Lackawanna Lake, Merli Sarnoski County Park Lake, and the Roaring Brook are getting their fall trout stockings on October 6th. Recent rains have raised local stream levels, that had been very low recently. The rain and cooler weather should make for a great fishing this Fall. Keep an eye on the weather and check stream flows often, as the streams will be fishing better and better as the water flows return to normal. Make sure to get out and enjoy some time on a lake or stream today!
The information below was provided by kayak angler Mike Biel, who recently caught a large Muskie at Lackawanna Lake and wanted to share his story.
“I searched out your lake (Lackawanna Lake) earlier this year trying to find lakes with quality fish. I have always done pretty well with bass, but I had a day like I have never had in all my 43 years recently Lackawanna State Park. I caught nine bass with the biggest measuring 18 inches, all were caught and released and made for a solid day.
I threw a 5" rubber worm at a downed branch and all heck broke loose near the kayak. The line was tight and was cutting through weeds in the water and I was getting dragged around a bit. Not knowing what I had, other than it was big, I tried to net it and it showed itself. At this point my GoPro Hero died but I stayed focused and surprisingly after 7-8 drag screaming runs I landed my first ever Muskie and better yet from a kayak!!
I do my homework and I knew they were in there. I've actually spooked a few, I normally carry a heavier action rod with me and give known areas a try. That day was no different except I gave up and was using my Bass gear which consists of a medium action rod, 10 lb mono and no wire leader. The hook was neatly in the upper lip. When I got the beast into the kayak it thrashed and snapped the line and chucked the hook. Thankfully I was able to change the batteries quickly and get some video of the most amazing fish I have ever held. Even better was the feeling of returning it back to the lake healthy where it belongs.
Your lake is most likely my favorite lake and I have hit most in the area from Mauch Chunk to Francis E. Walter to Hidden Lake and lakes in New Jersey. Lackawanna State Park is well kept, has all the amenities you could ask for, good boat launches and excellent fishing. It is a 45 minute ride each way but absolutely worth it. I guesstimated it at 42-44 inches and approximately 20-25 lbs. I normally fish the ocean for fish this big from a party boat! Just an excellent memory I will be proud of for a life time. Thanks again for all your efforts.”
Northern Susquehanna & Easter Bradford Counties
The Susquehanna River has been surprisingly low and this has kept boating traffic to a minimum. The low water conditions may be coming to end though, at least temporarily. With rain in the forecast for the next few days, we should see the river levels rise. Boaters should use caution as heavy rain will cause the river levels to rise quickly and carry debris with it. Keep an eye on the forecast and also make sure to check river levels. To check river levels please visit: http://waterdata.usgs.gov/pa/nwis/rt
Recently the river shore fishing has been producing decent catfish almost anywhere. Successful bass anglers have been seeking out the deeper pools.
The Susquehanna Co Federation of Sportsmans Clubs held their annual Youth Field Day September 26th at the Harford Fairgrounds and adjacent Colwell Farm. A total of 70 youth ages 8 - 15 got a chance to participate in a variety of events including canoe/kayak safety and operation , archery , shotgunning , orenteering and riflery.
Pa Fish and Boat Commission Bureau of Law Enforcement personnel Sgt. Bryan Bendock and District Waterways Conservation Officer Chad McKenrick instructed the participants (and their parents / guardians who were willing to try) in the boating safety /operation portion of the event.