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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 – September 17, 2014
Luzerne County

While the rain this past Saturday did not have a lasting effect on stream conditions in the county, it did bring fish out of their summer loll for a few great days.  The Brook Trout fishing on local streams really turned on as the rain brought some much needed flow and made the fish not quite as spooky when approaching the stream.  The key to fishing was finding a nice pool with plenty of structure and undercut banks and standing back as far as possible and covering the water with gentle casts. 

Brook Trout habitat

The above picture shows a nice pool of water with all the necessary features to hold a few Brook Trout.  With great habitat and the added water flow, the fish were ready to feed! This hole in particular gave up six brook trout with a few approaching 8 inches, but sometimes it’s not the biggest fish that catches the angler’s eye.

Brook Trout
This beautiful Brook Trout was fooled on a size 14 royal wulff and while the smallest fish caught, it’s spectacular dark coloration and defined speckles really made this the trophy of the day!

Northern Susquehanna & Eastern Bradford Counties

Hunters who are looking to hit the Susquehanna River for ducks and geese are reminded to check their boats for safety equipment. For some this may be the only time they go out or maybe they have a special boat just for hunting. If this is the case take a look at those PFD's and fire extinguishers as they may no longer be serviceable. Also, remember to keep safety first and make sure that shotgun is unloaded anytime the boat is underway!

Western Bradford & Sullivan County

Anglers and boaters on the North Branch Susquehanna River are reminded to be vigilant when operating boats on the river.  Always proceed with caution, even if you are familiar with the river, as the levels are VERY low and new hazards are present.

Anglers have been catching many nice bass this past week as well.  The Bass are striking top water and crankbaits are exceptionally well.

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Fishing and Boating Report – September 10, 2014
Southern Pike and Southern Wayne Counties

Fishing activity has been very slow this past week. Anglers have not been finding much success throughout the district.  Anglers should watch the weather closely and make sure to get out and fish if we see rain.  Fish the streams as they are rising, this will put the fish that are currently not active on the feed and should provide excellent fishing opportunities.

Luzerne County

Local streams are very low and the fishing has been very slow.  Local wild trout streams, including Arnolds Creek and Huntingdon Creek, have had little to no pressure but they have not been rewarding the few anglers fishing.  While the weather has been cool, the predicted rain has continually not happened.  Our streams need to start seeing some precipitation or it could make for a long and slow fall for fishing.

Monroe County

While the fishing has been very good so far during the summer, it seems that the arrival of September has slowed the fishing considerably.  Private community lakes are not producing at the moment, but as the weather continues to cool we should see more bass action.  Fall may be the best time to target large bass and the current weather predictions are showing an early fall, so anglers should not have to wait long for the fishing to pick back up and we expect to see catch rates to go up within the next couple of weeks or so.

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Fishing and Boating Report – September 3, 2014
Western Bradford & Sullivan County

North Branch of the Susquehanna River: Anglers were reporting good Smallmouth Bass catches, despite very low flows.  Anglers looking for Smallmouth should target gravel bottom areas and use minnows or imitations.

Lackawanna County

If you weren’t out fishing this past weekend, you missed some great fishing opportunities.  The Largemouth Bass and panfish were really biting at Maple Lake, Lackawanna Lake and many other private and public lakes and ponds.  Artificial lures, red worms and live minnows were all working well.  Even trout anglers reported catching great trout in some of the tributaries to the Lackawanna River.  As water temperatures being to cool the fishing will only get better, so don’t put those rods away.

Southern Luzerne & Southern Columbia Counties

Anglers fishing the Susquehanna River this week were having much success, especially in the Nesbitt Park and Breslau pools.  Most action was coming by trolling small crayfish crankbaits in 3 to 4 feet of water.  By doing so, anglers were able to trigger strikes from walleye as well as Smallmouth Bass.

With the annual drawdown of Francis E. Walter Reservoir underway, anglers were finding schools of crappie and yellow perch congregating near the rock piles.  Most success was found using fathead minnows.

Most action at Lily Lake is occurring during the evening hours for bass and panfish, and there has been little to no activity on the local trout streams.

Monroe County

Despite sunny then cloudy weather this past Labor Day Weekend, anglers and boaters made the most of it. In the private development lakes, shoreline anglers definitely outnumbered the boaters. Successful anglers were using live minnows and were catching numerous fish using them.

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