Though ice is beginning to form on Lake Wallenpaupack, individuals are still catching some Striped Bass, mostly from shore in the Mangan Cove Access.
The fishing has slowed down recently but will surely pick up in the coming weeks as ice is beginning to form on both Tobyhanna State Park Lake and Gouldsboro State Park lake.
Columbia & Southern Luzerne County
With the firearms season for deer in full swing, most people’s attention has shifted away from fishing and boating, to deer hunting.
Those who continue to fish, are finding success though. The Susquehanna River is producing some nice smallmouth bass and walleye action. Soft plastics seem to be the key.
The Lehigh River and the DHALO section of the Nescopeck Creek continue to provide some trout activity. Nymph patterns with a fly rod seem to be the ticket.
Francis Walter Reservoir has been drawn down to winter levels and the panfish are stacked! Find one and you will without fail, find others. Try fathead minnows or wax worms.
As a reminder to trout fisherman; Lily Lake, Lake Irena and Briar Creek Lake have all received fall stockings of trout and the fishing pressure has been extremely light.
Boaters are again urged to wear a USCG approved flotation device. This is mandatory for anyone in a boat less than 16 feet, and any canoe or kayak regardless of size.
For those of us eagerly awaiting the ice fishing season, now is the time to prepare that equipment.
The Susquehanna River has come up and has fair water clarity. Walleye anglers have been fishing the river with some success in the Tunkhannock area using stick baits and jigs. Smallmouth Bass fishing has slowed as water temperatures have dropped into the 40’s but some nicer sized bass are still being caught. Trout fishermen have had some success in the Fly Fishing Only Area of Bowmans Creek on a variety of flies. If the weather and water conditions remain favorable, anglers can expect to have good fishing opportunities throughout the area through December.
Southern Pike & Northeastern Monroe Counties
The recent cold snap has lakes and ponds forming ice and fishing throughout the district has all but come to a standstill.
REMINDER: Mandatory Cold Weather Life Jacket wear begins November 1, 2019 and ends on April 30, 2020 for all canoes, kayaks and boats under 16 feet in length. Learn more here – https://www.fishandboat.com/Boat/BoatingRegulations/Pages/MandatoryPFD.aspx
Currently, the creek is in the high 40’s to low 50’s and the flow is low. There are several fish still actively spawning throughout the waterway so be mindful of Redds! Some dry fly action can be found as there are some midges present. The best action is currently on nymphs and streamers. Small nymphs and light tippet is the preferred technique to trick some very spooky fish. Hot patterns right now include Walt’s Worm in sizes 12-16 and Midge patterns in sizes 20-24.
The water temperature is currently in the high 40’s low 50’s. The water levels are currently dropping. Many anglers continue to witness fish spawning throughout the waterway. Be mindful of this when fishing and wading. Anglers having consistent success are currently using both nymphs and streamers. Long leaders and light tippet are key when nymphing low and clear water. Small nymphs continue to produce the most hook-ups. If you want to try streamer fishing, Headbanger Sculpins are currently working well in sizes 2-6.
Southern Bucks County
Angling and boating activities are beginning to slow down as the temperatures become increasingly cooler and people begin to turn their attention to the upcoming holidays. Nevertheless, there are still great angling opportunities to take advantage of. Anglers have been catching Walleyes on the Delaware River in the area of the PPL access in Lower Mt. Bethel. Minsi Lake continues to be a favorite place for anglers, kayakers, or those looking to get some exercise out in nature. Please remember to dress appropriately for the weather and always bring extra layers in case the wind picks up or the temperature drops.
As winter sets in, remember if you’re out on the water that you are required to wear a PFD for all boats less than 16 feet in length. There has already been some very thin ice forming on the lakes, so make sure to take the proper safety precautions and to check ice before traveling out onto it. 2021 Licenses have gone on sale, so be sure to get yours before the year ends.