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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 – October 7, 2015
Luzerne & Columbia Counties

With extremely low water levels, fishing and boating activity on the Susquehanna River has been almost non-existent.  Those brave enough to deal with the shallow water have had minimal success and have been targeting the confluences of tributary’s and deeper holes.

Lily Lake continues to surrender some nice bass and panfish.  They are being found in the deeper parts of the lake.

With FEW Reservoir releasing water from the dam for the annual winter drawdown, anglers have had no trouble with water levels, or finding trout and smallmouth bass for that matter.  Hot baits seem to have been nightcrawlers and minnows, but fly anglers have been doing fine as well.

While many will no doubt be hanging up the gear in exchange for archery equipment, let’s not forget that Lily Lake and Lake Irena are both scheduled to get fall plantings of trout the first week of October.

Boaters are reminded that they are required to wear a Coast Guard approved personal flotation device (PFD or life jacket) during the cold weather months from November 1st through April 30th while underway or at anchor on boats less than 16 feet in length or any canoe or kayak.

Pike and Wayne Counties

Lake Wallenpaupack fishing has been picking up again. Angers are starting to catch stripers , walleye and brown trout in waters about 20 to 26 feet deep on live bait. Black bass have been hungry as well, with most anglers using live bait to target them.  Other areas around the district are still slow, but with the water temps starting to fall it won’t be long until the crappie and perch start to be a big hit again. 

There will be a fall stocking for trout on the Lackawaxen River on Wednesday October 7th so don’t put the trout rigs away just yet.

Western Bradford & Sullivan Counties

Following some rain, water levels in the North Branch Susquehanna River are on the rise.  Anglers are reporting consistent catch rates using split tail jigs.  Dark colors are producing best results now because of the turbid water.

Wyoming County

Right now is a good time to get out and do some fishing.  With the recent rains the area waterways are in good shape.  Water levels have come up in the Susquehanna River, and fish are in the fall feeding mode.  Anglers are still reporting catching fish in area lakes as well.  Get out and enjoy the fall weather!

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Fishing and Boating Report – September 30, 2015
Lackawanna County

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:

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.

Youth Field Day

Youth Field Day

Youth Field Day

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Fishing and Boating Report – September 23, 2015
Northern Wayne County

Some very large Smallmouth Bass are being reported from Prompton Dam and Duck Harbor Pond.  Heavy jigs fished slow and deep are doing the trick.  Crappie and bluegill are active in late afternoon into evening with small jigs or worms suspended from a bobber working the best.

Panfish and pickerel are very active at White Oak Pond and Prompton Dam.  As the temperatures cool, make sure to get out and wet a line as the fishing will continue to heat up!

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