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Shenango Reservoir levels are still below normal for this time of year. The water level is rising, but without precipitation, it will take time to fill up. Anglers are catching panfish. A reminder that Shenango Reservoir is now designated as a Panfish Enhancement Lake. Crappie must be nine inches to harvest, and the creel limit is 20.
The Shenango fish consumption advisory is still in effect until further notice.
Trout Stocked Waters
Most Trout Stocked Waters have been restocked after the opening day. There will be plenty of trout fishing opportunities until the streams warm up.
Reminder: The PFBC does not monitor ice thickness. Ice thickness and conditions can vary greatly across the lake. Use caution as you head out onto the ice. A life jacket and a set of ice awls can be extremely important if you fall through the ice.
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Lackawanna, Southern Susquehanna & Wayne Counties
Anglers have been having success on the South Branch Tunkhannock Creek with a variety of baits, including powerboat and worms. Anglers who use nymphs and other wet flies on the Lackawanna River have been seeing great success. Anglers are reminded that a trout permit is needed to take, kill, or possess trout on any water, and are required to fish in trout stocked streams or rivers.
Boating season is just about here. Boaters are encouraged to read the boating handbook to refresh themselves with all of Pennsylvania’s boating laws. Boaters should also keep in mind that although the mandatory wear period for life jackets in canoes, kayaks, and boats under 16 feet in length ends on April 30th, it is a good idea to wear a life jacket anytime while on the water.
Southern Pike & Northeastern Monroe County
Anglers in the district have been having very good success catching trout in all Stocked Trout Waters using a variety of natural and artificial baits.
Hills Creek Lake
Anglers are reporting some success fishing for spawning panfish however, water temperatures are still fairly cold for prime activity. The recent warm temperatures will have fish moving into the shallows. Look for the action to pick up considerably in the coming weeks!The action should heat up in the coming weeks and more fish will be found closer to the shoreline.
The creek is currently flowing at above-average levels and continues to have some color. Rain today has the creek currently flowing at elevated levels. The water temperature is currently in the low 50’s. Grannoms, hendricksons and blue-winged olives continue to hatch however, subsurface techniques are working the best right now. Stonefly nymphs and caddis larvae imitations are working well right now. The above-average flows are favorable for streamer fishing. Anglers are reporting success using sculpin imitations.
Anglers are reporting some sulphurs hatching along with grannoms and blue-winged olives. Some anglers are reporting success on the surface however, nymphing continues to be the preferred method. The water temperature is currently in the low 50’s. Baetis nymphs and sucker spawn imitations are hot patterns to use right now. Bright colors and hot spots are keying in a great bite!
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.
The shad tournament yielded little success for anglers due to low water conditions.
Monocacy Creek and Saucon Creek have been recently stocked with trout, and anglers are having success on various live baits and spoons. Trout appear to be holding extremely well in slow, deep pools and the best chance of success are in the early mornings or late evenings. The trout stockings are almost completed, but there are still plenty of trout to be caught.