been going home to the pan with some regularity as have a few yellow perch.  Anglers are putting some pickerel and a few yellow perch on top of the ice at Lake JeanBriar Creek Lake anglers haven’t had much success but the crappies that are caught are absolute monsters.  Make sure to use large baitfish when trying to put big White Crappies in the bucket.

Wayne County

The water is frozen district-wide.  Anglers have been doing well using nightwalkers for trout at Long Pond.  Afternoon jigging is reportedly productive for bluegill and perch.  The rare nighttime hard-water anglers are being rewarded with some nice crappie.  Duck Harbor Pond is providing some nice bass and pickerel using tip-ups and minnows.

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