|Western Bradford and Sullivan County
Despite high water on the Susquehanna River, anglers are catching bass using a variety of crankbaits. With more rain in the forecast make sure to be careful and respect the power of the water.
Current water flows for the river and many other streams can be found here: http://waterdata.usgs.gov/pa/nwis/rt.
Many local private community lakes have seen bass action heating up over the past week. Anglers fishing from small and stealthy watercrafts, like kayaks, have been doing the best. The bass are hitting everything from top water lures to real worms.
Although most approved trout waters in the district are receiving little to no fishing pressure, anglers are still reporting seeing and catching a good number of trout. The Pohopoco Creek, downstream of Beltzville Lake, was recently stocked with trout by a local sportsmen club. The Lehigh River has been producing good trout and smallmouth bass fishing opportunities from Jim Thorpe downriver to the Lehigh Gap area of the river.
Anglers fishing Mauch Chunk Lake have been reporting good success catching crappie, perch, pickerel and bass. However, most bass are under the sub legal size of 15”. Mauch Chunk Lake is governed under the Big Bass Program requiring bass must be a minimum of 15”.
Anglers fishing Beltzville Lake during the evenings have reported good success catching Striped Bass using chicken livers in the upper reaches of the Pohopoco Bay area of the lake. Bass action has also been good near the power line area of the lake including the upper reaches of the Pohopoco Bay area of the lake.
Boat activity on Beltzville Lake has been increasing on the weekends. Boaters are reminded that non powered watercrafts (canoes, kayaks, stand –up paddle boards, row boats) in addition to all of the necessary boating safety equipment are required to have and display a valid PA Fish & Boat Commission launch permit or PA State Park launch permit or mooring permit to access PA Fish & Boat Commission lakes, State Park Lakes or access areas. Launch permits from other states are not recognized as a valid permit. An unpowered boat may have a registration or launch permit, but is not required to have both.
Anglers, boaters and persons visiting both Mauch Chunk Lake and Beltzville State Park are reminded that alcoholic beverages are not permitted on both the shore and water. The regulations pertaining to the possession, consumption of alcoholic beverages are strictly enforced.
N. Susquehanna/E. Bradford Counties
Bass season kicked off pretty slow as far as the amount of anglers. The wild weather has kept most anglers off the water but those that have braved the elements have been doing very well. Bass have been hitting on jerk baits and soft plastics.