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REMINDER: Mandatory Cold Weather Life Jacket Wear began on November 1, 2020 and runs through April 30, 2021 for anyone on boats less than 16 feet and in all canoes and kayaks. Learn more here…
Thanks to PFBC maintenance crews, the docks are installed on the north and south shore access areas of Kahle Lake. Anglers are catching a few Yellow Perch, Bluegill, and Largemouth Bass. Anglers and boaters are reminded that Kahle Lake is a PFBC owned lake. All boats, including canoes, kayaks, and paddleboards must be registered or have a PFBC or DCNR launch permit to use this facility.
Piney Dam and the Upper Clarion River
Anglers are catching crappies near the Toby Bridge and near the slide below the Route 322 bridge. Anglers are catching some walleyes between the PFBC Mill Creek Access and Blyson Run. Anglers and boaters using the PFBC’s Mill Creek and PFBC’s Gravel Lick Access Areas are reminded that these are PFBC owned access areas and that all boats, including canoes, kayaks, and paddleboards must be registered or have a PFBC or DCNR launch permit to use these facilities.
Lower Clarion River
Anglers are catching a few Walleye, Northern Pike, and an occasional Muskellunge near the confluence with the Allegheny River.
Thanks to PFBC maintenance crews, the docks are installed at the PFBC Parker City Access Area. Anglers are catching a few Walleye, Northern Pike, and an occasional Muskellunge in the Foxburg pool and at the Confluence with the Clarion River and the confluence of Redbank Creek. Anglers and Boaters using the PFBC’s Parker City Access Area and the PFBC’s Brady’s Bend Access Area are reminded that these are PFBC controlled or owned access areas and that all boats, including canoes, kayaks, and paddleboards must be registered or have a PFBC or DCNR launch permit to use these facilities.
The Piney Creek Delayed Harvest Artificial Lures Only Area was stocked on 3/2/2021. Anglers are catching nice trout there. Anglers are reminded that artificial lures only can be used there. The use or possession of bait there is prohibited, and no trout may be kept or possessed at this time while fishing there.
West Branch Susquehanna River
As warm weather is quickly approaching and (hopefully) staying within our region; boaters are starting to become more active along the river. Please remember that the Cold Weather Wear Law is still in effect until April 30th. This means boaters must wear a life jacket on boats less than 16 feet in length or any canoe or kayak. This is due to the dangers of cold-water immersion. Stay safe!
Rose Valley Lake
Ice is still plentiful on Rose Valley, be sure to watch your step when walking out onto the ice. Please ensure you have the proper equipment when traveling across the ice. Anglers are currently reporting a good bite for Yellow Perch. Most success has been with small jigs tipped with either wax worms or live minnows.
Currently, the water temperature is in the low 40’s. The creek continues to maintain a desirable green color. Nymphing the slow-moving pocket water is working well for anglers right now. Stonefly and caddis larvae imitations are working well to entice hungry trout using this technique. Sculpin imitations are also producing fish. Streamers are a great option for this time of year. Blue-Winged Olives should soon be making an appearance as the weather gets warmer!
Reminder: Mandatory cold weather personal flotation device wear remains in effect. Visit our website at http://www.fishandboat.com/Boat/WaterandIceSafety/Pages/default.aspx for more details.
Northampton County streams are almost fully stocked with the preseason trout in anticipation of the Mentored Youth Day, and the Opening Day of Trout this year. As a reminder, Mentored Youth Day will be on March 27, and the Opening Day of Trout will be one week later on April 3. Please refer to the website for specific regulations about Mentored Youth Day to ensure you are in compliance.
Northampton County has many great spring and summertime angling opportunities. Here in the county, if trout fishing is not your thing, anglers are catching American Shad in the Delaware River as they move up for spawning, and this opportunity may last well into late spring, depending on water temperatures.